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Upcoming Meetups:

September 4 · October 2 · October 30 · December 18

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CITIZENS OF EVIDENCE Meetup: Secure Self-Hosted File Distribution Systems for Everyone

Wednesday 4 September, 19:00 at STATE Studio, Hauptstr 3, 10827 Berlin (U7 Kleistpark)

Free admission – registration required as spots are limited.

In preparation of the Disruption Network Lab 17th conference Citizens of Evidence: Independent Investigations for Change (20-21 September 2019, Studio 1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien – https://www.disruptionlab.org/citizens-of-evidence). We invite you to join us for a workshop by Danja Vasiliev and Sarah Grant of Radical Networks on how to set a self-hosted secure file sharing system.

Program starts from 19:00:
- Introduction to the next Disruption Network Lab event Citizens of Evidence: Independent Investigations for Change.
- Introduction to Radical Networks.
- Workshop.
- Drinks and networking.

Radical Networks (https://radicalnetworks.org) is a conference that celebrates the free and open Internet, with hands-on workshops, speakers, and a gallery exhibiting artworks centered around radio and networking technology. Radical Networks is also an arts festival that considers networking technology as an artistic medium, featuring works that run the gamut from ethical hacks to creative experiments to live performances. This event brings together artists, activists, community organizers, journalists, technologists, educators, and the public, to exchange ideas and look under the hood of what makes the Internet work. Radical Networks is in its fifth year and is the first festival and conference of its kind in the United States. The next edition will take place October 18-20 at Prime Produce in NYC.


Workshop: Secure Self-Hosted file distribution systems for everyone

In this workshop, attendees will be lead through the process of configuring a Raspberry Pi as an offline web server and wireless access point. Participants will also learn how to set up a self-hosted installation of Nextcloud, an open source alternative to Google Drive and Dropbox, for collaborative file authorship, sharing and distribution. If time permits, participants will also be shown how to securely bring their Raspberry Pis online via a VPN configuration for allowing others to access their files over the internet.

Equipment needed:

- Your laptop
- USB->Ethernet adapter if needed
- A class 10 minimum 8GB microSD card
- Your cell phone wall charger
- A raspberry pi version 2 B+ or newer

Registration:

- The workshop is free of admission and the number of seats is limited to 20. Booking is essential.
- To register, please write to info@disruptionlab.org with your name, a short description about your interest to attend the workshop and the operating system you will be running on (max 100 words).
- Let us know in your email if you have your own kit. We will be able to provide a limited number of kits (Raspberry Pi + Ethernet adapter) to borrow in the workshop: first come, first serve.
- Please make sure to attend the workshop if you confirm your availability. If you can't attend please inform us so we give your place to another participant from the waitlist.

Workshop instructors:

Danja Vasiliev is a Critical Engineer born in Saint-Petersburg, currently living and working in Berlin. Vasiliev studies Systems and Networks through anti-disciplinary experimentation with hardware, firmware and software. Using computational platforms he engages in examination and exploitation of System and Network paradigms in both the physical and digital realms. Based on these findings, Vasiliev creates and exhibits works of Critical Engineering.

Sarah Grant is an American media artist and educator based in Berlin. With a focus on radio and computer networking, she researches and develops open source software, artworks as educational tools, and workshops that demystify computer networking technology. She organizes the Radical Networks conference in New York and Berlin, a community event and arts festival for people doing critical investigations and creative experiments with computer networking.


Past Meetups:


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AI TRAPS Meetup: Reshape the future - Revealing & transforming algorithmic inequality

Wednesday 26 June, 19:00 at STATE Studio, Hauptstr 3, 10827 Berlin (U7 Kleistpark) - Entrance is free.

Following on our recent Disruption Network Lab conference ‘AI TRAPS: Automating Discrimination’ , where we took a closer look at how AI & algorithms reinforce prejudices and biases of its human creators and societies, in this meetup we focus on possible strategies for exposing and transforming algorithmic inequality. We will hear from the OpenSCHUFA project, which has worked since 2018 on unveiling the algorithm behind the SCHUFA credit score, and from The Oracle for transfeminist technologies, which opens up the debate on algorithmic bias through a speculative codesign card game.

Program - starting from 19:00:

- Looking back at the ‘AI TRAPS: Automating Discrimination’ conference: sharing our thoughts.

- OpenSCHUFA. In early 2018 the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and Algorithm-Watch launched the project OpenSCHUFA, which works on reverse-engineering the algorithms of the SCHUFA, Germany’s credit rating system. The SCHUFA has immense power over people’s lives: a low SCHUFA score means landlords will refuse to rent you an apartment, banks will reject your credit card application and network providers will say ‘no’ to a new contract. But what if your SCHUFA score is low because there are mistakes in your credit history? Or if the score is calculated by a mathematical model that is biased? The scoring procedure of the private company SCHUFA is highly intransparent and not accessible to the public. OpenSCHUFA launched a large-scale data donation campaign to shed light on the black box SCHUFA. Arne Semsrott of OKF Germany joins us to share more on the process and results.

- The Oracle for transfeminist technologies. Most of the algorithms commanding our digital interactions are biased and help maintain the norms of a consumerist, misogynist, racist, ableist, gender binary, and heteropatriarchal society. The Oracle for transfeminist technologies invites people through a speculative codesign game to radically re-imagine what AI could look like if built around transfeminist values. Clara Juliano, a designer and illustrator at Coding Rights, recently developed the project as part of the Superrr Feminist Tech Fellowship. Inspired by the use of divination procedures as technologies to understand the present and reshape the future, the set of divination cards functions as an Oracle to guide us towards envisioning transfeminist Ais.

- Drinks and networking, with the option to try out The Oracle for transfeminist technologies for yourself

Our meetups take place at STATE Studio, a public gallery, showroom and event space in Berlin-Schöneberg. It’s a place for creative synergies between science, art, and innovation to discover and explore the breakthrough developments that shape our future.

The Disruption Network Lab Activation program is kindly supported by the Guerilla Foundation.

Further reading:
Walter Palmetshofer, ‘OpenSCHUFA: the first results’
Increased risk: An investigation by BR Data and SPIEGEL Data
Clara Juliano, ‘The Oracle for transfeminist technologies’

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AI TRAPS MEET-UP:
AI Threats on Queer Bodies:

Thu May 30 2019 · 19:00 · State Studio · Haupstr 3, 10827 Berlin (U7 Kleistpark)
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We are excited that XEN, the XenoEntities Network community, joins us for the meetup that anticipates the next Disruption Network Lab event AI Traps: Automating Discrimination (14-15 June 2019, Studio 1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien). In this next conference we take a close look at how AI & algorithms reinforce prejudices and biases of its human creators and societies, and how to fight discrimination.

XEN will warm up this discussion with a focus on AI Threats on Queer Bodies: Computational Gaze and Toxic Normalization.

XenoEntities Network (XEN) is a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies, organized by Lou Drago, Pedro Marum, and Zander Porter. The XEN-curated programs comprise events with performances, screenings, and panels. Programs revolve around contemporary art and philosophical-theoretical themes such as posthumanism, xenofeminism, cyborgs and prosthetics, surveillance technologies, and virtual reality, amongst others. https://xenoentitiesnetwork.com/about

AI Threats on Queer Bodies: Computational Gaze and Toxic Normalization

In an era of increasing digital-surveillance and info-militarism, we realise that the targets of certain oppressive gazes are not only state-proclaimed criminals but also all citizens: all potential deviants to the state order.

From CCTV, drones, border checks, and police raids, the immense dragnet of surveillance extends to even more intimate mechanisms, collecting data and metadata from personal emails, social media, and clouds. With the latest technologies of biometric surveillance and dataveillance, our physical and virtual bodies have become rich pools for data-mining. Yet, under mechanic scrutiny, surveillance has a normative effect on how bodies should look in order to distinguish the “citizen” from the “terrorist” and the “normal” from the “deviant”, an algorithmic supremacy that perpetuates ableism, classism, homophobia, sexism, racism, and transphobia.

It is easy to succumb to feelings of disempowerment and paralysis. How do we deal with these mechanisms of oppression?

In the open and fluid format of this meetup we will look into artists, hacktivists and theorists who deal with AI technologies, how they are used as forms of governance and control and speculate on strategies of counteraction. We will meditate on communal practices of disruption and contamination of a voracious system that feeds on biometric data in order to regulate, police, criminalise those who do no conform to the binary-constructed reality seen by algorithms. Our world is a world of absolute indeterminacy, our bodies are radically deviant, a deviance that cannot be eviscerated by data capture. Rather than "opt out", we must think of staying with the trouble as a queer radical practice.

Pedro Marum and Steph Holl-Trieu will mediate this open conversation. You are warmly invited to join us and share your thoughts: please bring materials, ideas, questions or concerns you would like to discuss.

Program - starting from 19:00:

Introduction to next Disruption Network Lab event ‘AI TRAPS: Automating Discrimination’

Introduction to the XenoEntities Network (XEN)

AI Threats on Queer Bodies: Computational Gaze and Toxic Normalization: open conversation mediated by Pedro Marum and Steph Holl-Trieu

Drinks and networking

Our meetups take place at STATE Studio, a public gallery, showroom and event space in Berlin-Schöneberg. It’s a place for creative synergies between science, art, and innovation to discover and explore the breakthrough developments that shape our future. https://state-studio.com/studio

The Disruption Network Lab Activation program is kindly supported by the Guerilla Foundation.


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DARK HAVENS MEET-UP:
Diving Deeper into Data

Wed April 17 2019 · 19:00 · State Studio · Haupstr 3, 10827 Berlin (U7 Kleistpark)
Following up #DNL15 DARK HAVENS

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At our second meetup, which follows after the Disruption Network Lab’s conference DARK HAVENS: Confronting Hidden Money and Power (5-6 April 2019, Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien), we will dive deeper into some of the tools that were discussed for handling the large amounts of data of leaks such as the Panama Papers. We also take a look back at the workshop of RYBN.org of 7 April and hear from participants what they discovered on their psycho-geographic tour of Berlin shell companies & shadow finance offices.

Program:

  • Looking back at the DARK HAVENS conference: sharing our thoughts. We’ll start with a round of feedback on the recent DARK HAVENS conference, to see which issues came up that we want to explore further, or which questions are still unanswered.

  • Diving deeper into OCCRP Data with Friedrich Lindenberg (Data Team Lead, OCCRP, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project). OCCRP Data is a platform for investigative reporters, or anyone looking into corruption, to find leads to investigate. It is powered by Aleph, an open source software tool that indexes large amounts of data for easy browsing and searching. After speaking at our DARK HAVENS panel, Friedrich will share more with us on how to handle massive amounts of data, ways that the Aleph tool could be used in other contexts, and possible future improvements of the database.

  • Reflection on the RYBN.org workshop ‘Offshore Tour Operator Berlin: we will hear from workshop participants what they discovered on their psycho-geographic tour of Berlin shell companies & shadow finance offices. In the workshop, participants used the „Offshore Tour Operator“, a psycho-geographic GPS prototype, to hunt the streets of Berlin for shell companies, trust firms, domiciliation agencies and shadow finance offices and agents that are referenced in the Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers and Bahamas Leaks data-bases. Participants were invited to photograph the entrance, describe the area, observe the letterboxes and intercom systems to check if the name of the offshore entity, revealed by the leaks, is still there, and take notes on the path taken to it, to later discuss the experiences and share collected images.

  • Drinks and networking

You are warmly invited to join us, share your thoughts and find out more about how to get involved.

Our meetups take place at STATE Studio, a public gallery, showroom and event space in Berlin-Schöneberg. It’s a place for creative synergies between science, art, and innovation to discover and explore the breakthrough developments that shape our future.

Further reading:


DARK HAVENS MEET-UP:
Exposing Secret Connections

March 20 2019 · 19:00 · State Studio · Haupstr 3, 10827 Berlin
In anticipation of #DNL15 DARK HAVENS

In our first community meetup of the year, we invite you to join us for an introduction to the 2019 program of the Disruption Network Lab, ‘The Art of Exposing Injustice’, in cooperation with Transparency International.

On this night we kick off the exploration around our first event of the year, Dark Havens: Confronting Hidden Money & Power (5-6 April 2019, Studio 1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien), which focuses on the issues of financial corruption and tax havens and the informational, political, technological and artistic response to such topics.

We will hear from two Berlin-based initiatives, Transparency International Deutschland e. V. and Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland how they work on opening up data and increasing transparency in the fight against corruption.

Program - Starting from 19:00:

Introduction to the 2019 program ‘The Art of Exposing Injustice’ and the Activation program by the Disruption Network Lab team

Input from Transparency Germany on how they work on financial transparency and whistleblowing. Transparency Germany is the national chapter of Transparency International, the global network leading the fight against corruption including more than 100 established national chapters. Transparency Germany’s aim is to raise public awareness about the harmful consequences of corruption and to strengthen integrity systems. A key element is their work with volunteers: thematically organized groups serve as forums for the exchange of information and the development of new positions and demands.

Input from Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e. V. on their recently launched initiative to open up company registration data, https://offeneregister.de/. Together with OpenCorporates, they make information from the German company register accessible as open data. For the first time, data such as the registered office, legal form and authorised representatives of 5.1 million German companies, foundations and associations are openly and freely available on the Internet. Linking international company data with data from the Panama and Paradise Papers can be of great help for investigative journalists when they investigate international cases of money laundering and corruption.

Drinks and networking. You are warmly invited to join us, share your thoughts and find out more about how to get involved - entrance is free.Our meetups take place at STATE Studio, a public gallery, showroom and event space in Berlin-Schöneberg. It’s a place for creative synergies between science, art, and innovation to discover and explore the breakthrough developments that shape our future. https://state-studio.com/studio

Read more:

Mehr Transparenz von Unternehmensdaten – OpenCorporates veröffentlicht eine neue Datenbank (Transparency Deutschland)
Finally: Open Company Data! (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland)


About the Activtion Programme:


Disruption Network Lab ACTIVATION Programme

Digital Rights Activism & Social Advocacy

During the year, we connect with Berlin-based activists, communities and initiatives to share skills and create new tools to fight digital injustice. In regular meetups around our main events we invite you to join us and hear from others how they are working on social, political and cultural change in the fields of our conference topics.

Everyone interested is welcome to provide their input to our ongoing activities and research: the meetups will be a mixture of open discussions, small workshops and short input presentations. They provide you the opportunity to get involved with our topics before each conference, dive deeper into it after the event itself, and to connect with the each other on a regular basis.

Our meetups take place at STATE studio, a participatory gallery space for science and art in Berlin-Schöneberg where public discussion of current, socially relevant developments in scientific research and their impact on society is stimulated.

The results of our exchange feed into the final Disruption Network Lab event of the year, the November community gathering, where we look back together at all topics in connection to the community-based initiatives and activist approaches that we discussed throughout the year. Through bringing examples of direct social and cultural community work into a collective discussion, we aim to spark inspiration that alternative ways of intervening in society are possible and accessible for everyone interested to join, and activate people to join us in the fight against digital injustice.


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