Riot in the Matrix

Revolutionizing Communication and Ending Data Slavery

Corporations and their applications control our identities and networks. They extract data of our sharing activities and communication to monetize it within the prism of surveillance capitalism. Services are offered at no cost, but the price to pay is measured in valuable data. Billions of people use these “free services” like Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, Google and all the others. But the paradigm is always the same: Submit your identity, create your profile, build your network, share your content, share your communication history – basically your whole digital life. Somehow we’ve all been misled into a form of digital data slavery. A few giant corporations and their database silos are harvesting our digital life. For the profit of a few.

In this session, a proposal for a radical shift of the current paradigm will be presented and discussed. Corporations and their applications must serve us without extracting our identity, contacts and content we produce. They must respect our human rights. They must operate on the “need to know” principle and we must be in charge of the definition of what needs to be known. The radical shift must include a radical decentralization of our identity and contacts associated with us. Imagine having your self- sovereign identity and your contact network always in your pocket, bag or at home.

This session will present some of the most cutting edge developments in the field of revolutionary communication, user-centric identity and the blockchain. It will also provide an open space to brainstorm the future and to continue spinning the wheel of the digital revolution. Share your ideas and projects at this special gathering of professionals!


Markus Sabadello (AT)

Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect Network, and the FreedomBox. He has worked as an analyst and consultant at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet&Society, at the MIT Media Lab’s Human Dynamics Group, at the World Economic Forum’s “Rethinking Personal Data” project, and at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Markus has spoken at dozens of conferences and published papers about both the politics and technologies of digital identity. In 2015, Markus founded startup Danube Tech in Vienna to develop new identity technologies at the edge of important political and social questions.

Ksenia Ermoshina (RU)

Ksenia is a postdoctoral researcher at Nextleap, a European project focused on decentralization and privacy. Starting November 2017 Ksenia will join Citizen Lab (University of Toronto) to research information control in the context of armed conflicts. As a researcher, Ksenia is focused on the sociology and usability of encryption tools for activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. Beyond academia, Ksenia is organizing cryptoparties under the name “Transcyberian” with the goal to create spaces where the worlds of noise, experimental electronic music, encryption and free software meet and interact. She’s also an Internet Freedom activist involved in several campaigns in Russia and around the world.

Joachim Lohkamp (DE)
Joachim is an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. He is obsessed with knowledge, change and innovation. Currently, he is Founder and CEO of Jolocom, a Berlin-based startup building decentralized tools that lets you generate your own digital identity to assist linkage and attribution of data. Besides that Joachim is a connector for Ouishare, curating the content for the Decentralization & Blockchain track of the Ouishare Fest. Also he organizes GETDcent and is an active member of the Agora Collective in Berlin.

Daniel Erlacher (AT)

Daniel is one of the founders of the Elevate Festival in Graz, which is an annual festival for music, art and political discourse. He coordinates the discourse part of the festival as well as the development and production of the Elevate Mediachannel livestream and the Elevate Awards. Before working with Elevate he promoted music events in Graz and ran a record label including an international community website for a duration of more than 10 years. Being an advocate for free and open source software/hardware, he runs multiple web-servers himself, providing infrastructure to civil society organizations as well as record labels. He regularly works on topics like public- & social media, decentralized communication, data protection, geopolitics and human rights. He is a jury member of the Big Brother Awards Austria and a frequent collaborator with various civil society organizations in Austria and beyond.

Date / Time
Oct 28 | 14:00

Parkgata 27-29, Tromsø

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