[Friday Nov. 25] Crypto Design Challenge event at Paradiso, Amsterdam
Posted: 31 October 2016 03:58 PM
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In a collaboration of the Citizen Data Lab, Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and MOTI museum Breda, a Crypto Design Challenge is hosted on November 25th in Paradiso.

Crypto Design Challenge

The Deep Web evokes images of an underworld that cannot bear the light of day. Yet this hidden realm contains an estimated 96% of all the content to be found circulating online. The first international Crypto Design Challenge shout out to artists, designers, researchers and visionaries to dive in and create new images of the Deep Web.

Data leaks such as the Panama Papers and sensational press coverage on cybercriminals operating in a virtual legal vacuum maintain a dramatic image of online encrypted channels as a lawless cove, populated by bandits, predators and pirates. However, the Deep Web is so much more than an online black market, teeming with scandals and illegal activity. In fact, an estimated 96% of all the content online is not accessible through search engines, including encrypted databases, secret wikis and information that has not been indexed.

This realm also empowered many citizens during the Arab Spring, providing encrypted communication channels to coordinate protest movements. Indeed, it harbors important communication tools for human rights NGOs, political dissidents, activists, and every other user who – for any reason whatsoever – wishes not to be tracked, stalked, and spied on. It is one of the remaining bastions of individual privacy, against corporate and governmental snooping and data mining, a place where anyone can remain anonymous.

Three years after the Snowden revelations, it is safe to conclude that the focus on surveillance and individual privacy has not lead to a thriving debate on the infrastructure, imagination and accessibility to information on the web. Public outrage about privacy and data leaks has failed to spark the collective imagination.

Closing Event: Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL), November 25, 2016
More information: https://cryptodesign.org/cryptodesignawards/

Students tickets are free, please register: https://cryptodesign.typeform.com/to/pCb8ck 
NB: Please bring your student card to the event.

Regular tickets cost €10: https://www.paradiso.nl/web/Agenda-Item/Crypto-Design-Event-Awards.htm

The Crypto Design Challenge was initiated by MOTI, Museum of the Image in Breda in 2015. This year’s edition is organised in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures and the Citizen Data Lab, both based at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries.

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