Internet Freedom Hack: Defending Encryption

Internet Freedom Hack is a series of community events that bring technologists with a passion for digital rights together to build things that advance the cause of internet freedom. 

Running for the third time in Brisbane and Melbourne for Aaron Swartz Day, on the weekend 9th-11th November 2018.

The theme this time is “defending encryption” (against the government’s attack on encryption). Any project that fits under the broad umbrella of internet freedom, including anything that aligns closely with Aaron Swartz’s work on transparency and accountability, is welcome.

Our mission is to grow the digital rights movement, and contribute positively and effectively to advancing internet freedom.

By attending you’ll get a chance to:

  • work with a small team on a meaningful problem
  • be recognised by the civil society community

We need developers, experience designers, visual designers, quality analysts, business analysts, puzzle solvers, ideas people, managers, and anyone else with an interest in collaborative development, or the causes of privacy, digital rights, transparency, or accountability.

We’ll form teams – you don’t need to be an expert in any field.



  • 17:30 Arrive, Drinks, Dinner
  • 18:15 Monique Mann on ASS Access but not a backdoor
  • 18:35 Angus Murray on IP and trade secrets and transparency
  • 18:55 Tim Wilson-Brown on Working Together for Online Freedom
  • 19:15 Pitching warm up
  • 19:45 Pitches
  • 20:00 Form teams
  • 22:00 Close


  • 08:00 Doors open
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Hacking with your team and problem owners
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 18:00 Close


  • 08:00 Doors open
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Dial in to San Francisco for a live interview with Barrett Brown and others from the Pursuance Project
  • 15:30 Team presentations
  • 16:30 Awards Ceremony
  • 17:00 Drinks


Location: Thought Works, Level 19,127 Creek Street [link to map]
Start Date: 09/11/2018 [add to calendar]
End Date: 11/11/2018
Cost: FREE

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