Event: “Website Privacy Extreme” (16 May in Helsinki/FIN)

I am excited to announce, with support from the community at Helsinki’s cooperatively-owned trans-disciplinary cultural space Kuusi Palaa, a hands-on hacking evening to privacy-proof personal and project websites on May 16.

If you have a website, are active in the cultural field (no strict definition; if you feel this event is for you, then it is!) and are concerned about subjecting your visitors to corporate surveillance, join in for an evening of collaborative hacking and privacy-related discussions.

The event is free to attend …even better: attending will earn you 13ᵽ, Kuusi Palaa’s internal currency that will enable you to get involved with other activities at this decentralised cultural venue (learn more).

Not in Helsinki, but interested? I'm available to facilitate this event format in your city, too.Contact me The intended audience are artists, activists, cultural producers and concerned individuals and – this is important – the focus is not so much on GDPR-compliance, but on truly thinking privacy through and possibly taking it to the absolute extreme.

Past event

Website Privacy Extreme

Kuusi Palaa, Kolmas Linja 7, 00530 Helsinki, Finland

As of 25 May 2018, the new EU privacy law (GDPR) will become enforceable, affecting artists and cultural activists just as much as big corporations. While businesses work out the fine balance between collecting data and keeping it legal (and pay lawyers to do that), how about not even having privacy-relevant issues on your site?

During this hands-on evening, we discuss where our websites (often unknowingly; be ready to be surprised!) aggregate or leak user data and together work on solutions to protect our users' privacy to the max. This is not a GDPR seminar and definitely no binding legal advice, but an experimental hacking event for active webizens concerned about privacy first and legal compliance second. As the title promises, the goal is to take it to the extreme: challenging 'common practices' and pushing the boundaries.

The event's format is ideation, exchange, co-working and creative hacking. The facilitator brings along some privacy and GDPR background, tools and strategies - we all fire up the code editors and make things happen. Everybody assists each other - tech skills should not be a limitation for participation! A blog post will document the achievements.

Sign up on KuusiPalaa.fi or RSVP by e-mail.

Image caption: Embedding YouTube videos is just one of many ways of subjecting your users to third-party tracking against their will.

Kindly note: this is a highly experimental event. Also, while the idea is to develop and share ideas for privacy-aware webdesign, you might walk away with more new questions than you got answers to old ones… You have been warned!

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