FOSDEM, Brussels, February 2018


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Booth

There is a table / booth Saturday / Sunday in building K, level 1 shared by SecureDrop Tor & NosOignons.

  • Saturday 3rd

    • 9h-11h loic
    • 11h-13h fpoulain
    • 13h-15h jen
    • 15h-17h conor
  • Sunday 4th

    • 9h-11h loic
    • 11h-13h fpoulain

Privacy track

A privacy track was proposed and accepted on Sunday afternoon, featuring 8 talks including SecureDrop. There needs to be at least two persons to help with the organization at all times. The technical details are explained before 9am on Sunday morning in the devroom.

  • 8h30 loic for technical details (authentication information to be received in printed form & mail)
  • 1pm kwadronaut & heartsucker
  • 2pm loic & heartsucker
  • 3pm loic & conor
  • 4pm heartsucker & jen

#2

The deadline for devrooms is September 20, 2017. It would probably make sense to propose a privacy devroom with talks about SecureDrop (obviously), tails, Qubes, nothing2hide, EU directive on whistleblowers.

It has been suggested that if it is rejected (likely), we can propose a talk in a related devroom (security or even legal). And try again the next year.

https://submission.fosdem.org/devroom.php


#3

People friendly to SecureDrop may agree to host a talk in a devroom that is vaguely related:

  • legal
  • security
  • decentralized internet

Not a perfect fit though.


#4

Maybe a Surveillance Self-Defense devroom ? The projects that may be interested in participating could be:

##Technical:

##Organizations:


#5

I’m quite interested in a kind of collaborative talk about surveillance and self defense with nothing2hide and nos onions. Gonna ask some people from this organization.


#6

@heartsucker draft mail to tor-project@lists.torproject.org: Will send in a few hours unless you object or ask me to wait.

Hi!

We are (heartsucker and myself) volunteers for the SecureDrop[1] project (mostly coding[2][3]). We propose to organize a FOSDEM[4] devroom[5] for projects dedicated to Privacy or "Surveillance Self-Defense". This is time consuming but worth the effort.

Would someone from the Tor project be interested in proposing a talk to this devroom ? 

You might say this is a premature question. But the FOSDEM organizers are more likely to agree to dedicate a room to a given topic if existing projects expressed an interest. A classical chicken and egg problem ;-) On top of that time is of the essence: the devroom proposals deadline is in a few days (20 September). We're hoping an active contributor to the Tor project will just say: "Yeah, I'll propose a talk" and that will be a significant boost.

What do you think ?

[1] http://securedrop.org/
[2] https://github.com/freedomofpress/securedrop/commits?author=heartsucker
[3] https://github.com/freedomofpress/securedrop/commits?author=dachary
[4] https://fosdem.org/2018/
[5] https://submission.fosdem.org/devroom.php

Update: mail sent, waiting approval https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/


#7

No objections. Fire away.


#8

Opened a pad to prepare the submission to https://submission.fosdem.org/devroom.php


#9

Note about duration of talks: we’ll establish a rule 20 min + 10 min questions. And we’ll be open to exceptions, granted to seasoned speakers who are good at what they do.


#10

I will poke some Tails and Qubes folks about this and point them your way, @dachary.


#11

Done. Looped @dachary in via email and pointed folks to this thread.


#12

Title of devroom:

Privacy and Surveillance Self-Defense with FLOSS

Elaborate description of proposed devroom (including possible topics):

Modern technology has given the powerful new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense (as defined by EFF) relies on a range of Free Software tools to counteract this negative impact of massive surveillance. It is now a fundamental assumption about modern life that we are all connected. Almost everyone carries one or more electronic devices with us at all times. We will cover a range of topics around how to use FLOSS tools to help minimize the amount of information an individual leak while using their electronic devices. SSD doesn’t end with Tor Browser and Signal. For many people, activists and those living under tyrranical governments, SSD is a full time job. This devroom will additionally cover tactics one could apply to their day to day life.

Possible topics:

The following projects have interest in submitting proposals for presentations in our devroom, should we be accepted:

Why does it fit FOSDEM?

  • Free Software contributors are given an opportunity to understand and participate to globally useful projects
  • The challenges can be explained to a very technical audience able to provide suggestions and ideas
  • Successful Surveillance Self-Defense needs to be provided by Free Software
  • Projects share a common goal and would get an opportunity to meet

Preferred slot

Full day

Contacts

Primary contact:

Loic Dachary loic at dachary.org

Submitter’s affinity to the topic of the devroom:

Loic is a full time volunteer, developper of the SecureDrop project, protecting sources and journalists. He is also a member of the http://nothing2hide.org non profit.

Secondary contact:

Eric Hartsuyker heartsucker at riseup.net

Additional information

Relevant URLs

Special requirements:

None


#13

The devroom was declined, unfortunately. I’ll send mails to people who were interested to keep them informed. Better luck next year !

The next step will now be to submit talks to the selected devrooms :slight_smile:


#14

I was too quick to conclude the devroom was declined. It was merged into the Decentralized devroom. Yeah :slight_smile:

For the record, here is a copy of the e-mail we received today:

Please work together on a call for papers over the next week or so.

  --> cortex@worlddomination.be, jrabier@ilico.org, heartsucker@riseup.net, loic@dachary.org


"Modern technology has given the powerful new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense (as defined by EFF) relies on a range of Free Software tools to counteract this negative impact of massive surveillance. It is now a fundamental assumption about modern life that we are all connected. Almost everyone carries one or more electronic devices with us at all times. We will cover a range of topics around how to use FLOSS tools to help minimize the amount of information an individual leak while using their electronic devices. SSD doesn't end with Tor Browser and Signal. For many people, activists and those living under tyrranical governments, SSD is a full time job. This devroom will additionally cover tactics one could apply to their day to day life.


Possible topics:

* Anonymous overlay networks: https://www.torproject.org/ https://freenetproject.org/
* Whistleblower platforms: https://securedrop.org/ https://www.globaleaks.org/
* Privacy oriented Operating Systems: https://tails.boum.org/ https://heads.dyne.org/ https://www.qubes-os.org/
* Collaborative localization https://www.localizationlab.org/
* Infrastructure supporting anonymous browsing https://nos-oignons.net/ 
* Security Self-Defense training and awareness raising https://nothing2hide.org/ https://ssd.eff.org/
* Operational security: how to minimize the amount of information someone can collect about you online and on the streets https://freedom.press
* Basic threat modeling: what sort of paranoia do you realisticially need to have? What can you do once you've defined your threat model?
* Steps to minimize damange in the event of a breach (hack, have items confiscated by border agents, arrest)

The following projects have interest in submitting proposals for presentations in our devroom, should we be accepted:

* https://qubes-os.org
* https://heads.dyne.org/ 
* https://securedrop.org/ 
* https://nothing2hide.org/ 
* https://freedom.press/ 
* https://www.globaleaks.org/ 

"* Free Software contributors are given an opportunity to understand and participate to globally useful projects
* The challenges can be explained to a very technical audience able to provide suggestions and ideas
* Successful Surveillance Self-Defense needs to be provided by Free Software
* Projects share a common goal and would get an opportunity to meet"

"Open Source and Free Software promises were to empower individuals when it came to computing. Three decades later, computing is almost always connected to the Internet one way or another. PCs are less used while smartphones are soaring and data is collected and stored on servers on which we have very limited control as users. What happened to our freedom and empowerment in the meantime? The outlook is not so great: we have less and less control over computing. Network Neutrality is in danger and most code we use is proprietary and runs on servers we don't have control over. There are a few projects around the world trying to change that. It's time to connect them together and give them a bit of visibility and FOSDEM is a great place for that. 

Topics could include all layers of the stack, from network, hardware, OS, platform, apps and services. This could give us the following topics: 

- Community-driven networks, such as the FFDN (Federation of non-profit Internet access providers), Guifi.net, Freifunk, ...
- Self-hosting solutions, such as Cozy Cloud, YunoHost, the Internet Cube project, Freedombox, Sandstorm, Cloudron, Nextcloud, ...
- Ethical hosting providers / alternatives to GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) such as Framasoft, Indiehosters, the CHATONS project, ...
- Decentralized / federated networks protocols and platforms such as ActivityPub, Mediagoblin, Mastodon, GNUsocial, Diaspora, Hubzilla, ...
- Decentralized / distributed instant messaging, file sharing and content storage such as Matrix, Movim, Ring, IPFS, Retroshare, ..."

"All of us use 3 types of computers: PCs, smartphones and Cloud systems. This third category deserves to be free too. Servers running free hardware and operating systems that we can keep control of ; platforms we can develop free software on ; and a neutral network we can use to communicate with services and with each other. The need for internet decentralization has been a hot topic for several years, and is now in the high priorities topic according to the FSF (c.f. https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/priority-projects/decentralization-federation ).

For several years, people tried to build a devroom proposal around self-hosting. Here, we want to broaden the scope of the proposal, bringing together complementary projects to FOSDEM. The success of last year's Devroom made it pretty clear that there is huge demand from the FOSDEM attendees to discuss the decentralized Internet topic: 

- All talks were full in attendance from the first talk on Sunday morning (not an easy feat considering the aftermath of Saturday's beer tasting usually taking place in Brussels) until the end of the afternoon
- There were people waiting all day long to get inside (see photos and Twitter discussions back then).
- We received a huge number of propositions, far more than we could accept even with talk length reduced to 30min.

A few quotes and pictures, among many others :
- The Matrix team : ?? [...] huge queues for the Decentralised Internet room [...]. Hopefully next year FOSDEM will allocate a larger room for decentralisation! ?? - https://matrix.org/blog/2017/02/06/fosdem-2017-report/ , https://twitter.com/ilumium/status/828172686362890240/photo/1 ;
- ?? The queue for the Decentralized Internet Devroom at @fosdem is INSANE (probably several hours of waiting to get in) ?? - https://twitter.com/nitot/status/828216585626206209 ;
- ?? I am losing all hope to get in the decentralized internet room, for the third consecutive talk :( That's very good sign tho! ?? - https://twitter.com/koolfy/status/828201908514988032 ;
- ?? Have to speak soon but decentralized internet room is full and can't get in :-D People are interested in a decentralized internet! #FOSDEM ?? - https://twitter.com/nemesisdesign/status/828177060128555008 ;
- ?? Queue for decentralised internet section at #FOSDEM - sign of the times ?? - https://twitter.com/stskeeps/status/828173562963951620 ;
- ?? Crazy! The Decentralized Internet Devroom is packed and the queue outside is HUGE! ?? https://twitter.com/nitot/status/828176160848740353 ;
- ?? Woah, not much of a chance to get into the #decentralised #internet room. Queue coming down the stairs. Bigger room next time for this popular topic, #FOSDEM? ?? https://iliketoast.net/p/1481650 ."



#15

Next deadline is 16 October : we (the 4 devroom organizers) need to provide the organizers with a call for paper. I will also send a mail to the people we contacted to tell them the good news.


#16

The call for paper was published, the people who showed an interest were notified. We’ll be busy moderating the proposals daily until the call for paper is closed (November 26th, 2017).


#17

Announcement of the call for paper:


#18

The deadline for the call of paper is … tomorrow (Sunday 26th) !


#19

Working on talk selections.


#20

Here is a proposal schedule:

Feb 2. Visit the beer event from 6pm to 2am (see the info from 2017 which is likely to stay the same for algorithms, prices etc.).

Feb 3:

One of us is expected to be at the SecureDrop / Tor / NosOignons table in the FOSDEM hall. Could @conorsch / @redshiftzero bring some FPF / SecureDrop swag ? The most important part would be for us to have t-shirts so people know we’re FPF / SecureDrop. And also to have some swag on display at the table.

I can be on duty from 9am to 1pm. What about @redshiftzero does 1pm to 3pm and @conorsch 3pm to 5pm ? I’m just proposing, let me know if you have other ideas :wink:

Feb 4:

Starting 1pm we’re on duty at the privacy track, managing it I will arrive early in the morning (~8am) to get the technical brief about how to operate the camera, videoprojector and microphones. Note that it is non stop (no lunch break) therefore no opportunity other than early morning. There needs to be two organizers. One to operate the machinery and help the speaker get ready. The other to deal with all unexpected events (something does not work, people make too much noise going in and out, etc.).