[Hacker-event-theory] introduction

Nick Farr nick at nickfarr.org
Fri Mar 28 16:49:41 CET 2014

Hi Rejo,

Great to have you on the list! I'm also thrilled that someone with your
background and sensibilities has joined the IFCAT board. I look forward
to working with you as you start planning for the 2015 CCCamp.

I also share your goals in seeing the global hacker community grow, and
in some ways I think I've been successful in this goal since I first got
involved back in late 90s. While we're way more diverse, I think we
still have a very long way to go in terms of diversity and equality in
the scene.

One of the reasons I started this list, and it's focus on more
high-level thoughts is because of what I observed at OHM. So much of
what happens at CCC events to make them work so well is "automatic".
It's embedded in the experiences of everyone who participates in them,
everyone was mentored (to an extent) in their their particular role,
learns how to do it better with each iteration and ends up passing on
that knowledge to those entering the scene.

This got me thinking that we're not really thinking about the "high
level" concerns or designs of well-run volunteer-driven hacker events.
If we all disappeared, a lot of institutional knowledge would be lost.
A lot of institutional knowledge didn't show up to OHM and most of OHM's
problems could be attributed to that.

However, this doesn't stop us from picking apart things on a more
specific level. This list has been a bit too low traffic. I'm putting
together an event before HOPE here in NYC, once I actually finish the
website for it, I'll be posting more about that here.

Great to have you on the list! Thanks for the introduction and I look
forward to meeting you face to face soon!


On 03/23/2014 10:06 AM, Rejo Zenger wrote:
> Hi there!
> As not everyone knows me, here's a short introduction. 
> Most importantly, I am passionate about our civil rights, our freedoms 
> and a transparent government. Both in my day time job as well as in my 
> spare time, I am researching all kinds of privacy-related matters. I do 
> this sometimes in close cooperation with media outlets, making sure the 
> problems are exposed. For example, the extensive use of military drones 
> by the Dutch police is on the political agenda now, mostly due to my 
> efforts. 
> At the moment my work as a privacy advocate at the Dutch civil rights 
> organisation Bits of Freedom pays the bills. Prior to that I have been 
> employed as a system administrator at a number of small Dutch ISP's as 
> well as two new media foundations. I have done lots of volunteering in 
> the past. 
> The reason for me to be here is plain and simple: I would like to 
> contribute to future events like the CCC-camp and -congress and it's 
> Dutch equivalents. In the long run, I would like to see the hacker 
> community to grow, to be one in it's diversity and to be take seriously 
> by the outside world. 
> A month ago I have joined Eelco on the board of the IFCAT-foundation.  
> When browsing thru the feedback that was given afterwards, I started 
> thinking about ways of capturing the knowledge (evaluating is one thing, 
> learning is another). You seem to be doing more or less exactly that, 
> although your implementation is a bit more high level then I had in 
> mind. 
> Anyways, I like the format, so I will definitely start contributing.
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