DATA @ Darklight :: Friday 25th April, 2014

From Cryptography to Autonomy

Discussion & Open Mouse Night 7.30pm | Third Space, Smithfield | FREE

With the revelations that the Security State has joined with the Corporation in the wholesale dragnet of our daily lives, it is now clear that the internet and in many respects the wider public sphere is being strangled, degrading the very basis of a democratic society in the process. This year’s DATA@Darklight event will examine this ever tightening grid of control and consider the means by which to resist or escape it. We will hear from members of the Dublin branch of Crypto Party, described by Cory Doctorow as “a Tupperware party for learning crypto”, on their efforts to organise in Ireland and internationally. We will also hear from Gavin Mendel-Gleason of Left Forum who will present on Machine Learning and the Security State. Finally we be joined by key organisers of, the Italian collective of privacy, cyber rights and political activists, who will share their experiences of fighting for autonomy during Berlusconi’s years in power.

‘Open Mouse’

In keeping with an established tradition of DATA we re-institute the ‘Open Mouse’ and call on all producers to bring your works/sounds/gear/games/code , finished or not – so that we might share in and support each others efforts. If you are a practitioner – animator, musician, filmmaker, gamer, coder – and are in need some feedback from a supportive audience, then we invite you to bring your ongoing projects or recently completed works, related or totally unrelated to our Crypto/Autonomist theme this year. Simply bring your gear and we will plug you in.


Resistors to Resistance – A History of Hacktivism

Despite its recent heavy use in media in relation to Anonymous, the term ”hacktivism” is close to 15 years old and the concepts involved are twice that. This talk will attempt to explain the history, the means and the motivations of those who practice offensive hacking with a political goal in mind.

Nosmo // CryptoParty Dublin

Can computers dream?

Gavin Mendel-Gleason // Machine Learning and the Security State.

10 years of hacking and media activism

Autistici / Inventati speakers

CryptoParty is a grassroots global endeavour to introduce the basics of practical cryptography to the general public

Gavin Mendel-Gleason is a post-doctoral researcher at Dublin City University working on applications of machine learning. He is also a trade unionist, an activist and a member of the Left Forum.

Autistici // Inventati is an Italian internet activist collective that provides free tools and media infrastructure in order to promote privacy, security and cyber rights.


Data event in association with the Provisional University: Rethinking the Smart City

Rethinking the Smart City: A Primer

When: March 24th 7pm – 9pm

Where: Dunlop Oriel House, Corner of Fenian Street & Westland Row, Dublin 2.


Speakers: Adam Greenfield, with an introduction by Rob Kitchin

Respondents: Aphra Kerr (NUIM), Jim Merricks White (NUIM) Rachel O’Dwyer (TCD)

Admission is free but places are limited. To book go to

It’s generally understood that a smart city refers to integrated information and communication technologies, embedded sensor networks and smart girds rapidly becoming part of the infrastructural fabric of our cities, and contributing to its overall function and management. But the smart city is not just an informational overlay. It extends to a broader rationality for resource management (water, energy, transport, air), for governance and agency administration, and for economic/commercial stimulation. While this is significant, various factors seem to have prevented extended public discussion about smart cities. This might be because planning for the smart city is still limited to academic research institutions and government initiatives. It might also be the case that the disciplinary approach to the smart city means it doesn’t always join up with other relevant discussions about urban planning and policy, resource management and the right to the city currently taking place, even though we share and articulate many of the same concerns. We therefore see this event as a primer for more ongoing discussion on the smart city, as it relates to these broader issues and particularly as it relates to Dublin City. What are we talking about when we talk about the smart city? What limitations are there to the way that the smart city is currently articulated? What alternatives might exist? This event is in association with the Programmable City Project, NUIM.


Adam Greenfield is a writer, urbanist and founding director of New York City-based design practice UrbanScale. His work focuses on the intersection of design, technology and culture, with a strong interest in urban form and metropolitan experience. Greenfield is the author of Everyware: the Dawning age of Ubiquitous Computing (New Riders, 2006) and Against the Smart City (The city is here for you to use) alongside Nurri Kim (Do Projects, 2013). Adam is also Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities.

Rob Kitchin is a professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He has published widely across the social sciences, including 21 books and over 130 articles and book chapters. He is editor of the international journals, Progress in Human Geography and Dialogues in Human Geography, and for eleven years was the editor of Social and Cultural Geography. His book ‘Code/Space’ (with Martin Dodge) won the Association of American Geographers ‘Meridian Book Award’ for the outstanding book in the discipline in 2011. He is currently a PI on the Programmable City project, the Digital Repository of Ireland, and the All-Island Research Observatory – See more at:

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