Trolling for Change

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Proposal
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 4:45 – 5:30pm

Excerpt

Don't wait for companies to change their unethical policies -- go ahead and change their policies for them. This talk will dive into the tech stack of the Yes Men, a culture jamming collective that has spent the past two decades putting words in the mouths of multinational corporations.

Description

Don’t wait for companies to change their unethical policies — go ahead and change their policies for them. This talk will dive into the tech stack of the Yes Men, a culture jamming collective that has spent the past two decades putting words in the mouths of multinational corporations. Using illicit press conferences, legitimate-looking websites, and Twitter bots, the YM have forced the hand of billion dollar companies and inspired citizens to imagine a world where large corporations act ethically and transparently.

After a brief introduction of the YM and some examples of their “identity corrections,” we’ll explore best practices for creating websites that poke fun at powerful, litigious corporations. We’ll discuss:

- Anonymous web dev and hosting
- DMCA takedowns
- CFAA concerns
- First amendment protections
- Burner phone numbers and email addresses
- Basic web security
- …and so much more

Speaking experience

I have spoken at many small-to-medium tech meetups. I have never given this talk before.

Speaker

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    Biography

    Chris writes open source software that promotes fairness and transparency in financial markets as a Senior Technology Fellow at a federal agency. Previously he did tech stuff with Greenpeace, Occupy Wall Street and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He lives and works from a ten-foot box truck retrofitted with solar panels, running water, and broadband Internet access.