22 April 2017 | 09:00 - 24 April 2017 | 17:00

Counter Surveillance Workshop


Part of Exhibition #10: Dark Technology Dark Web


As our dependence on networked technology deepens, so does the risk of that same technology being used to exploit us.

This intensive 3-day workshop will guide participants through the tools, techniques and concepts necessary to protect themselves and those they care about from compromise by state actors, corporations and other predators in networked domains. Rather than simply installing privacy-focused software and trusting its efficacy, the Counter Surveillance Workshop prioritises a strong grounding in network topologies, threat-modeling and surveillance tactics toward the ends of a broadly applicable skill set.

From capturing and reconstructing data from wireless traffic, to device tracking, the dark web and online anonymity, participants will acquire both skills and tools normally reserved for those who would wish to take advantage of our lack of knowledge, to assert power over us.

A derivation of the popular 5-day NETworkshop, this intensive is intended for those with little or no prior understanding of counter-surveillance or digital networks. As we will traverse abstract and technical territories - some of which will appear at first opaque - we do however ask that only determined, ethically conscious and focused participants apply. Activists, members of NGOs and at-risk journalists are especially encouraged to attend, with respect to anonymity, as required.

All software, free and open source, will be provided.

"Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world" - A Cypherpunk's Manifesto, 1993


Oliver and Vasiliev are experienced practitioners and teachers in the areas of computer networking, radio, network decentralisation, counter-surveillance, wireless forensics, embedded systems and UNIX system administration. Their workshops have been taught throughout Europe, America and many other countries worldwide over the past decade.