Record 1.5 Million Take to The Streets in Global Climate Strike

The Rising Water Levels and Melting arctic is not the only indicator of Climate Crisis so is the millions of the people around the world joining this Firday’s Global Climate Action. In over 110 Countries and over 1300 locations a global action against those in power who like in case of Trump and Coal Commission in Germany are extending and even subsidizing the madness of coal and oil with billions. more…

ReportBack from 35C3 Chaos Computer Club Congress

C35C3 REPORTBACK

Closing 2018 a 35th Chaos Computer Club Congress Has taken place in Leipzig Convention complex featuring variety of lectures and workshops on technical and political issues related to security, cryptography, privacy, online freedom of speech and disobednient technology.
ofhe 1970’s describes itself as a “Galactic community of life forms, independent of age, sex, race or societal orientation, which strives across borders for freedom of information…”. To this day the radical, anarchist and left elements of the hacker community remain present at the Congress as in many CCC hackerspaces among Germany, Europe and the World. With the congress bringing over 16,000 from around the world. Welcoming them above the main entrance was a large Antifa Banner with Hambi flag next to it. This bridge over the main hall was also a place of Rojava and Hambacher Forst Solidarity action. In over 5 large halls full of prisoner writting stations, intermixed with 3D printers, robotics and laser art installations the center place was occupied by Komona a village like convergence of large geodoesic domes,infoshop with a large tree and a tree house. Komono was the center of radical, autonomous workshops such as Hambi, Rojava Solidarity, Stop Tracking, Fuck Google and Reclaim the Club Culture. It has been a high point together with many inspirational and pack with information presentations. However for a critique of present day Hacker Movement/Scene as well go to the end of this article.

Below is an archive of presentations, pannel discussion, conferences and workshops. We selected some of the more highly recommended ones to the members of the radical community. However also check out the whole archive at https://media.ccc.de/c/35c3

There is audio translation files available in German, English and French

Security State

Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters

An introduction and critique of the EU Proposal for a Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters (COM (2018) 225 final)” and its impact to civil liberties of the users as well as the challenges for service providers of the diverse range of services covered by the proposal.Urgent action is required now by diverse groups to fight the existing proposal and prevent it from becoming binding law throughout the EU..

Frontex

Die EU-Grenzagentur Frontex nimmt eine Reihe neuer Überwachungsmethoden im Mittelmeer in Betrieb. Die Fähigkeiten zur Beobachtung des sogenannten Grenzvorbereichs gehören zum Grenzüberwachungssystem EUROSUR, das die Europäische Union vor fünf Jahren gestartet hat.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes is Collaboration and Exchange agreement between Intelligence Agencies of USA, England, Canada, Australia and New Zeland. It prohibits its agancies from spying on each others politicians but not on their citizens. Some prohibitions remain in those countries of having their foreign intelligence agancie such as CIA and NSA from spying on their own citizens which 5 Eyes allows them to get arround by having other foreign agancie spy on their citizens. Another loophole being used is the alowance for “unintentional information collections” which is used to record all meta and and full data on communications intentionally and then claiming that information that is of interest was “found unintentionally”.
Focus not just on activists and political opposition but also on advancing capitalist ideology by supporting native corporations by using data for industrial espionage against foreign interests and businesses.
Discussion of Espionage communicational infrastructure, software and hardware expoits and legal aspects.

 

Polizeigesetze
Endlich viele neue Gründe zu demonstrieren

Heimatminister Horst Seehofer und seine Amtskollegen in den Ländern erweitern die Rechte der Polizeien und planen ein „Musterpolizeigesetz“. Damit handelten sie sich die größten Proteste gegen Überwachungsvorhaben seit Jahren ein.
Wir geben nicht nur einen Überblick über die zahlreichen Neuregelungen der Polizeigesetze in den Bundesländern, sondern berichten auch aus den Anhörungen in den Landtagen und von den Stellungnahmen. Wir erklären, was in den neuen Gesetzen steht und welche rechtlichen und technischen Grenzüberschreitungen wir zu kritisieren haben.

Und wir haben ein paar Forderungen.

https://netzpolitik.org/tag/polizeigesetz/

RESISTANCE

#afdwegbassen: Protest, (Club-)Kultur und antifaschistischer Widerstand
Über kreative Organisation, poltische Aktionen und das Bedürfnis nach vernetztem Aktivismus

Im Mai 2018 initiierte Reclaim Club Culture (RCC) in Berlin einen Protest gegen einen Aufmarsch der AfD und die AFDsierung der Gesellschaft. Zusammen mit mehr als 170 Techno Clubs, Festivals und Veranstalter*innen organisierten wir innerhalb von zwei Wochen drei Demozüge, auf denen sich mehr als 60.000 Demonstrant*innen versammelten. Dies ereignete sich in einem politischen Klima, in dem die Linke von den Erfolgen der Faschist*innen wie gelähmt schien und ein großer Teil der Gesellschaft immer weiter nach rechts abdriftete. Ausgehend von einer selbstkritischen Praxis werden wir der Frage nachgehen, wie und warum dies (scheinbar) plötzlich gelang.

 

Cat & Mouse: Evading the Censors in 2018

The following key questions will be answered in this session:
– What are circumvention tools conceptually and how do they work?
– How have the techniques of adversaries evolved?
– What are the latest innovations in circumvention technology?
– How have emerging economies been affected, where censorship and and surveillance hardware and software are built-in to newly established ICT infrastructure?
– How do circumvention trends follow censorship events and social/political movements?
– Where do we see these technical advances leading the next generation of censorship and circumvention technology?

Disnobedient Innovation

Disobedient Tech, Piracy,outsiders of domain of the state
The Pirate Cinema (exposing the dynamics of peer-to-peer media sharing and its materiality), followed by Predictive Art Bot (a disruption of the normative effects of social media on creativity), and continued with Computational Propaganda (a ‘system test’ of the online political influence apparatus), this series explores black box technologies and the algorithmic governance of our aspirations, decisions, and political views.

Verhalten bei Hausdurchsuchungen
Praktische Hinweise für den Kontakt mit der Staatsmacht

Es ist 6 Uhr und ein Trupp uniformierter Polizisten steht vor deiner Wohnungstür. Was solltest du bis dahin getan haben und was solltest du jetzt tun?

Eine Hausdurchsuchung ist etwas, was sich niemand ersehnt und vor dem wir möglichst verschont bleiben wollen. Dennoch passiert es auch im Chaosumfeld immer wieder, dass Hackerinnen und Hacker Besuch von den Staatsorganen bekommen.

Dieses Jahr erwischte es unter anderem die Zwiebelfreunde, das OpenLab in Augsburg, den C3DO und evtl. andere. Daher solltet ihr euch gedanklich auf eine Durchsuchung vorbereiten und Schritte ergreifen.

Im Vortrag erzählen euch Jens und Kristin, welche Maßnahmen weit vor einer Durchsuchung sinnvoll sind. Weiterhin geben sie euch Empfehlungen, auf was ihr bei einer laufenden Durchsuchung achten solltet und wie es nach einer Hausdurchsuchung weitergeht.

ART/Media

From Cyberfeminism to XenoFeminism

History of radical appropriations of media. This discussion will question how media is made (for whom and for what) and how meaning is produced through different contexts. it will feature media hacks and productions spanning a century and three continents.

https://media.ccc.de/c/35c3#t=221

Tactical Embodiment

Activism and Performance In Hostile Spaces Online
During her talk “Tactical Embodiment,” artist and activist Angela Washko will present several different strategies for performing, participating in and transforming online environments that are especially hostile toward women. She will introduce her long-term performative intervention “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft” alongside several interventions, interviews, performances, written works and video games works she has created with the manosphere and online men’s seduction communities. In addition to walking the audience through her research, Washko will screen excerpts from her interview with a seduction coach who has been dubbed “The Web’s Most Infamous Misogynist” and highlight instructional DVDs, books, and hidden-camera videos created by a community of pick-up artists who teach men how to interact with and seduce women. The talk will close with an audience-participation based performative play-through of her most recent project “The Game: The Game,” a dating simulator video game presenting the practices of several infamous pick-up artists.
https://media.ccc.de/v/35c3-10024-tactical_embodiment

 

Critique of the Hacker Scene and cooption of its large part by corporate group think:

All of the above can not be said however without offering a critique of the present state of the hacker community which includes unfortunately Congress as well, this being an effect of its anti hirachical but enerpreniurial nature. Resulting also in presentations on digital curency with discussion of autonomous algorithim based business entities that could consume and invest without individual legal responsibility(this resembles le corporations running with the human decission making removed.) Focus on digital currencies also ignored their carbon footprint with just Bitcoin mining estimated as generating roughly the same CO2 output as the whole of Iceland. The little focus on Climate Crisis and an appropriate response on ecological issues with such large effect of electronics production on the environment with their extraction and energy consumption. This is fortunately countered by many groups such as Hackers for Climate Justice and Hack the Planet. To which members an invitation like allways is extended to follow the sitution in the forest visit us in the Hambacher Forst, Climate Camps and in all places and at all times keeping up a resistance and education against opressive, Security State bullshit.

Support anti-coal protestors in the UK!

8 Pont Valley protectors appeared in Court and were found guilty for standing up against the coal industry and attempting to stop a new opencast coal mine from opening in the UK.
They have been charged with obstruction of the Highway or of police officers and have received fines of over £8200.

Over the last 6 months, protectors have occupied the site, taken a series of direct actions and are now prosecuting the coal company for wildlife crime.
Meanwhile, in this exceptionally harsh ruling, the judge made clear which side the legal system is on – protecting corporate profits over ecological and human health!

Support this brave, necessary and legitimate action against coal mining and climate chaos! Donate money to help pay the fine and spread the word!

https://chuffed.org/project/support-anti-coal-protectors/

More info on:
protectpontvalley.noblogs.org
Facebook: Campaign to Protect Pont Valley
twitter: @PontValleyCamp

 

Speech at the forest walk

During the last two forest walks (Nov. 10 in Keyenberg, Nov. 11 in Hambi) last weekend, the text below was read out. It was written by a group of people from the forest and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the entire occupation.

The open pit Hambach progresses tirelessly and destroys habitat in favor of the production of electricity, which in large part in the industry in turn drives the destruction of habitat here and elsewhere. This destruction takes place both directly through the excavator buckets, which here and now take the habitat from humans and animals, and indirectly as the largest CO2 polluter in Europe and the resulting climate change.

The coal exit still remains manual work more…

Solidarity with the anti-gas resistance in Brunsbüttel!

In connection with the Global Gasdown-Frackdown action days last weekend, we wanted show our solidarity with the over 20 local initiatives and environmental organisations resisting the construction of the first German LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) import-terminal in the city of Brunsbüttel, close to Hamburg!

A group of companies, including Dutch company Gasunie, fossil-giant RWE and fertilizer-company YARA, are financing the expansion of European fossil-gas infrastructure, hoping to in the future start importing fracked gas from among others Trump’s fascist USA.
In spite of droughts, hurricanes, and all other catastrophes connected to the climate-chaos they have caused, the ruling-class continues its destructive “business-as-usual”, in the search for nothing else than power and wealth.
… but not without resistance!

In the last months the anti-fossil-fuel movement in Germany has shown its strength in the struggle for Hambach Forest. As the forest is safe for now, it is time to show our determination for a fossil-free world! To show that we are everywhere, and that the struggle continues!

NO MORE “BUSINESS-AS-USUAL”, NO MORE FOSSIL-FUEL EXPANSION!
NO LNG-TERMINAL IN BRUNSBÜTTEL OR ANYWHERE!
BLOCK CLIMATE-KILLING INFRASTRUCTURE, FIGHT RWE!

Read the open letter from the initiatives fighting the project here: http://www.keinco2endlager.de/bi/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_Offener-Brief-Kein-LNG-Terminal-in-Brunsbuettel.pdf (German)

Reclaim the Hambi! – Reflections about Strategy and Call for Action

Some activists of the occupation wrote this open letter to all who feel part of the resistance:

The last weeks have been exciting for all of us in and around the occupation of the Hambach Forest, but especially exhausting and grueling. The massive presence of police and RWE, their brutal actions, the destruction of our home. They hit us in an injuring way, they locked us up and took so much of what was close to our hearts, and what took us so many years to build. But be sure: all that was not in vain! more…

Resistance against RWE/Police Eviction of Parahraph 11

On Oct. 1st eviction of Paragraph 11 took place, a tree house build by a Guild of Traveling Carpenters as a community space for those blocking RWE coal in Hambach Forest.  It became a true community during Monday resistance against Fossil Fools forces of repression and destruction that have been ravaging and destroying all forest occupations, tree houses and cutting 100s of trees for last 3 weeks plus in what has been the biggest police operation in the history of North Rhine – Westphalia. more…

Response to The Tragic Death of Our Comrade

When not just one but millions of lives are taken by coal particulates, climate change and repression, even to those proactively resisting those destructive and deadly dynamics those lives seem rather distant as if an important but almost as if a statistic. It is a different matter altogether when that life that perishes is one of one that you have known, shared meals and stood on the front-line with.  more…

Wellness for Hambii

Hello hello!
The last days and weeks have been very exhausting for many people in the occupation. In both ways physically and psychologically. Due to that, there‘s the wish of receiving some wellness care, for example meditation, a nice massage, doing yoga, or receiving psychological support. Whatever you feel like is doing good, people would be really happy if you came by for sharing it. After the forest walk we can meet in the forest.
Thank you.
See you tomorrow!

Beyond coal

During this last time, the mediatic attention to the Hambacher Forst occupation has massively increased. We’ve been appearing on news all over the world, but there is some important detail that casually most part of the media seems to forget, so we are gonna have to make it clear (again): the problem is much larger than this forest getting cut and this coal mine being active. The problem is larger than every forest getting cut and every mine destroying Earth. The problem is capitalism. And this is the message that the media has been taking away from us.

You can live a cute easy life, sign petitions, buy stuff on the biomarket, close the sink while you are brushing your teeth and turn off all lights to don’t waste electricity, and, don’t get us wrong, that’s okay, but as long as we live on a system that needs infinite growth on a world that has limited resources, that’s not gonna stop enviromental destruction.

We need an anticapitalist view of ecologism.
We need an ecologist view of anticapitalism.
We need to see beyond coal.
And we need you all to make an step farther to stop climate change, to make an step farther to destroy capitalism.

If it’s not you, who?
If it’s not now, when?