The Great Hack workshop wiki
- Day 1 4.45pm-5.45pm
- The Great Hack workshop (Q1096)
Lessons from "The Great Hack"
- David Carroll's actions have helped go beyond the usual (lack of) data protection enforcement.
- Authorities often need complaints and evidence, their investigative and injunctive powers augment then.
- Anyone can change things by pushing their rights through.
- Journalists dropped the ball on David Carroll's case.
- Time for action.
- Youtubers are affected by algorithms demonetizing their content, based on unclear criteria.
- In the FairTube campaign, they are demanding better working conditions, mostly through transparency.
- They are exercising these demands collectively in an alliance with IG Metall (one of Europe's largest labor unions), with a threat of going individual(!) through the GDPR.
By now they got out of their ultimatum to Youtube some formal sitdown encounter.
- Uber drivers have a lot of concerns about the algorithm ruling them.
- When they make demands to Uber, they get some data, but there is always consideration for privacy of passengers.
- Black hat hackers use the so-called "attack surface" of a system to figure out its weaknesses, for their own profit.
- White hats do the same, but for the collective benefit.
We need the same dynamic for platforms. White hats, journalists, etc need more "attack surface". Actually, they need a "transparency surface", i.e. a way to expose information that serve democracy. But platforms often paint these as attack surfaces themselves.
- ads transparency projects for Pro Publica or WhoTargetsMe.
- Right of access: why it exists
- Overall strategy: think, request/demand, argue, amplify, pressure; rinse and repeat