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Danja Vasiliev on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:11:54 +0200 (CEST)


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We're very pleased to announce our Summer Intensives program, Berlin 2017.

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FOUNDATIONS

COMMAND LINE BOOTSTRAP, 18 August, from 10:00 to 18:00
With Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev

This 1-day intensive workshop introduces participants to the UNIX
command line, a rapidly growing and ubiquitous interface common to every
computer from the UNIX family of operating systems - whether web-server,
Internet appliance, wireless router, autonomous robot, Raspberry Pi, OS
X or Linux laptop.

In doing so, participants vastly expand the scope of computers they can
interact with, develop for and control - transcending restrictive
'consumer-oriented' interfaces and the desktop metaphor. Further,
participants learn that a computer doesn't need to have a screen,
keyboard or even be on the same continent to be interacted with - the
case for a growing family of devices comprising the so-called Internet
of Things.

Rather, by developing an ability to talk to computers - with them
talking back - any UNIX or UNIX-like machine can be either directly
controlled or made a drone, performing automated tasks on their owner's
behalf.

No prior knowledge of programming or command line interaction is required.

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RADIO

INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO
19-20 August, from 10:00 to 18:00
With Julian Oliver and Bengt Sjölen

In this 2-day intensive participants will learn how to use a 12 Euro
dongle* and free, open-source software to read, record and appropriate a
vast world of signal around them. From weather satellite imagery to the
International Space Station, police and military radio, pirate and
amateur bands, software-defined radio allows for a GNU/Linux, OS X or
Windows laptop to become a powerful ear into a world otherwise unheard
by the devices we use.

Outdoor excursions with antennae will be made to ensure participants
have real-world experience capturing RF phenomena. Skills, terms and
concepts learned are directly applicable to further self-learning in
areas such as DIY cellular infrastructure, packet radio,
radio-astronomy, wireless counter-surveillance and pirate radio.

*RTLSDR USB dongle included in course fee

No prior experience is necessary.

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NETWORKING

INTRODUCTION TO OFFLINE AND MESH NETWORKING
21-22 August, from 10:00 to 18:00
With Sarah Grant

Relying on commercial ISPs and web hosting companies creates an
expensive dependency that tethers you to their terms and to the physical
locations where their networks reach, not to mention the fact that your
data will live on hardware that is out of your control. Equip yourself
with the skills necessary to run your own offline mesh network, wireless
access point, web server and file sharing system, which can be made
portable and installed anywhere.

This 2-day workshop will introduce participants to many practical
concepts, including the basic building blocks of command Line interface,
computer networking, server configuration for hosting web sites, captive
portals and peer-to-peer file sharing.
Required Materials (available for 60€ or bring your own):

    Raspberry Pi 2 or 3
    Micro SD card, class 10, 8GB minimum
    2 - USB WiFi IEEE802.11 N / G / B Adapter
    Micro USB power supply, minimum 2000mA output

No prior experience is necessary.

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NETWORKING

NETWORKSHOP
23-25 August, from 10:00 to 18:00
With Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev

Ask anyone how the postal system works and they would give a vaguely
correct description. Few however would come close to describing how
email, let alone a computer network itself, actually functions. With
this lack of knowledge comes a risk; we lack the practical understanding
to effectively read the infrastructural and political implications of
our increased dependency on this technology.

In this 3-day version of the popular NETworkshop intensive, participants
learn low-level networking using only command line tools and network
hardware. In doing so they not only grasp how to create and manipulate
computer networks, but how they can be used to manipulate us.

By learning about routing, addressing, core protocols, network
topologies, packet capture and dissection, students become dexterous and
empowered users of computer networks. Complete documentation and
software is provided.

No prior experience is necessary.

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CRYPTO

CRYPTOCURRENCY 101
26-27 August, from 10:00 to 18:00
With Chris Ellis and Janine Römer

In this 2-day workshop, participants will receive an introduction to the
cryptocurrency ecosystem and how "programmable money" can be a valuable
tool - or even source of inspiration – for art, activism and beyond.
Students will also learn about potential use cases beyond money and the
socioeconomic implications of decentralised, algorithmic governance.
Infrastructural and environmental costs of cryptocurrencies will be
addressed and compared, with a view to sustainable futures.

We will feature artwork from Bitcoin Art Gallery ( {AT} btcArtGallery),
Cryptograffiti ( {AT} cryptograffiti), graphic designer Phneep ( {AT} phneep),
crypto-puzzle artist Marguerite Driscoll ( {AT} coin_artist), illustrator
Rock Barcellos ( {AT} rockbarcellos), and electronica composer Ben Prunty
( {AT} benprunty).

If they so wish, students will have the opportunity to experiment with a
small amount of cryptocurrency and leave the workshop with their own
"World Citizen ID" card, an experimental ID & passport using blockchain
technology!

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Please find the further information and registration details at:

    https://criticalengineering.org/intensives/2017/


Kind regards,

-- 
The Critical Engineering Working Group
http://criticalengineering.org

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