The 6th Hackers Congress welcomed 50+ speakers and hundreds of artists, bitcoin developers, hackers, freedom lovers, artists, perpetual travelers, activists, and crypto-anarchists, some wearing masks to hamper identification. The unique event was devoted to the topic OPT OUT covering how to fix a broken system, escape censorship and attain freedom with the help of technology.
“A nasty dehumanization, carefully marking all people by their governments, stealing their biometrics, strengthening the power of territorial states and suppressing the liberty of individuals,” the organisers said. “Use cryptographic technology to regain privacy, to save freedom, to step up from the first constrained realm and to build the second one. Achieve new freedom using globality and flexibility,” they added.
Opt-out of the system!
This year, the speakers focused on the constraints of global political and economic systems, while offering alternatives that can greatly help achieve opt-out. Organizers were proud to welcome one of the most innovative thinkers of the 21st century – Robin Hanson, the author of futarchy, the concept of a future society based on prediction markets. Nick Middleton, the expert in micronations and small territories, talked about his unique Atlas of Countries that do not exist.
Hackers Congress team managed to put together people from multiple relevant European crypto liberation communities (Barcelona’s Polis Parallela, Praha/Bratislava/Košice Parallel Polis, Berlin’s Room 77 and Anarplex, Blockchainhotel and Vienna’s RIAT) to a unique panel discussion. Participants had the opportunity to listen to representatives of unfree nations – Reinaldo Escobar Casas (Cubanian dissident), Yisi Liu (Chinese crypto anarchist) or Travin Keith (The Philippines).
Hackers Congress has gained worldwide supporters throughout its existence. The intersection of technology, art and activism for freedom is a great mix in which everyone can find their own.