[FOSDEM] [CFP] Decentralized Internet & Privacy devroom

Loïc Dachary loic at dachary.org
Tue Oct 16 21:48:19 CEST 2018

Welcome to Decentralized Internet & Privacy at FOSDEM 2019
(Brussels, Belgium, February 2nd).

Free Software initial promises were to empower individuals when it
came to computing. Three decades later, computing practices are
tightly coupled to the Internet ecosystem. PCs are less and less used
while smartphones are soaring and data is collected and stored on
servers on which we have very limited control as users. What happened
to user's freedom and privacy in the meantime? The outlook is not so
great: we have less and less control over our digital
environment. Network neutrality is heavily attacked and mainstream
software products are usually proprietary or run on servers we don't
have control over. Modern technology has given the powerful new
abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on people - with critical
social and political consequences.

FOSDEM is a Free Software event that offers free software communities
a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is renown for being
highly developer oriented and brings together 8000+ participants from
all over the world. It is held in the city of Brussels (Belgium). In
2019, FOSDEM will take place during the weekend of February 2nd-3rd
2019. More details about the event can be found at http://fosdem.org/.

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Decentralized Internet & Privacy
devroom will be a place for development teams to present the state of
their project and future directions, answer questions from the
audience and followup in the hacking rooms nearby afterwards.

Call For Participation

There is a bright future ahead of us if we unite our efforts toward
decentralized services and Surveillance Self-Defense. This devroom
welcomes all technical projects and initiatives, to share their
progress and inspire others.

Presentation topics could include:

Technologies and initiatives focused on decentralization

- Community-driven networks
- Community based around self-hosting or local hosting
- Self-hosting solutions
- Ethical hosting providers / alternatives to GAFAM (Google, Apple,
  Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft)
- Decentralized / federated network protocols and platforms
- Decentralized / distributed instant messaging, file sharing and
  content storage

Technologies and initiatives focused on privacy

- Anonymous overlay networks
- Whistleblower platforms
- Privacy oriented Operating Systems
- Infrastructure supporting anonymous browsing
- Operational security: how to minimize the amount of information
  someone can collect about you online and on the streets
- Basic threat modeling: what sort of paranoia do you realistically
  need to have?
- Steps to minimize damage in the event of a breach

Talks are expected to be technical because that’s what the FOSDEM
audience expects. FOSDEM is highly technical, but it's not enough to
be technical, it's also important to take care of the world we live
in. Free software is exactly this kind of technologies that enable
cooperation among people, not just technicians. Free software hackers
have a responsibility towards their peers and neighbors to help build
a world where digital technologies are not only an enemy of the
people, but serve citizens' interests, not just corporate
interests. Therefore we invite you to step up with organizational
sessions and topics that you care about related to free technologies
and the role free software and decentralization can take with regard
to how technologies are produced, distributed, and governed.

Practical informations for submission

Expected format for the talks

Suggested talk length is 20 minutes and 10 minutes for questions.

How to submit a proposal?

Go to the dedicated FOSDEM site to submit your proposal:
https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM19 and follow carefully the

Important: create a Pentabarf account OR reuse your account from
previous years if you already have one.

Submission deadline

Deadline for submission will be 26 Nov midnight CET.

Announcement of the final schedule will be on 15 Dec 2018:

Talk proposals will be reviewed by a steering committee:

- Loïc Dachary (Enough // Artisan Logiciel Libre)
- Nathalie Rosenberg (UX designer)
- Simon Descarpentries (Acoeuro // Artisan Logiciel Libre)
- hellekin (Petites Singularités // Artisan Logiciel Libre)

Date and location

Decentralized Internet & Privacy  will take place all day long on 2 Feb 2018 (Saturday).
The room is to be confirmed (Solbosch campus - Université Libre Brussels, Brussels, Belgium)

Recording of talks

The FOSDEM organizers plan to have live streaming and recording fully
working, both for remote/later viewing of talks, and so that people
can watch streams in the hallways when rooms are full. This requires
speakers to consent to being recorded and streamed. If you plan to be
a speaker, please understand that by doing so you implicitly give
consent for your talk to be recorded and streamed. The recordings will
be published under the same license as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY).

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