EFF staffers will spread the online freedom message at 2600 Magazine's biennial Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference from July 22 to July 24. The Eleventh HOPE will take place at the historic Hotel Pennsylvania in New York and host numerous presentations on such diverse topics as automobile software hacking, pervasive surveillance, the blockchain, and fostering community.

Representatives from multiple teams at EFF will lead a flurry of activities over the long weekend in New York. HOPE attendees will have the opportunity to hear our talks about online freedom issues, participate in EFF's "capture the flag" hacking contest all weekend, and speak directly to EFF staffers at our vendor hall booth. Additionally, all New York area EFF members are invited to a Speakeasy meetup on Friday evening. Read on for more details.

Learn About Online Rights

We're proud to present the following talks as part of the program for The Eleventh HOPE. The full schedule is available here.

Ask the EFF: The Year in Digital Civil Liberties
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm, Location: Lamarr (18th Floor)

Privacy Badger and Panopticlick vs. the Trackers, Round 1
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm, Location: Lamarr (18th Floor)

Workshop: Automating Certificate Issuance with the ACME protocol and Let's Encrypt
Listed as "The Next Billion Certificates: Let’s Encrypt and Scaling the Web PKI"
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm, Location: Paris
Let’s Encrypt is a free and automated certificate authority. If you are developing a client to integrate with Let’s Encrypt or trying to deploy Let’s Encrypt certificates at scale, come to this workshop to discuss best practices and work through any issues. Optional: bring your laptop.

Keynote, Cory Doctorow
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm, Location: Lamarr, Noether, Friedman

The Next Billion Certificates: Let’s Encrypt and Scaling the Web PKI
Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:00 am, Location: Lamarr (18th Floor)

Legal Inquiries

EFF staff attorneys will be present to help support the community. If you have legal concerns regarding an upcoming talk, or sensitive infosec research that you are conducting for HOPE or at any time, please email info@eff.org and we will do our best to get you the help that you need.

Meat Space Meet Up

Our semi-secret series of EFF Speakeasy member meetups returns to take over a Manhattan bar. These events are free, casual meetups that give you a chance to mingle with local members and meet the people behind the world's leading digital civil liberties organization. It is also our chance to thank you, the EFF members who make this work possible. Current EFF members receiving email in the New York area received an email invitation with location details on July 1.

For more information contact membership@eff.org. Not a member of EFF yet? Help defend our future when you join today!

Shall We Play A Game?

EFF's "Capture the Flag" hacking contest launches on Friday, July 22 at noon and runs through Sunday at noon. All attendees at The Eleventh HOPE are encouraged to participate! This will be a Jeopardy Style CTF with a number of challenges and puzzles to solve for points. The challenges will include web hacking, reverse engineering, cryptography, forensics, and more. Participants will need access to a Linux based OS for certain challenges. All skill levels are welcome! We have a variety of challenges ranging from first timer-friendly to fiendishly hard.

The first players on the scoreboard are eligible for a free YubiKey 4 courtesy of Yubico! The top CTF winners will receive an array of special EFF gear, books from No Starch Press, and infinite bragging rights.

Contest details at eff.org/HOPECTF



Cheers to HOPE and the hacker community for standing alongside EFF to preserve the freedom to explore, tinker, and create.

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