29C3 - Version 1.9


Ot van Daalen
Rejo Zenger
Day Day 1 - 2012-12-27
Room Saal 4
Start time 14:00
Duration 01:00
ID 5395
Event type Lecture
Language used for presentation English

Our daily job: hacking the law

The key elements of policy hacking

Legal systems have a huge impact on what we do as hackers, but also on internet users in general. Laws can restrict our freedom to use the internet in ways we deem to be natural and it can impede the tools which we hackers use on a daily basis. Which is not to say that laws cannot also protect our freedom and ensure that all bits are treated equally. Most importantly, these laws can be hacked and tweaked to fit our needs - like most things in this world.

So, how do you hack and tweak the law to protect our freedoms on the internet? In this talk we want to share Bits of Freedom's insights. We will point out the key elements of a successful lobby on both a national and European level. We will describe our approach to the net neutrality discussion in the Netherlands, now being the second country in the world to have enshrined this important principle in law. We will explain how we convinced the members of Dutch parliament to speak out clearly against the provisions of ACTA. Our experience in this field may prove valuable to individuals and organisations pursuing similar goals.

In short: this talk is a "HOWTO Hack the law".

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