cryptobazaar / cryptobizarre

21 November 2021


Venue: The Common House, Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens, London. E2 9QG. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green

Organiser: Autonomous Tech Fetish

*Autonomous Tech Fetish* probes how digital technology is fetishised and how it can be re-configured to different needs and desires. We work with activist groups to affirm their technological autonomy and are committed to co-education exploring the pitfalls and potentials of technologies without assumptions. *Freepto* was developed and launched by AvAnA, a hackspace in the Forte Prenestino squatted social centre in Rome. It is backed by groups fighting for social change in different locations across Europe. *Please Touch* is instigated by Charles Hutchins, a london-based sound artist.

What is cryptography? Why is it important for radical activists, groups, communities, and movements? This event, hosted by Autonomous Tech Fetish, will explore both questions by collectively sharing knowledge and techniques to help us all to protect our data, communications, and experience from government surveillance and corporate capture. A series of stalls will highlight specific technologies and crypto-practices, allowing us to experiment together with crypto strategies for a digital commons. No prior knowledge or expertise required!


Freepto: Freepto is a Linux-based operating system on USB stick that enables you to use any computer as though it was your own. All your data is always securely encrypted and saved onto the USB stick. Although focussed on the needs of activists, Freepto can be used by anyone to tackle mass digital surveillance without giving up the convenience of a traditional operating system.

Please Touch: In 2013, NGOs gathered in London to launch the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Two years later, Dr Kathleen Richardson and Erik Brilling launched the Campaign Against Sex Robots. This interactive installation will explore the relationship between the two as well as examining our own reactions to sex robots against a background of technologies that are already gendered and sexualised.