Wednesday, 19 December 2012


I want to Volunteer at 29c3

I am an electronic engineer and happy to help volunteer with any Audio Visual, Tech Support, Networking, Hacking, Troubleshooting and Emergency Soldering etc

Can you help me get to 29c3?

  • I am looking for some floorspace to crash on during the conference
  • Car share (like going with a hacker from the London/UK or something) to come to the conference / Hamburg.
  • I would love to meet over 9000 local hackerspace guys, geeks, CCC guys not only during the conference but also before and after the conference.
  • Hang with some cool guys for Xmas, I can provide thermodynamic advise/consultancy with the Xmas meal preparation.
  • Essentially I want to join the Hamburg tech community and learn some German before and after the event and meet lots of awesome people and friendly hackers and contribute lots of hard work and enthusiasm in setting up and packing away 29C3 in order to attend the conference at reduced cost.


I have been very active in the following movements: hurricanehackers, occupy, cryptoparty, hackerspace/maker, hacker, and some other 'operations'. It has been a great fucking year man!


I am one of the organizers of CryptopartyLondon (I am looking forward to hacking the conference getting lots of little stammtischs running). I am also looking forward to collaborating with the guys (User:DrWhax, User:K3t, User:Mo, User:Onny, User:PlugMeInBaby, User:Rysiek, User:TheAlex, and User:Zombb) I have been working with Asher Wolf to grow and evolve the movement (particularly in Europe) over the past couple of months. I met some great guys from Hackeriet and the Brussels hackerspace this year.


I was at Occupy for 9 months and I founded the tech team there to help empower the people of the movement with technology. At Occupy I learnt to try and live more sustainably and I have been living with less and less money in order to increase my freedom and maximize the time I can give to movements and spend at the hackspace.

Hurricane Hackers

I joined this collective to help with the recovery operation in #NYC after hurricane Sandy.



I am the co-founder and inventor of Sukey an app designed to keep demonstrators safe, mobile and informed.

About Me

  • So now I am, essentially a poor/starving/nomadic hacker coming from London Hackspace where I have been a member for like 2 years.


Sam Carlisle is an electronic engineer, community organizer, civic media expert, and entrepreneur. He establishes technical infrastructure and social patterns that enable collaboration and participation, facilitates and inspires teams, and creates and promotes the use of civic media and disruptive technologies — from 3D printers to etherpads to apps for direct action. Sam is the co-founder, a platform to keep demonstrators safe, mobile, and informed. He founded OccupyLSX tech, is a key contributor to Cryptoparty, and has been known to go all-in on initiatives like Hurricane Hackers. A longtime member of the London Hackspace, Sam repairs and hacks everything he owns, and helps others become empowered by and invoved with maker culture. He has a BEng with honors from Durham University, and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Friday, 14 December 2012

Cryptoparty3 Smashed It!

The general impression I am getting from twitter and IRL is really glowing feedback from everyone that attended the Cryptoparty, we smashed it! however I was wondering about getting some kind of structured feedback... but at the end of the day, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and that makes all the difference.
I will, however, email out an anonymous feedback form so
that those people who felt it could have been better can really say what they think. :)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Encrypt All The Things! #cryptoparty


Have a look at some of the articles that have been written there. Here is one about firefox config
Here is another about stripping EXIF data (useful when you want to upload photos more privately)

It will be a sincere pleasure to see lots of people coming to the London Cryptoparty. See you there! #cryptoparty

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Free Event: CryptopartyLondon 3 by White Hat Hackers and Makers that care about your right to Privacy and Anonymity online!

An invitation to CryptopartyLondon 3!
It is a sincere pleasure to invite you to an event that some friends and I are hosting next Wednesday at the Mozilla (as in Firefox) Offices. Please bring your laptop and cake. I hope to see many of you there! ^_^

Please note that registration via eventbrite is mandatory but you can use a pseudonym if you like :p

Why do we do this?
We are a collective of white hat hackers, engineers and makers who believe in disseminating information that empowers people. We also believe that a person's human right to privacy and a family life should extend to the digital domain although this is, evidently, not the understanding of the government and many companies. Furthermore that the right to personal anonymity, pseudonymity and privacy are basic human rights and should be regarded by all people that are responsible for handling our sensitive data. It is also noted that these rights also include life, liberty, dignity, security, right to a family, and the right to live without fear or intimidation. No government, organisation or individual should prevent people from accessing the technology which underscores these basic human rights.
We want to help tech you, the people, how to stay safe against governments and companies that are constantly pushing to erode our civil liberties and snoop on the most intimate of our private communications. So please spread the word by word of mouth, twitter, email, facebook and please try come and join us at our free event and  last but not least, please bring cake!!!

For more information about why we do this, please read (and edit!!! if you wish) a Cryptoparty manifesto:
#peace #love #solidarity #hacktheplanet

What to Expect?
We will be covering the basics of PGP encrypted emails, privacy-protected browsing using TOR Browser Bundle, OTR encrypted chat messages, hard disk encryption using truecrypt, encrypted SMS messages on Android, encrypted voice calls on Android and anonymity techniques like oyster card swapping and swapping sims/mobile phones.

We are not financially or politically aligned and everyone is welcome to attend for free. (well you can bring cake)

Suggested Conduct at Cryptoparties
Thank you to Noisebridge Hackspace for these!

Be excellent to each other is a guiding principle of CryptoParty. Wikipedia uses a somewhat similar rule, which they call "the fundamental rule of all social spaces. Every other policy for getting along is a special case of it." Unlike Wikipedia, CryptoParty takes a positive approach, and avoids the practice of officially enumerating the myriad potential special cases; "be excellent" is enough.
(bringing cake is considered excellent behaviour)

Doing excellent stuff at CryptoParty does not require permission or an official consensus decision. If you're uncertain about the excellence of something you want to do, you should ask someone else what they think.

Sudo Leadership
Leadership is taken by individuals for specific projects. This is called "sudo leadership" after the *nix command sudo which allows a regular user to do one root-level, or superuser, task. In other words, if you want CryptoParty to do something, start doing it. At times someone may take sudo leadership to take a tutorial, fix the wifi, update the wiki, or organise the next CryptoParty.
($sudo bring us some cake)

The CryptoParty Handbook
Also, you might want to take a look at our Creative Commons licensed book (available for free in .pdf and .mobi for kindle or cost price in paperback).

This 392 page, Creative Commons licensed handbook is designed to help those with no prior experience to protect their basic human right to Privacy in networked, digital domains. By covering a broad array of topics and use contexts it is written to help anyone wishing to understand and then quickly mitigate many kinds of vulnerability using free, open-source tools. Most importantly however this handbook is intended as a reference for use during Crypto Parties

NEWS: The CryptoParty Handbook v1 has been released!

It would be great to have some of you guys review and crunch through the book and pointing out what we got wrong or what could be added.

Download the book here: get this book now. Read it.
NPO (not for profit) harbook purchse here: