• Hacks/Hackers #50 – Special: Global Investigative Journalism Conference

    House of Democracy and Human Rights

    After a long summer break, Hacks Hackers Berlin is back! This time, we would like to hold a mini version of this year’s Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) which took place in Hamburg from 26-29 September. As some of you might not have had the chance to take part, we invite some of the Berlin-based speakers to present their sessions in the usual Hacks/Hackers format at Netzwerk Recherche at Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte. We will update the speaker’s list as confirmations come in. Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! SPEAKERS: Olaya Argueso – Digital security: essential steps https://twitter.com/oargueso Digital security does not come at the push of a button. But there are many things you can do to prevent attacks by not making yourself an easy target. In Olaya's GIJC panel, she discussed risks that journalists and organizations have to consider and presented possible solutions. --- Hristio Boytchev – Investigating health and medicine https://twitter.com/hristio From infectious disease epidemics to the pharmaceutical industry, from the quality of health care to fraud and fake drugs, covering medicine and health is a rich topic for investigative journalists. Hristio will give three take home tips for entering this interesting and challenging field. --- Christine Liehr – Fundraising tips & tools (for freelance journalists) https://twitter.com/cliehr Many freelancers and non-profits find it challenging to raise funds. Many fail to apply their own reporting techniques to finding donors or don't understand how to create a fundraising or "development" strategy. There's money out there, and our field continues to grow but you need to have a solid plan and a strong commitment. --- Albrecht Ude – Searching the Deep Web https://www.ude.de/ Search engines cover only a very small part of the Internet. Social networks are only partially covered by them, and the deep web, the "hidden web", remains completely closed to them. But the deep web is by far the largest part of the Internet! Everything you can only achieve by typing something on the keyboard, a search query or a password, is part of the Deep Web. Search engines won't be able to find it. Most (and often the most relevant) content on the Internet can be found in databases, closed forums and hard-to-reach areas like the "Darknet". But how do you find them when search engines fail? That's exactly what this the talk is about: Which tools and strategies are there to explore the "deep web" and find and use databases. --- Markus Siegers – Introduction to nosconte Berlins Start-Up NOSCONTE AG is experimenting with a new tool for crowdsourcing and information sharing. How do we address privacy of informants? What about quality and traceability of the provided information? Is "realtime" transparency of the collected information a plus? What other features could enhance participation of the crowd? How do we try to improve the contextualization of information? --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team

  • Hacks/Hackers #48 - Midsummer social at Prater Biergarten

    Prater Beer Garden Berlin

    We had an exciting meetup last week! During the holiday season we'd love to see all of our great Hacks/Hackers Berlin base for a drink! Let's enjoy a lovely summer evening in one of Berlin's most beautiful Biergarten. We look forward to seeing you all there starting from 7pm! We‘ll reserve a table and make ourselves easily identifiable so you‘ll be able to find us. Cheers, Hacks/Hackers Berlin team

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  • Hacks/Hackers #47 – Audience, Audience, Audience

    Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! In the summer sun we'll meet again at the ZEIT ONLINE newsroom and bring you talks and a space to discuss the latest tech and journalism topics. [!!!New!!!! - we will be starting OFFICE HOURS this month. Do you have a question you have always wanted to ask a programmer? Or a journalist? Or you have ideas you want to share? Come at 6.45 and ask us!] SPEAKERS: Sham - whlw: What Happened Last Week newsletter – a quick, critical, no-bullshit world news summary curated by a real human https://twitter.com/sham_jaff Sham is a freelance journalist and writes the popular newsletter 'what happened last week?'. Every Monday she summarizes and explains the last week's biggest stories to thousands of people worldwide – in a way your best friend would. Sham will talk about how she keeps her audience of more than 5,000 readers, an unusually high open rate and her optimism as an avid news consumer. (https://twitter.com/whlwnews, https://www.whathappenedlastweek.com/) --- Simon Hurtz – VOCER has launched the Millennial Lab https://twitter.com/simonhurtz Simon is an editor for the SZ for four years and quit his job in January in order to move to Berlin and work as a freelancer. He covers Social Media, technology and IT security – mostly for the SZ but also for other media. Together with Martin Fehrensen, he writes the Social Media Watchblog where they analyze how the big platforms change politics and society. He manages the Millennial Lab. In February, the journalism think tank VOCER has launched a new initiative: The Millennial Lab wants to support journalists who create content for younger audiences. There are a lot of great projects, but many Millennials don't even know Funk, Zett and jetzt – or they do know them but only think of listicles and sex columns when they hear Bento or Buzzfeed. Here's more about the aim of the Millennial Lab (in German). We offer free workshops and trainings, cooperate with universities and journalism schools, organize events where journalists can share their experiences and learn from each other, do research and try to explore the needs of the audience. Recently, we run a workshop in Berlin and organized two retreats with leadership coachings for managing editors and other journalists with leadership responsibility. We'd love to get feedback on our initiative and gather new input and ideas for new projects and cooperations. --- Jörg Sadrozinski – Journalism for everyone: media literacy with the Reporterfabrik https://twitter.com/jsadro Jörg Sadrozinski has taught at various academies and journalism schools for many years and has published articles on media convergence and the transformation of journalism. In 2007, he received the Grimme Online Award for the overall responsibility of the Tagesschau blog. His profound influences in journalism include; setting up the Internet portal tagesschau.de, formerly heading up the German School of Journalism in Munich (the oldest and one of the most renowned journalism schools in Germany), founding DJS Services, (the subsidiary of the German School of Journalism), and now he is responsible for setting up the media literacy project within Reporterfabrik. https://correctiv.org/reporterfabrik/ As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

  • Hacks/Hackers #46 – online magazine design & data journalism

    CORRECTIV Redaktion Berlin

    This month, we once again meet at CORRECTIV to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. We'll have several short talks and space to discuss the latest tech and journalism topics, this time with a focus on data journalism and online magazine design. SPEAKERS: Paul Pistorius – Zucker Magazin http://zucker-magazin.de Paul Pistorius will talk about his thesis project ZUCKER MAGAZIN, which was published in 2017 as an experimental one-issue online magazine to explore the possibilities of online magazine design. It started as a design project and lead to profound questions about how we read and write in digital journalism. The talk will be held among two main questions: How can online reading be more attractive? And how can users get a better orientation within a text? Paul is a digital designer who works in the intersection of design, code and text. --- Elena Erdmann, Julius Tröger, Sascha Venohr – Zeit Online https://www.zeit.de/schwerpunkte/ost-west A team at ZEIT ONLINE has evaluated data on each of the approximately six million moves between East and West Germany, from 1991, the first year after the German reunification, until 2017. During these years, almost a quarter of the original population of East Germany moved to the West. What were the reasons and the consequences of this exodus? The people behind this huge project will present on the background of their research and the implementation of the interactive storytelling piece. --- Elana Levin Schtulberg – Datawrapper Tables https://blog.datawrapper.de/newtables/ DATAWRAPPER is a tool that makes it easy for journalists to create simple charts and maps. A week ago, the Datawrapper team released their new tables tool. With it, you can easily create tables to present various forms of data as plain numbers, but also using sparklines or bar charts. Elana, who comes from a mixed physics and design background, is heading user support and customization at Datawrapper. She’ll give you a quick overview of what you can do with Datawrapper tables. --- Simon Wörpel – CORRECTIV https://wem-gehoert-hamburg.de From Minden to Malta: More and more people realize that their landlords are big investment funds and wealthy individuals, which increasingly invest in – and sometimes speculate with – housing and commercial property. Simon is a data journalist for CORRECTIV. His talk gives a glimpse into the methods they used to follow messy crowdsourced data into offshore company networks. This is part of CORRECTIV's ongoing investigative project "Who owns Hamburg / Berlin / Düsseldorf?", in which they collaborate with local newspapers to investigate the housing markets via crowdsourcing. --- Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organizing team.

  • Hacks/Hackers #45 – Open Source & Nonprofit Journalism

    taz, die tageszeitung.Verlagsgenossenschaft eG

    Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. In March, we meet at the brand new newsroom of taz, Germany's original progressive, independent and cooperative-owned newspaper. We'll have several short talks and space to discuss the latest tech and journalism topics, this time with a focus on open source and nonprofit journalism. SPEAKERS: Thomas Schnedler – An intro to nonprofit journalism https://twitter.com/thomasschnedler Nonprofit journalism is growing in Germany and other European countries. Numerous newsrooms, networks and initiatives have emerged in the realm of investigative reporting and data journalism. They are a laboratory for innovative ideas and alternative financing models for journalism with a public value. Thomas Schnedler, who heads the Nonprofit Journalism Program of Netzwerk Recherche, will give an overview: How does foundation-funded and member-based nonprofit journalism work? What needs do nonprofit media startups have? What kind of resources and fellowships already exist? --- Elisa Lindinger – Open source funding and journalism innovation https://twitter.com/elizab0t The Prototype Fund is a public funding program that supports software developers, hackers, data enthusiasts and creatives in the initial stages of their projects. It has supported more than 80 projects so far. Elisa Lindinger, the director of the Prototype Fund, will give you a short insight into the program itself and showcase a few Prototype projects that are connected to journalism. Let's discuss which upcoming challenges journalism will face, and how public funding can support you in tackling them! --- Pierre Dinh van – Open source tools at taz https://twitter.com/tazgezwitscher Pierre Dinh van, a sysadmin at taz, talks about how to setup infrastructure for journalistic work in a data protection-compatible way. He explains why the sysadmins at taz are against using Slack, Dropbox and co. and how they have set up tools such as Riot, Seafile and Etherpad as alternatives. He'll also explain why this isn't always pretty. --- NEW: ⚡️LIGHTNING TALKS!⚡️ This time we'll try something new: In addition to the usual space for announcements, we'll have a slot for lightning talks that take 3-5 minutes each. Lieke Ploeger and Tatiana Bazzichelli will present on Disruption Network Lab and their upcoming conference [1]. Christine Liehr will give an overview about the work of Thomson Media [2]. Simon Jockers will announce the Wahlsalon, a hackathon around election data [3]. [1] https://www.disruptionlab.org/dark-havens [2] http://www.thomsonfoundation.org/thomson-media [3] https://www.meetup.com/OK-Lab-Berlin/events/259818253/ --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

  • Hacks/Hackers #44 – All Things Maps and Journalism

    Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! After our winter break, we'll meet again at the ZEIT ONLINE newsroom and bring you three short talks and space to discuss the latest tech and journalism topics. This time we'll focus on the use of digital maps in journalism. SPEAKERS: Sascha Venohr and Julius Tröger – Maps at ZEIT ONLINE https://twitter.com/venohr | https://twitter.com/juliustroeger Visualising geo-localised data on maps is one of the most classical format of data driven journalism. ZEIT ONLINE has been experimenting with this form of story telling for years. Julius Tröger (Head of Visual Journalism) and Sascha Venohr (Head of Data Journalism) will show different examples for map applications that were created in ZEIT ONLINE's newsroom. And on top they also show how maps are built in their day-to-day business. --- Anna Thieme and Hans Hack – Making maps with Datawrapper https://twitter.com/datawrapper | https://twitter.com/hnshck Anna Thieme and Hans Hack will talk about the map features they help develop at Datawrapper (https://datawrapper.de). Datawrapper is used by many newsrooms around the world to create interactive charts and maps for online stories. Hans developed the locator map tool for Datawrapper, while Anna’s work is to keep more than 1000 geo files of administrative boundaries up to date that everyone can use to create choropleth and symbol maps. Hans and Anna will demo the tool, show which kind of maps Datawrapper users create and talk a bit about plans for the future. --- Marie-Louise Timcke – Maps & R at Funke Interaktiv https://twitter.com/datentaeterin Marie-Louise Timcke is a data journalist and heads the interactive team of the Funke Media Group (https://www.morgenpost.de/interaktiv/). Marie will talk about how Funke Interaktiv uses the programming language R to find stories in data, to discuss chart types or choose color schemes, and sometimes even to produce ready to publish visualisations. --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

  • Hacks/Hackers #43 – the future of radio & the how technology is impacting audio

    This month we'll meet at Thomson Media for a session on audio & tech including insights from German and Ukrainian professionals. Please do join us in this mild November weather! There will be some nibbles to keep us warm. Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! SPEAKERS: Christian Schalt – On the Future of Radio https://twitter.com/ChristianSchalt Christian, who is based in Berlin and worked for many major radio stations in Germany and Austria, both as program director and as a general manager. In 2014 he spent several months in Silicon Valley studying how technology is changing the audio and music landscape. Since then he's been working as a consultant helping radio stations master the digital transformation and tech companies entering the audio space. Very timely, marking the 100th anniversary of the medium radio, his talk will provide an overview of the latest developments coming out of this sector as well as his thoughts on the future of radio. --- Andriy Chemes – Radio Skovoroda https://twitter.com/andriy_chemes In line with the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia” financed by the German Foreign Office, Thomson Media has welcomed 14 radio professionals from Ukraine to work with their German partners in Berlin. Andriy from Radio Skovoroda (http://radioskovoroda.com/radio) will introduce the projects he is currently working on and provide the Ukrainian perspective on audio & tech. More info about the programme: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/europa/erweiterung-nachbarschaft/nachbarschaftspolitik/cooperation-with-civil-society/373732 --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

  • Hacks/Hackers #42 – Data Breaches, Digital Safety & DDJ of Minigolf

    This month we'll meet again at ZeitOnline and bring you a lovely range of talks. Please do join us before the Autumn sets in! Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! SPEAKERS: Joseph Cox - Dealing with Data Breaches https://twitter.com/josephfcox Joseph is a journalist covering cybersecurity, the digital underground, and the surveillance industry for VICE's Motherboard. Hacks and large scale data dumps are increasingly important story avenues for journalists. But what actually happens when a criminal hacker approaches a journalist, and how does the reporter then verify that data and decide what to publish? This talk will discuss that behind-the-scenes dynamic, pulling from the speaker's own experience with breaches at Silicon Valley giants, government departments, and every sort of target in between. --- Tin Fischer - DDJ of Minigolf http://twitter.com/herrfischer Minigolf holds a mystery. Even though each track can be finished with one hit, only one person in the entire history of minigolf has ever finished an 18-holes-course with just 18 hits. Trying to understand this mystery I talked to minigolf masters and gathered and delved into data that nobody as ever considered interesting and/or relevant. Tin is a journalist who writes about weird stories and does data analysis on serious topics. His fascination for mini golf falls somewhere in between. He occasionally works together with a programmer. We have created, among others, the book „Nach dem Wochenende bin erstmal #krank“, a research project on selfharm on Instagram (https://www.zeit.de/2018/21/instagram-soziale-netzwerke-borderline-selfie-kultur-selbstverletzung) and the project tagsandthecity.net. --- Matt Mitchell - Your digital safety! https://twitter.com/geminiimatt Matt Mitchell is a hacker and the Director of Digital Safety & Privacy for the Tactical Technology Collective. Matt is a well known security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem (@cryptoHarlem), impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. This talk will discuss practical and easy steps to increase your digital and operational security. It is a refresh and an update on the latest security considerations and how this impacts your research, your sources, and your future. --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

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  • Hacks/Hackers #41 – OpenNews, Journalism start-ups, Datenguide

    Join us at a new venue for this months meetup at "The Place Berlin" (thanks Marco!) Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! SPEAKERS: Erika Owens - OpenNews and the News Nerd Survey https://twitter.com/erika_owens Technologists in newsrooms lead change not only in regard to tech, but also in pushing for inclusive, collaborative cultures in news organizations. Erika will share about the work of OpenNews, which supports the innovative efforts of the community working at the intersection of journalism and technology around the world. She will share findings from the [News Nerd Survey](https://opennews.org/blog/news-nerd-survey-2017/) and insights about roles, learning, newsroom culture change, and career development. --- Marco Herzog - Start-ups and Journalism https://twitter.com/marcoherzzog Marco Herzog is an engineer and CEO and Product Manager at Nuzzera, an aggregate news platform for freelance journalists, and established orgs. He has been a member of the startup scene for more than eight years now. Previously he had the chance to support several startups in their growth phase working as a product manager at the Berlin-based Incubator Project A Ventures. --- Simon Jockers - Datenguide https://twitter.com/sjockers Simon Jockers is a freelance developer who works on data journalism and civic tech projects. He is also the co-founder of [Datenguide](https://datengui.de), an open data initiative that aims at helping journalists understand and use German public statistics, which includes census data and other information that is collected by statistics offices across the country. In his talk, Simon will present the work they do with Datenguide and discuss what they have learned from working with public statistics over the past few months. --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

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  • Hacks/Hackers #40 – Weaponised Design, Security Reporting, Inclusivity in Tech

    In June, we'll meet at ZeitOnline to talk about weaponised design with Cade Diehm (Tactical Technology Collective), the histories of building inclusive spaces in tech with Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois), and how to survive reporting about IT-security with Hauke Gierow. Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us! SPEAKERS: Cade Diehm - On Weaponised Design https://twitter.com/helveticade The lived experiences of digital platform users is at odds with how these systems are designed. Weaponised design – a process that allows for harm of users within the defined bounds of a designed system – is faciliated by designers who are oblivious to the politics of digital infrastructure or consider their design practice output to be apolitical. Despite traumatic events against users with increasing regularity, addressing the weaponisation of design is not yet a priority, and is still to be addressed by the design community. Cade is a researcher and creative lead from Tactical Tech. His practice critically explores the politics and outcomes of systems and interfaces through his research into weaponised design, protocol governance and the continued emergence of technology and platform dependency. --- Anita Say Chan - The Long (and Continuing) Histories of Building Inclusive and Safe Spaces in IT Cultures https://twitter.com/wrongrrl It’s no secret that STEM, Technology, and Innovation Sectors have been challenged as of late by issues of diversity and inclusion, and have been publicly called into question - particularly by workers in Tech Sectors today - for an inability to ensure safe workplace and research cultures. This talk explores the long history of the work to address issues of power and precarity in technology sectors, and to build Inclusive and Safe Spaces in IT. It in particular looks the history of cybernetics projects in the US like the Biological Computer Lab at the University of Illinois [masked]) that worked to foster a “radically interdisciplinary” community of cross-generational researchers, and became renown for energizing a global cybernetics community that served as a “Refuge” for counter-cultural critics within STEM and Humanities researchers alike. It also looks at the work of queer engineers in corporate IT workplaces in the US, who activated national networks and innovated campaigns to reform workplace policy in the 80s and 90s. Anita is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in Latin America, and hybrid pedagogies in building digital literacies. She received her PhD in 2008 from the MIT Doctoral Program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism was released by MIT Press in 2014. --- Hauke Gierow - How not to die of cyber when reporting about IT-security https://twitter.com/h4uk3 This talk will cover reporting about IT-security issues outside of specialised tech-media and common pitfalls. It aims to give a concise introduction on how to judge press-releases and reports about alleged security-issues. Hauke writes about IT-security. He has spent a lot of time with journalists from countries with no press freedom and focuses on security that is usable by everybody. In an earlier life he studied political science and Chinese. --- As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us. Kind regards, Hacks/Hackers organising team.

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