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Hackers Congress Paralelní Polis 2014 – speakers introduction


Josef Šíma (CZ)
(Anarchy, Economics and Freedom (EN)
Josef Šíma is Czech economist and president of CEVRO Institute. He translated tens of books and publishes regularly on economical and political issues. He is also an editor of bilingual magazine New Perspectives on Political Economy and Journal Libertarian Studies. Professor Šíma has taught on number of European and American universities and is a co-author of many text-books of economy. As a director of Liberal Institute he promotes the Austrian School, free market, limited role of state in economics and decentralisation.


Petr Boháček (CZ)
Chinese Cyber Espionage and US Cyber Defence  (EN)
Petr Bohacek graduated from secondary school and university the faculty of Political science and International Relations in United States. He studied international security and political economy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and received intense Scholarship program on security in the transatlantic and global context at the University of Leipzig. During his studies at Charles University on Faculty of Social Science was dedicated to cyber security. He has published articles on international political issues in multiple media and on the web server iHNED, as an intern was involved in research program at the Institute of International Relations. Currently he is concentrating on writing a thesis on the topic of security integration in South America. During his doctoral studies, he would like to work on changing the concept of a state sovereignty in cyberspace.


Stick (SK)
History of hacking in Czechoslovakia (EN)
All-around hacker, open-source enthusiast and technology geek. He’d been involved in open development of various software and hardware projects since he can remember. When he’s not currently investigating some emerging technologies or digging into hard core cryptography, he’s probably trying to bring some new-media interactive art projects to life.


Josef Průša (CZ)
3D print as a tool for social change (EN)
Since 2009, Josef is designing and building 3D printers, which are partially able to replicate themselves (print components of another printer). All his work is opensource under the RepRap project. He had presentations about 3D Printing and Open Hardware e.g. at TEDx in Prague or Vienna, World MakerFaire New York or Open Hardware Summit MIT. He teaches at the Charles University subject about Arduino.


Nikola Schmidt (CZ)
Cyber war theorization and securitization by state (EN)
Nikola Schmidt was a director and co-founder of the software development company COEX. Currently he is PhD. candidate at the Department of International Relations, Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. His research interests are focused on the perspectives of cyberspace regime development, cyberspace conceptualization, cyber war and hybrid war. Mr. Schmidt graduated at the Metropolitan University in the program of International Relations and European Studies. Today, he teaches Cyber security courses on Foreign Relations, Space Security and Intelligence at the Department of International Relations. From the broad perspective, he focuses on international security and the role of new technologies in its dynamics.


Joerg Platzer (GE)
Behind enemy lines – About having a chat in Mordor (EN)
Joerg Platzer, founding member of the Berlin based Crypto Currency Consulting Group, finds a crypto-currency based financial system would be the second best financial system we can imagine. He loves Bitcoin to bits. That’s why he accepts it at ROOM77, the restaurant at the end of capitalism.


Ben Parry and Peter McCaughey (UK)
Hacking Place – Hijacking People (EN)
Ben Parry is an artist and curator. He is an editor of Cultural Hijack: Rethinking Intervention (2012) and co-curator of the international survey show of urban interventionism and art activism at the Architectural Association, London(2013). He is a director of Jump Ship Rat, UK based group of artists who develop their own public art works, exhibitions, publications and interventions. Ben is an inaugural member of the International Peripatetic Sculptors Society (IPSS).


Cryptographic Artefacts (EN)
Cypherpunker since mid 1990s. Operator of anon remailers, tor nodes. Author of “Second Realm – A Book on Strategy”. Author of “The Treasure that is Privacy”. Author of “RuleScaping”. Author of Aristocracy of Action
Author…. in general. Contributor to Privacy Extremist. Interested in strangeness


Richard Ďurana (SK)
Intellectual Property or Intellectual Monopoly? (EN)
Dr. Richard Ďurana is a co-founder of INESS – Institute of Economic and Social Studies, leading Slovak economic think tank. He is a director of INESS since its establishment in January 2006. He has published numerous amounts of articles in Slovak and foreign newspapers, magazines and books and has appeared frequently in broadcast media. He is a co-author of several books and studies. Dr. Ďurana is a frequent speaker at the various domestic and international conferences and lecturer at international forums and local events. Fields of his professional interest include public finance, economic and social policies, entrepreneurial environment, effects of regulation, labour market and intellectual property rights. Dr. Richard Ďurana holds M.Sc. in organic chemistry and Ph.D. in biochemistry. Previous position at INESS was a research scientist at the Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he work on vaccine development.


Zuzana Ďuračinská (CZ)
Cyber security (EN)
Zuzana Duračinská graduated a professional training in CZ.NIC in 2012, which in January 2013 turned into a full-time job. During the internship she was also engaged in European projects supporting the deployment of IPv6 in public administration of the European Union. After graduation of Political Science in July 2013 she became member CZ.NIC-CSIRT and CSIRT.CZ teams. Its main tasks will be to support the activities of both security teams, especially the handling of security incidents and their prevention.


Pavel Zbytovský (CZ)
Drones, quadcopters and law (EN)
Pavel Zbytovský is an enthusiast of drones and OpenStreetMap. IT Specialist, web designer, programmer. Student Of FIT CVUT, a teacher at GJK and scout leader in Prague.


Pavol Draxler (SK)
Hackovanie politického systému (SK)
In 1997,1998, Pavol Draxler significantly participated in organisation of the student movement which disagreed with the political regime of the time. Professionally, he is dedicated to the study of radicalisation and extremism. Pavol studied International Relations at the University of Linkoping. Currently, he is a member of Radicalisation Awareness Network and an independent expert of the European Commission for security, radicalism and terrorism.


Frank Braun
Secure Messaging – open challenges and its relevance for a Paralelní Polis (EN)
Frank Braun is a liberty lover and one of his main interests is how we can use technology to create more personal freedom in a world of pervasive surveillance. He is currently working on mute.


Igor Cibula (SK)
Paralelná tajná služba na Slovensku v rokoch vlády V. Mečiara (19951998) (SK)
PhDr. Igor Cibula (1942) is a publicist, an expert in the field of intelligence services. Originally, he is a journalist, was involved in Prague Spring, rejected the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. As an officer of intelligence services started at first administration office of FMV (1968-1970). At the time so-called normalization cooperated with the Catholic dissident J. Čarnogurský. After rehabilitation in 1990 continued in his career at the Office for Foreign Relations and Information (intelligence). In the period 1993-1995 he was director of intelligence SIS, in 2006-2007 he lectured at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations of Matej Bel (University in Banská Bystrica) on topic of intelligence services. Since 2008, he lectures on this subject at the Faculty of Law in Pan-European University. In 2006 he initiated the establishment of the Association of former intelligence officers Slovakia (ABSD). As chairman of the ABSD participates in the preparation of international conferences on topic of intelligence services that the association organizes every years on the base of the Faculty of Law at the Pan-European university (


Jan Ritsema (FR)
Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative: a hungry poetical-financial parasite (EN)
Jan Ritsema is CEO Robin Hood Cooperative Association of Finland. ” The power to create the money is in hands of financial markets, but we don’t have an access to it. Our money must participate in this market, but it can never benefit. Simply, it is us, who bears all the risk.” Robin Hood Minor Asset Management presents a solution in alternative method of financial investment, which allows to profit to everyone on the same principle as “fat cats” do it on Wall Street. “At the time of economic crisis in Europe, we are in uncertainty. We are confused because it looks like nothing staggering changed. We live in exhaustion and disillusionment. We urgently need to rediscover ourselves, but we do not have the strength and assumptions for it. We ran out of our own possibilities and live like it’s deja vu” (Akseli Virtanen)


Mike Gogulski (:)
Cryptocurrency Money Laundering: An insider’s view, practical applications (EN)
Cryptoanarchist Mike Gogulski is a citizen without a state and entrepreneur of the first bitcoin laundry in the world (, which is considered to be a pure evil by financial and government institutions around the world. He rejected his American citizenship, because he didn’t want to be associated with American government in any ways, which he considers as the largest terrorist organization. Since 2008 he lives in Slovakia without a citizenship. During his studies of computer science, he stood behind the first case of computer hacking in the history, when he hacked into the system of long-distance calls. In 1999 he founded a forum for the abolition of penalties for marijuana use. In 2010 he initiated the organization in support of Chelsea Manning, the American soldier, who was convicted of sharing classified documents with Wiki Leaks. Mike will talk about his business ethics, internal operations and the wider impact of the financial anonymization and the weakening of the regulatory role of the state, which different crypto currencies due.


Pavol Lupták (SK)
FinFisher – top government spying (EN)
Cryptoanarchist and voluntaryist focused on technology and society hacking.
Owner of the IT security company Nethemba.


Marek Palatinus aka Slush (CZ)
Bitcoin in practice (EN)
Bitcoin legend, creator and founder of pooled mining service and co-creator of bitcoin trezor.


Wireless Warrior
Wireless Security: Government Threat Models and Solutions (EN)
Wireless Warrior is a long-time cypherpunk with significant writings and contributions. He has worked with well-known notables as Jon Matonis, Adam Back, Nick Szabo, David Chaum, Tim May, Eric Hughes, Bram Cohen, Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, and Bruce Schneier. Of particular importance he was a founding member of GnuRadio (with Eric Blossom and John Gilmore) and has maintained a keen interest in the use of software defined radio for covert communications.


Barney Francis (UK)
Boundaries which shape our society (EN)
Barney Francis, Founder of Upper Space. Upper Space is a non-profit public realm art organisation that is comprised of artists; academics; activists and community organisers. We provide a platform for activists and projects that engage with marginalised communities, anti-capitalist forms of organising and direct actions in public space.”


Frederick Malouf (AUS)
The Endgame of Bitcoin (video and skype) (EN)
Bitcoin developer born and bred in Sydney, Australia. He excelled in minimalist architecture, laying the foundation for aesthetic and logical critique of macro-system analyses. His continued interest in sustainable processes, opened a current career in radio, researching why people in the sustainable space did not collaborate, leading to the belief that the fundamental game changer for a more sustainable world is to shift to qualitative exchange mechanisms.
A perpetual traveller at heart, he has travelled to 33 countries within 9.5 years away from home, living in Prague between 1996-1998 and sailing crossing the Atlantic twice. A lover of beach trekking by bicycle, he also has a great passion for electric cars and motorcycles.


Juraj Bednár (SK)
Liberty as a DYI Project (video and skype) (SK)
Juraj Bednar is a hacker and serial entrepreneur. He founded several IT companies in Slovakia and also hackerspace Progressbar . He works with Bitcoins, themes of security and freedom. He will participate conference virtually via videocall from Singapore.


Juraj Kubica (SK)
How to disconnect from grid and produce sustainable energy (EN)
Juraj Kubica, PhD. (32) is an expert in renewable energy systems. He studied electrical engineering (physics of solid state) at Slovak University of Technology, where he is now researcher and lecturer. Juraj is a senior member of Progressbar, first Slovak hackerspace in Bratislava and senior advisor to government of Slovak Republic. In his spare time he promotes astronomy and wants to build a planetarium in Bratislava.


Bastien Beaufort (FR)
Tropical plant fair trade with the Amazon rainforest and global Disco Soupe anti-food waste war: glimpses of two actions from the Slow Food philosophy (EN)
He works with biodiversity of the Amazon flora. During the conference he will present two cases of the studies that are parts of Slow Food Movement “Glocal”, which promote “good, clean an fair food for everyone”. Two examples are many miles away from each other and started at different time. The first study started from creating of international fair food project “Guarana project” in the Amazon region since 1995. The second study is presented by the project “Disco Soupe”, the worldwide dance movement against food wastage, which was founded in 2012, Berlin. With energy of ” Slow Food Youth Network”, these projects get stronger position in France and over the world. Now they are taking place on four continents. In his lecture, Mr. Beaufort will demonstrate the need of acceleration of those two initiatives.


Jindřich Raftl (CZ)
Biomorfní struktury (CZ)
Jindrich Ráftl is an architect and researcher who is dedicated to bio experiments on the border of art, technology and science. Since young age, he was interested in microbiology. He went from environmental constructions in Himalayas and Africa to digital structures and bio experiments, which prevail in his world now. He applies his knowledge in projects of R/FRM studio, which he founded along with Jan Tůma in 2011.


Lucie Straková a Martin Loučka (CZ)
Creative commons – Open source (EN)
Lucie Straková graduated from the Faculty of Law MU and currently she is studying at the Faculty of Economics MU. She spent a year at Faculté de Droit at Université d’Aix-Marseille as well. After several years of experience in advocacy she became an enthusiastic member of Creative Commons Czech Republic, where she continues to work. She is interested in IT and ICT law, specifically in the field of public licenses, Open Access and the overall interconnection of the world of law and the world of technology.
Martin Loučka studies at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, where he works as a student research assistant at the Institute of Law and Technology, and also he is a member of the Creative Commons CZ team. In general he focuses on IP/ICT law, making the connection between the law and technology is his main extracurricular activity.


Petr Kindlmann (CZ)
Ideje a vzkazy cypherpunkerů ukryté v Bytecoinu (CZ)
Cryptocurrencies enthusiast