*This workshop is now fully subscribed and bookings are closed*
Schedule: Monday 25 – Friday 29 June, from 12pm to 18pm (5 day workshop)
Teachers: Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev
Group: 10-15 people
Required skills: Agility
Required materials: Laptop with ethernet port
Ask anyone how the postal system works and they would give a vaguely correct description. Few however would come close to describing how email, let alone a computer network itself, actually functions. With this lack of knowledge comes a risk; we lack the practical understanding to effectively read the infrastructural and political implications of our increased dependency on this technology.
In this intensive 5 day workshop Oliver and Vasiliev will teach low level networking for wireline and wireless networks using only command line tools. In doing so, students will learn both how to manipulate computer networks and how they manipulate us. No prior knowledge of computer networking is required. A small scale model of the Internet will be created in class for the purposes of study with which we will interact with another self-built local network. By learning about routing, addressing, core protocols, network analysis, network packet capture and dissection, students will become dexterous and empowered users of both fixed and wireless networks.
In the second phase of the workshop students will learn to read network topologies as political control structures, seeing how corporations and governments shape and control the way we use computer networks. Students will learn to study these power structures by tracing the flow of packets as they pass over land and sea. Macro-economic and geostrategic speculations will be made. Oliver and Vasiliev will provide all students with a LiveUSB operating system complete with tools familiar to both the hacker and network engineer alike. Complete documentation will be provided. Participating in this workshop requires no prior knowledge of computing or computer networking.
For further information and to book a place on the Networkshop please see send a short expression of interest telling us a little bit about yourself and your reasons for wanting to participate in the workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org.