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About this project

Some might say „I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.“ Help them understand that they are misunderstanding the fundamental nature of human rights. Nobody needs to justify why they „need“ a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. But even if they did, you can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to you. More simply, the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority. But even if they could, help them think for a moment about what they’re saying. Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say. A free press benefits more than just those who read the paper.

Edward Snowden

Bis zum Tag der Bundestagswahl 2017 läuft unsere Kickstarter-Kampagne für das ACafe: das weltweit erste anonyme Internet-Café und Offline-Anlaufpunkt für Internet-Nutzer, die ihre digitale Privatsphäre schützen wollen, sich aber nicht ausreichend in die Materie einarbeiten können.

Nur im ACafe werden Sie von einem freundlichen Cyber-Security-Experten beraten, der auf Wunsch u.a. Anonymisierungs-Software installiert oder Einstellungen von Social Media Accounts checkt.

Das ACafe will das Thema digitale Privatsphäre in den Mainstream holen. Um das zu schaffen, braucht es einfache, angenehme Möglichkeiten, sich mit dem Thema vertraut zu machen und eigene Positionen zu entwickeln. Das Thema ist viel zu wichtig, um in Tech-Blogs und Hacker-Kongressen ein Nischendasein zu fristen. Wir alle hinterlassen tagtäglich digitale Spuren, verdrängen aber mögliche Konsequenzen. Von gewollter Transparenz bis zur völligen Aufgabe von Privatsphäre ist es oft nur ein kleiner Schritt. 

Im ACafe, im Herzen Berlins, empfängt ein Experte an 5 Tagen die Woche seine Kunden. Er/Sie installiert Software, berät zu BitCoins oder verkauft Hardware, mit der man seinen Reisepass vor RFID Lesegeräten schützen kann.
 Für komplexere Aufgaben kann man entweder einen Termin buchen oder für Standard-Services einfach spontan vorbei kommen. Der Ausflug in die Welt der digitalen Privatsphäre soll dabei so angenehm wie möglich werden: neben dem „Nerd-In-Residence“ empfängt daher ein geschulter Barista die Kunden. Man kann sich in der Mobile-Free- Zone bei einem hervorragenden Tee ungestört unterhalten oder mit unserem Rechner etwas recherchieren. Oder man bestellt sich ein kühles Hacker-Pschorr und liest in Ruhe das erste Kapitel von 1984.

While I was researching for my last film, I wanted to safely protect and keep my research, internet searches and communication private. But how? Finding out how to do this was not as easy as I thought.

ACafe is a place where you can get information and services related to your digital self-defence. Our goal is to crowd-fund the BETA version of the ACafe, fine tune the concept and become a long term institution in Berlin. We all want to be secure and private online, and ACafe is a place where in the hands of our experts you can safely find out the information you need in a simple, clear and in an easy to use way (and our teas are excellent).

We are the place to go if you are afraid your online medical searches will impact your health insurance. We are the people to meet if you want your online activity to remain private and we are a cafe, where you can sit, relax and connect with like minded people. We want to develop a space where people can speak directly with experts in digital privacy. So we created our Nerd-In-Residence, an expert advisor who is on hand to help you in a non-jargon, clear way. If you want to be among our first guests, if you think that there is a demand and necessity for our service or if you want to get one of our selected products and become a member - please support us by pledging now and sharing this project with your friends.

Thank you very much!

Gregor Hutz

 Installation & Einweisung (Auszug): 

• Tor Browser Bundle
• TAIL Operation System


• OpenSource Operation System für Computer oder SmartPhone

• Mail Encryption Software

Hardware im Shop (Auszug): 

• Kameraschutz für Computer und Handys 

• RFID Schutz für Ausweise und Karten

Dienstleistungen (Auszug): 

• Risk Assessment: Individuelle Beurteilung Ihrer Sicherheitseinstellungen

• Clean Sheet Service: Antrag auf Aushändigung aller über Sie gespeicherter Daten und Antrag auf Löschung durch die diversen Anbieter (Google, Facebook, T-Online...)

OUR CYBER SERVICES

From data encryption to online banking, we're here to answer your questions in regards to privacy. We'll help you to enable privacy on your devices, by setting privacy related configuration or by installing software that will do. Our goal is it to help you to help yourself. To raise understanding about privacy and why it has become so difficult nowadays. Therefore the purpose of our service is not just technical. We raise important questions and want to inspire people to think and talk about the subject.

• Installation and set-up: Tor Browser Bundle

• Installation and set-up: TAIL Operation System

• Installation and set-up: Mail Encryption Software

• Installation and set-up: OpenSource Operation System on your Computer or SmartPhone

• Assessment about threat to your privacy, to ensure that you take the right amount of effort to protect yourself.

• Configuration of your computer to be less invasive.

• Teaching about online privacy in social networks

• Informing about phishing, why it often works and what not to do.

• An insight in the sociological/philosophical discussion about the importance of privacy and the difference between cybersecurity and safety.

Gregor Hutz ist Filmemacher und Gründer das ACafe. Er ist überzeugt, dass das Thema Digitale Privatsphäre im Mainstream und der Offline-Welt verankert werden sollte.

Jan Alexander Salmiak (Akendo) betreut das Projekt von der technischen Seite. Der studierte Informatiker ist Fachmann für IT- Systeme mit Schwerpunkt auf Systemadministration, Sicherheit und Datenschutz. Im ACafe ist er zuständig für das technische Set-Up und für das Briefing unserer wechselnden Nerd-In-Residence Mitarbeiter. 

Jan Thiel, der seit über 10 Jahren ein Cafe in Berlin betreibt, kümmert sich im ACafe darum, dass sich die Gäste gastronomisch und atmosphärisch gut aufgehoben fühlen. 

Im März 2018 eröffnet eine BETA Version des ACafe im Projektraum BERLINWEEKLY in der Linienstraße 160 in Berlin. 

LINKS:

www.acafe.de

www.gregor-hutz.de

https://blog.akendo.eu/

www.kaffeemitte.de

www.dltlly.com

www.berlinweekly.com

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is that we can't open the ACafe if we fail to achieve our funding goal. This is a new kind of service and it is not easy to convince people to finance a business model, that has never been tested. But as we see the subject becoming more relevant for regular internet users, we think there is a demand for an offline shop specialized in products for online use. Please, if you are not able to pledge money towards the project, share this page with your network. We recommend e-mail or Twitter.

Q: Why do you need this amount of money? What is it going to be spent on? 

A: We will use the money to kick-start the ACafe and open the BETA version. The small project space BerlinWeekly is almost empty and we need to build the furniture and to set up the store. A large portion of the money will go to the sallary of our Nerd-In-Residence Team, who will work for us on a freelance basis.

Q: What exactly is your service?
A: The first person you meet at ACafe, is our Nerd-In-Residence. Like a good specialist retailer, he asks you how he can help. From A as Anonymity to Z as Zensurbalken, from Facebook settings to RFID covers - he understands you. In preparation we will set up a simple training lesson to make or Nerd-In-Residence ready to serve the public. He provides basic knowhow and has more information for you, if you need to go dive deeper into the subject. And he understands the relevance of his mission. 
If you want to try to surf anonym, you can rent our laptop and sit down in our mobile-free zone and research in privacy. While doing so, we serve you the finest tea and some selected snacks. If you are interested the mysterious world of the „Dark Net“, we are a easy way in.

Q: Why don't you just give the money raised to existing NGOs working in the field? 
A: With our work we support existing NGOs or important individuals. We dont want to compete with these well established players, but we want to make it more easy to find and access them. We want to built a bridge and we believe we can, because we approach the project from the user side. If you also see the need for a place where regular internet users can meet an expert, please help us to establish the ACafe.

Q: What happens if you don't raise the money? 
A: If we don't reach our €20,000 goal we won't see a single cent. Backers credit cards will never be charged - this only happens once a campaign is successful. This is why it would be great if you could share the project with your family and friends. We have one month to raise the money.

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    Pledge €5 or more About $6

    Supporter

    You like the idea and want to spend little money? Become a supporter and get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the trainings we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

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    Basic Info Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritized when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

    + 1 Copy of the novel by George Orwell. A good read about a dystopian world, where everyone is monitored. Book comes signed and with greetings from the ACafe-Team.

    + Bring your voucher and get a delicious hot or cold drink at ACafe in Berlin.

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    Kids Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritised when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions and media to get started.

    + Get one of the iconic Anonymus masks.

    + Bring your voucher and get a Delicious Florida Ice Cream for three people. Young people will love it:-)

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    TOR Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritized when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

    + Get your PrivacyDongle and never surf the web unprotected again. If you pick it up at ACafe, our Nerd-in-residence will guide you thru your first steps with the Tor browser.

    + Bring your voucher and get a delicious hot or cold drink at ACafe in Berlin. Accompanied by a handmade praline by Olivia Schokoladen & Tartes.

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    Look Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritized when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

    + You feel better if your camera lens is covered? There is something better than tape: The Camera Lens by Soomz. Choose one of their fancy colors and make your device look safer and better.

    + Bring your voucher and get a delicious hot or cold drink at ACafe in Berlin. Accompanied by a handmade praline by Olivia Schokoladen & Tartes.

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    Travelers Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritized when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

    + You need to carry documents like the German Reisepass? Block the RFID sender in your pocket with this slim RFID Passport Case by Veloflex.

    + Bring your voucher and get a delicious hot or cold drink at ACafe in Berlin. Accompanied by a handmade praline by Olivia Schokoladen & Tartes.

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    Social Media Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritized when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

    + Get your private Facebook and Google History as PDF. We will request, according to European Law, that all saved data are handed out to you. Once you know what is saved about you (most likely hundreds of pages), you can take further actions. We will either hand you a manual with all necessary steps or you visit us at ACafe and we are happy to assist you.

    + Bring your voucher and get a delicious hot or cold drink at ACafe BETA in Berlin. Accompanied by a handmade praline by Olivia Schokoladen & Tartes.

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    Partner Pack

    Enjoy all benefits of your ACafe-membership status. You can use our computer for 1 hour a week and are prioritized when booking service time with our Nerd-In-Residence. You will be invited to polls and closed events, like film screenings or panel discussions. You will get the ACafe how-to (PDF file), based on the training we develop for our Nerd-In-Residence personnel. A few useful and trusted links to open-source software, institutions, and media to get started.

    + Become a founding father of ACafe and get your name (or nick) listed on- and offline. Your name will be visible as long as ACafe exists and you get a first-look-deal on the business plan after we finished the BETA version. 

    + Bring your voucher and get a delicious hot or cold drink at ACafe BETA in Berlin. As a partner you have the “all you can drink” status and get refills as often as you want.

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