David Huerta

Museum coder by day, hardware hacker by night.

“Taylor Swift” Would Like to Remind You to Vote Today

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Nov 062018
 

Although it didn’t make an appearance at our Halloween Party, The Red and Blue Tour made its debut further north in Manhattan last month. There, it serenaded the visitors of a haunted art house’s bathroom with red and blue light, offered politicized candy and played a mixtape which began with some pontifications on the impact of Taylor Swift’s recent Instagram post increasing voter registration in Tennessee, followed by a curated playlist of her best hits.

The installation, built into a refurbished voting booth, was set up with a laptop running Ubuntu and Firefox as a kiosk which allowed partygoers to register to vote on the spot* using TurboVote, a website you can still use to register to vote—it’s never too early for 2020! If you’re already registered to vote in New York City but would like to figure out where your poll site is though, check out the NYC Board of Elections’s Poll Site Locator.

tl;dr:

* Until we lost our Wi-Fi connection anyway.

APRIL 4TH: Hacks/Hackers Digital Security Installfest

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Mar 222018
 

Photo by Huck Magazine

Now that Brooklyn is no longer buried under snow, Hacks/Hackers will be bringing a digital security installfest to NYC Resistor on April 4th, 6:30PM. Hacks/Hackers brings journalists (hacks) and technologists (hackers) together to explore how to use technology to find and tell new stories and how to filter and visualize all the information around us everyday.

Our Hacks/Hackers hosts will introduce the special security challenges facing journalists, then we’ll break up into workshop tables with volunteers to cover specific tools and topics such as:

  • How to prevent doxing via social media best practices and data removal
  • Password managers
  • Different kinds of two-factor authentication and how to choose the right one for you
  • Signal, WhatsApp and other alternatives to phone calls and regular text messaging
  • Plus other topics based on the interest of attendees

NOTE: Although this even is open to the public, you must RSVP ($12.24) to attend. Light dinner included.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. If you’ve never been a CryptoParty-like event before, you can find out more on the CryptoParty Guiding Principles page.

Price:

$12.24 RSVP here.

When:

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

April 22nd: All-Day CryptoParty

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Apr 142017
 
Photo by Huck Magazine.

Photo by Huck Magazine.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on April 22nd, 2017 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. It might be seen as some as the, the broke backpackers guide to trading crypto .Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of and hands-on-help with everything from vetting a good VPN to navigating Tor and Signal.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 3:00PM – 9:00PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Get Your Tickets for the 2017 Interactive Show!

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Apr 112017
 

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We’re just about a month away from the 2017 NYC Resistor Interactive Show on May 13th! This year’s theme is The Running Man. The 80s dystopian future sci-fi takes place in 2017 and has so many great campy elements. Who can resist lo-fi graphics, spandex costumes, hexagonal decode systems, and a villain in LED studded armor? The projects practically create themselves! Got a project you want in the show? Elements from similar 80s flicks like Barb Wire, Cherry 2000 and Max Headroom are also a great idea. Submit your project by May 1st!

Don’t have a project but want to relive the futures of the past in the present! Get your tickets to the show today before they sell out!

When:

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 8:00PM – Late.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jan 28th: First Resistor CryptoParty of 2017!

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Dec 302016
 

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on January 28th, 2017 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of talks and hands-on-help.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 3:00PM – 9:00PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Nov 102016
 
Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on November 19th, 2016 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9:30PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of talks and hands-on-help.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

November 19th, 2016 3:00PM – 9:30PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jun 302016
 
Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

*** UPDATE: We’re hosting our first 6.5 hour-long cryptoparty to make more time for hands-on help with installing stuff and answering questions, like a cypherpunk Genius Bar! Come earlier than rush hour to beat the crowds! ***

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on July 22nd, 2016 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by 7PM anytime between 3PM and 9:30PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of talks and hands-on-help.

SCHEDULE!

3PM: Hands-on-help! Bring your laptop.

4PM: Snacks and more help.

5PM: Stephanie Hyland is talking about encrypted email and PGP!

6PM: David Huerta helps you install PGP and will sign your key, probably.

7PM: MYSTERY GUEST!

8PM: Mallory Knodel will discuss how she trains privacy tech trainers.

9PM: Plain chillaxing.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

July 22nd, 2015 3:00PM – 9:30PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

May 112016
 

Neural Networks, a longtime staple of Artificial Intelligence research, have recently enjoyed a renaissance in the hands of artists painting with GPUs and algorithms instead of brushes and easels. Style transfer, an algorithm used to read a particular painters style and recreate existing images in that style, has been a recent focus of a number of artists, like Gene Kogan. As part of their exploration into the field of neural networks, NYC Resistor member David Huerta and Machine Learning Scientist JB Rubinovitz from DBRS Labs have created a photo booth for style transfer, so you can redraw your face in the style of up to four artists, including Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe!

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Once your photo is processed, it’s tweeted into @NN_Paint‘s timeline.

BONUS: Each tweet has a link to an animated .gif which shows frames at various points in the neural network’s progress.

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Are you ready to make your selfie great again? Buy your tickets before they sell out!

Mar 252016
 
Photo by Brooklyn Public Library. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo by Brooklyn Public Library. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on April 13th, 2016 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by 7PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a cryptoparty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

April 13th, 2015 7:00pm.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Feb 102016
 

Last weekend, NYC Resistor members Cameron Cundiff, Caroline Sinders and David Huerta #disrupted the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon at ITP. Among the Cheez Whiz 3D Printer, VR Fireplace and Browse-with-Guy Chrome extension, they made two projects that helped dumb-up the Stupid Hackathon to a new level:

Debate Camp

Caroline Sinders, Greg Borenstein
Debate Camp

Debate Camp is an interactive tale of political intrigue and sexual tension in a secluded boot camp for doing debating… and doing it too? Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio form a kinship in the cutthroat crucible of primary elections, leading them to form a very different kind of “exploratory” committee.

 

Dark Registry

Cameron Cundiff, David Huerta
Dark Registry

Dark Registry is a wedding gift registry, but on the ~*dark web*~. Make your wedding one to remember by making a wishlist of the sketchiest wares the Russian black market has to offer! Download the Tor Browser and point it to the Dark Registry onion service: rlmhcda2ttz4tdtw.onion.

Check out stupidhackathon.org for more projects by various randos.