The term cryptoanarchy describes the growing environment of the unregulated Internet, where unlimited data sharing and the development of the free market became possible by using anonymous tools such as decentralized currencies like bitcoin, and anti-spyware encryption tools.
From the intervention of a live broadcast of Czech Television to the virtual interaction with politician’s mobile phones, we as members of the Ztohoven group are associated with hacking. The inspiration of technological innovation and its potential impact on society led us to a tight interaction with the hacker scene. As we understand the connection between the arts, science and technology as a tool to highlight the authoritarian tendencies which entered into our daily lives with the development of modern technologies, we decided to join the international hackers network and to establish a hacker space called Institute of Cryptoanarchy.
The aim of the Institute of Cryptoanarchy is to make available tools for unlimited dissemination of information on the Internet and encouraging a parallel decentralized economy, crypto-currencies and other conditions for the development of a free society in the 21st century.
The main motive for us is the belief that censorship is not a phenomenon only in “the distant dictatorial world”.
States and their security agencies globally control access to information and use the protection of intellectual property as an excuse to apply total censorship to control the available resources.
The State on a global level processes private mail and personal data, even though the European Court of Justice decided on the illegitimacy of “data retention”.
The State and corporations have data on economic behavior, and through legislation they have received complete access to all payment transactions and consumer habits.
New technology brings the possibility of choice – we are in a time that is defined by The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto.
With a fast internet connection, reliable anonymity and decentralized currency, you preserve freedom which we have been losing as a society.
What is it?
Paralelní Polis consist of several concepts that all aim at one thing - helping people opt-out from the current authoritarian system.
In Bitcoin Coffee, people learn there is an alternative financial system (we only accept Bitcoin and Litecoin as payment), we only play Creative Commons music, there is no photography without asking permission. We live the vision of free society and you can too, when you enter.
As you proceed in the house, you can be on top of things by going to the top floor which is Institute of Cryptoanarchy. You can learn how to increase your personal freedom. There are meetups about cryptocurrencies, unschooling, biohacking, personal liberty, machine learning, 3D printing, etc.
When you gain new skills and learn more, you can either proceed to CryptoLab or Paper Hub and utilize your skills - you can create new products, services and open-source projects to advance the human liberty.
Decentralize the decentralization movement!
We understand that as a physical space in Prague, we can mainly serve people who visit us physically. To have higher impact on society, we decided to open-source the concept itself, so you can open your own Paralelni Polis.
There is a first child instance of this project, Paralelná Polis in Bratislava, Slovakia. As the team in Bratislava is building another "copy" of the concept, we are documenting all the steps required. This is the result of this effort.
We were inspired by the Hackerspace movement:
"During the operation of a hackerspace, there are many questions and problems that arise from time to time. To save future spaces from having to find optimal solutions for common situations all over again, we're collecting a list of Do's and Don'ts here. Please add your experiences in the subsite for your hackerspace here. The goal is to collect the most common/best/creative solutions"
We believe that Paralelní Polis - although itself a form of a hackerspace - is more focused on cryptoanarchy and blends in creative space with an educational institution, educational cafeteria and a coworking space, which makes it more sustainable and more impactful concept. We believe that opening up more to random strangers that just come to drink coffee and learn about this wonderful parallel world, we can have serious impact on the society.
Using the know-how, tools, experience, software tools and support from us, you can open your own Paralelní Polis in your "polis".
If you have a question, check the issues or create a new one