Masterclass Series 1: Hacking the Mobile Ecosystem for Data
Friday, 15 May 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This is a hands-on event to gain a more practical understanding of the kinds of data mobile phone apps capture. Led by the well-known researcher Darren Martyn, whose background lies in penetration testing, reverse engineering and vulnerability discovery and exploitation. Participants will be given pre-rooted Android phones and will learn how to use app-reversal tools (like dex2jar; WireShark, etc.) and decompile apps. We will then see what kind of data an app asks for, whose analytics services it uses, and examine the traffic. Please bring your laptops, no hacking experience is required! This event welcomes participants of all levels of technological expertise.
When & Where
Tobias Blanke, Mark Coté, Giles Greenway, and Jennifer Pyubs
The masterclass speaker series is born out of the research grant: “Our Data Ourselves”, undertaken at King’s College London. The focus of this project has been to investigate the personal data that gets generated by young people on their smartphone devices. Our aim has been to increase our knowledge and understanding of the nature and role of the data that young people produce when thy use platforms and applications on their mobiles.
After working with young people from Young Rewired State for the past 18 months, we would now like the opportunity to discuss our results within a larger dialogue that brings together scholars and hackers who are interested in big social data research. Over the coming months we are inviting you to take part in a wide range of topics that will examine mobile infrastructures and ecosystems, to issues related to the increasing amount of material that is ‘born digital’, to questions around privacy and the ethics of extracting user-generated data.