Posted on January 31, 2012
The Yes Men to Keynote at HOPE Number Nine!
We’re happy to announce that one of our keynote addresses at HOPE Number Nine
this summer will be given by The Yes Men, in what will surely be a lively,
enlightening, and inspirational presentation.
The Yes Men have probably caused more global trouble and confusion in the
upper echelons than anyone and they’ve pulled it off with true hacker spirit.
Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum created a fake World Trade Organization
website back in 1999 which managed to fool a large number of people, many
within the WTO itself. They found themselves invited to conferences to speak
as WTO representatives which they eagerly did, causing all kinds of mayhem
as documented in their film “The Yes Men.” (Their most recent film, “The Yes
Men Fix the World,” was released in 2009.)
The duo have also targeted George W. Bush, Dow Chemical, oil companies,
media outlets, and all sorts of corporations and governments that never saw
them coming. Each time they’ve defeated the system and won a victory in a
battle nobody else thought to fight, at least, not in this manner. Mike and
Andy’s slick social engineering skills have fooled all sorts of media
outlets, including the BBC, into spreading their fake stories throughout
the world. They’ve also been known to print tens of thousands of fake
newspapers to hand out to commuters in busy train stations, causing no end
But these pranks aren’t done just for the fun of it. The Yes Men always
have a message behind what they say and do, one that is often not given a
voice in the mainstream. Just as popular websites have been hacked by people
who want to get a message out, the mainstream culture itself has been hacked
by The Yes Men, in order to reach millions of people with an alternative to
what they’re being told.
We hope you share our enthusiasm at having The Yes Men deliver one of our
keynote addresses at this year’s Hackers On Planet Earth conference, known
as HOPE Number Nine. It should be quite energetic and fun, and it will no
doubt leave the thousands in attendance with all sorts of ideas on how to
change the world.
HOPE Number Nine will be taking place July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the Hotel
Pennsylvania in New York City and will feature over 100 talks ranging from
highly technical to socially provocative, but all connected in some way to
the wonderful world of hacking. In addition, we’ll have a huge floorspace
for all kinds of hacker projects and displays.