About Duk Op

Duk Op is your guide to what happens in and around Copenhagen, whether you are looking for demonstrations, concerts, parties, meetings, soup kitchens, gardening days, workshops, art exhibitions, film screenings and much more.

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The idea behind the calendar is that there is a need for a simple and accessible way to get involved and involve others in these cool activities. Money shouldn't be an issue, as you should not be dependent on having the "right" friends on Facebook or on checking ten different online calendars to get an overview of what's happening. Duk Op is a possibility to open up, gather and discover new and exciting projects.

The crew behind the homepage does not upload events to the calendar, so Duk Op is entirely dependent on you and your group contributing with your events and activities!

Duk Op is a political project. We dream of a different and better world. A world based on principles of freedom, equality and autonomy and without discrimination and oppression in all its forms. We get excited about activism, self-organisation and about initiatives and cultural projects that are more than something you can write on your CV or that you can earn money from. We wish to support places, groups and individuals who share these values. For this reason, events that for instance have a parlamentarian goal or that aim at commercial profit are not welcome on the calendar.

Generally, Duk Op aims at hosting open events. However, we do see exceptions, for example in the case of separatistic events that focus on gender. On the other hand, closed member-meetings and the like do not belong on the calendar, but belong to the organisation or group's own communication channels (e.g. mailing-list).

We hope that Duk Op can function as a mobilising platform, can make it easier to get involved and involve others and can inspire and motivate by showing all the great activities that are happening out there.

Contact Duk Op

If you have questions regarding what you have just read, or about anything else, write an email to dukop@riseup.net

To the security conscious: We have a PGP key.

The full key fingerprint is:

Key fingerprint = 425E5C6D144F922CBB67334C7A22EF26DB40DAEA

Copyright and copyright trolls

The collective behind Duk Op does not create event content and disclaims responsibility for copyright matters. Users should use images that they have rights to use - so we don't have to bother with silly copyright trolls.

Copyright trolls are companies that use legal extortion methods to demand arbitrary fees be paid for some random photo on a website. In our case, they don't care that we didn't choose the photo, have no way of verifying its copyright, that we don't profit on it nor that the photos are in low resolution and are often remixed. What they care about is getting as much money as possible.

Because law-makers in Denmark have put us in a bad position, we have no other choice than to remove content if requested by the trolls. We cannot verify their claims. If someone wants to back us to fight them back, we will gladly receive any help.

Duk Op and Online Security

Duk Op takes your internet privacy seriously, and does its best to avoid gathering unnecessary information about its users. On this page you can read more about our policy, about the different user types we have on the website, about why you should protect yourself when surfing the internet, and also find a simple way to protect your privacy when online.

Security and privacy policy

The aim of our Security and Privacy Policy is to protect our users from unwanted surveillance of their online activities. User privacy is one of our foremost concerns and we have developed dukop.dk with this in mind.

We run this service with minimal data collection. By using the site, you should be able to guess what data is collected simply from what data you enter into our forms - we seek the truest form of "legitimate interest". We do not track your activity automatically. We do NOT care about your individual identity or to profile what you in particular look at on the website. In contrast to analytics and tracking, we believe in qualitative feedback, submitted voluntarily by you, the users.

We strive for an online calendar with a minimal environment footprint which conincides with minimizing transaction and storage of data, not least tracking of user behavior.

Here is the short version. We collect:

  1. from everyone: The client IP address visible to us, possibly and likely identifying the device which you are accessing the internet with - this is inevitably collected by others, too. We log this like everyone else with a webserver would do, but we also purge (delete) those logs again.
  2. from registered users: Information that you enter about events, unless you delete the event. Events stop being visible to others 30 days after expiring or immediately upon deletion. We automatically delete old events 180 days after they end, after which neither event owner or site admins have access to the data.
  3. from registered users: Your email address, latest login time and nick name (if supplied)
  4. from registered users: Data about reusable locations and groups (indefinitely or until deletion is requested), including other user accounts invited to manage those locations and groups.
  5. from registered users: Locations and groups that you have chosen to follow or be a member of (once this functionality exists)

We have this data for the purposes of:

  • Publishing event data, which registered users have login access to maintain [2] [3] [4]
  • Creating individual calendars based on a location or group maintained by registered users [2] [3] [4]
  • Protecting the site from abuse [1]
  • Aggregating anonymized metrics of the site's usage [1]
  • Sending notifications about events that you have created (once this functionality exists) [3]
  • Sending updates about locations or groups that you follow (once this functionality exists) [3] [5]
  • We will never share non-public data with third-party organizations

Like almost all websites, we log visits and activity on the website in order to debug errors and identify attackers. We do not keep indefinite logs, but we do log recent activity. Please note however, that if you need to conceal your IP address while on Duk Op, we recommend the use of TOR, as described below.

For the same reason we have actively chosen not to link our Duk Op login to Facebook or Google, which are companies that you cannot trust, when it concerns your data and your privacy.

We do however save the email addresses of our registered users in our database. This is necessary for us to send email confirmations and to allow us to reset users' passwords for them.

We may also use user's email address to contact users if there are problems with the events they have created. Users who have chosen a password will have the password stored in an encrypted format in our database. This means that even though we control our database, we still cannot read your password; we can only confirm that you have entered the correct password when you log in. But you should never reuse passwords!

Duk Op is only available over a secure web connection. This means that the data you exchange with the application will always be encrypted to prevent interception by people eavesdropping on your connection.

Why should I think about internet security?

As a rule of thumb, you cannot trust that your internet provider or other actors do not keep an eye on what you do online. For this reason you need to be very careful if you want to protect yourself and your private life, for instance when you invite other people to participate in political activities. Perhaps you are sitting there and thinking that the activities you are advertising for on Duk Op are legal and innocent, and that you do not need to worry about internet security. Well, you might be right, but there are at least two good reasons to protect yourself when you use Duk Op (and all the rest of the internet, too!).

The first good reason is that it is all about habits: the more we get used to protect ourselves in normal and "innocent" situations on the internet, the less we will need to change our ways of doing when we actually do need to be anonymous. So it may very well be that you don't think that the lecture on Swedish birds you are holding in two weeks is anything dangerous, but by acting securely and by protecting you today, you get used to it, and do not panic or make mistakes when you need to invite to pirate party or a blockade in two months.

The second good reason is solidarity: the more people hides their traces from the internet, the less suspicious it looks, when others, that might need it more than us, do it too. So, by using the intenet securely, you are doing a favour to both yourself and your comrades!

How should I protect myself when on Duk Op?

You may want to avoid that your name, email or IP address is connected to a specific place, group of activists or type of activity. Fortunately there is a good and easy-to-use tool that can help you with it! Its name is TOR (The Onion Router), and can be downloaded here: www.torproject.org

TOR is very simple to use: you unpack its compressed file, install it (Ubuntu and Linux users: no install needed), and click on the icon. TOR then launches a version of Mozilla Firefox, which is set up so that you can surf anonymously on the internet. This means that no one can see which websites you are visiting and, here on Duk Op, that no one can see that it is you, that is creating a certain event. You can read more about TOR on their homepage, but we can give you a couple of ideas on how you can use TOR on Duk Op.

Start creating a new email account while using TOR, which you can use to create a user on Duk Op. By creating a new email address and by NEVER logging into it without using TOR, no one can see who the person that sits behind the email address is. After you have created an email address, you can use it to create a new Duk Op user. Afterwards, when you log in to Duk Op via the TOR browser, you can make use of all the features that registered users have access to, without compromising your internet security.

Remember to read TOR's warning page.

Further reading material about online security and privacy