Underground, Hacktivism and Resistance - the CCC Experience (30C3)

Written by Erika Heidi on Friday January 3, 2014 - Permalink - Lang: eng - Tags: hacking, ccc, hamburg, assange, 30c3

Last week, from 26 to 30 of December, the 30th edition of Chaos Communication Conference (CCC) took place in Hamburg - Germany. I went to visit Hamburg accompanying my husband, who was going to the conference. At first, I didn't plan to join the conference, cause I had an idea that it would be way too far from my expertise areas (I ain't no hacker). But since they had day tickets available, after having a look at the schedule I was very curious and decided to join on Sunday (day 3) specially because of Julian Assange's talk.

  

To be very honest, I was extremely surprised as soon as I got there. Because it was HUGE. Many, many people - apparently not only hackers - more women than I ever saw in any IT event in my life, even children, and DOGS! How is that even possible?

Well, I'll tell you how: this is a community created on top of the contraculture, much bigger than any programming language community, amazingly diverse and dynamic. It's not only about hackers and security, it's much more than that - it's activism, resistance. Not only technical, but highly cultural and political - where you will find the people who are really concerned about what is being done with internet freedom. Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Claudio Guarnieri, Annie Machom - just some of the icons that fight for our privacy and human rights.

A huge event very well organized, streaming the talks in real time, and with translation! Four days of amazing talks and workshops, with many parallel activities and a crazy lounge with DJ's performing all day. And a regular ticket costs only 80 EUR. I can only say that I will definitely join the full conference next year, because it really worth it. Specially, these 4 talks amazed me in different ways:

Even More Tamagotchis Were Harmed in the Making of this Presentation, by Natalie Silvanovich

Natalie is pure awesomeness, and although I never had a tamagotchi, I was tempted to buy one just to hack it like she did. The talk goes deep in the Tamagotchi exploitation, and even if sometimes I couldn't understand anything on a slide, I know she did a great (and funny) job, and she is now an inspiration for me, as a speaker and as a woman on IT.

To Protect and Infect (pt 1), by Claudio Guarnieri and Morgan Marquis-Boire

This talk made me have a better notion of what is really happening on regards of internet surveillance. The dirty tricks they use to spy on people are much worse than the ones used by estereotyped hackers.

Sysadmins of the world, unite! , by Julian Assange and Jacob Appelbaum

The most crowded, the most expected talk at Day 3 of 30C3. Along with Jacob Appelbaum and Sarah Harrison, Assange came out from a Skype connection (using the unbelievable nickname "Bruce Willis") and talked about activism and resistance. What can I say about Assange? It will never be enough. Even under sabotage, Assange left a very important message to all of us, not only for sysadmins, but we, who "make the internet", we all have responsibility on the future of the Internet. Just watch the talk...

The Four Wars, by Annie Machon

Although Assange's talk was EPIC, this one, in my humble opinion, was the most inspiring and revealing talk I had the opportunity to watch at 30C3. It's that kind of thing that sounds almost obvious after you hear it, but you never had thought about it before. It's just 25 minutes - if you have some time, please watch :)

You can find some pictures in my Flickr :)

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