Numerous messages are streaming in asking me to write about and put out more content related to the notorious camp I just spent a week at. And while it is true I saw amazing things and met wonderful people, I refuse to do any further cheering as the internet has plenty of material about the inventions, parties, achievements, and so on.
At some point during the last days of the CCC the film crew asked me to stand in front of the camera and talk about how I saw the camp and the talk I was going to give. While I did say kind words about the things going on at this former soviet military base, I also took the opportunity to share my concern and disappointment about the level of social and global consciousness at such events.
While they love to discuss and worry about such societal topics as privacy and ownership, over the past year I have observed that hackers are not so in tune to other issues that involve human rights or global poverty.
They have a wealth of knowledge and access to amazing power as a result of their skills and equipment, yet focusing them on issues related to human rights is not often enough a priority… if ever. Lectures or discussions on related topics go significantly under attended compared to the full house you get if you talk about hacking something or how to build your own drone.
While this correlation might be seen as only natural to many, as someone who has witnessed first hand what such a group is capable of, I still get disappointed. Bringing various cultures together in the spirit of cooperation and knowledge sharing, that they have and it is great. Attempting to connect what you can do with a computer or technology with the needs of a world that is plagued by poverty, corruption, and indifference…(not including a minority working on very important social issues like voting computers and sustainability) there the hacking community could use a nice motivating kick in the ass.
One of the world’s largest and most notoriously crazy open air hacker camps is underway here in Germany, and as luck would have it, I’m here too! I am after all, an information-news hacker. This vlog entry contains clips from my first three days here, free of comment, with music by Calexico to tie them all together.
It is quite a site. Could there possibly be any gathering in the world that looks like this place? Glorious lighting that I watched until the sun started to come up, tents and caravans everywhere. Bunkers and hangars, from military installations to centers for hacktivism and fun. While many of us may be lacking sleep for most of these next few days, at the very least we won’t miss many moments of what is such an enjoyable and unforgettable creation.
Many may remember my participation at the Chaos Communications Congress last December, and what a unique and exciting event it was. Well this August I’ll once again be speaking at a CCC event, this time at the world infamous Chaos Communications Camp.
Whereas my previous talk was all about this thing I call podcast journalism and my theories surrounding it; this time it will have less to do with me and more to do with a special group of rebellious communicators. My talk is entitled “Rebellious Communication and the Federal Flood”; focusing on the work of New Orleans based or focused bloggers as watchdogs and reporters in the process of hurricane recovery.
I plan to spread the word about the work of great activists and concerned citizens who are using the internet to expose corruption, scrutinize badly laid plans, and ask the questions the traditional media are not. I’ll surely use some examples from my own experiences and reports from NOLA.
Unfortunately this year, despite being a speaker, neither my transport nor my entrance fee are covered. This means I shall seek the cheapest possible means to get to the former soviet military base and put myself into extreme poverty just to participate. Why? Because this camp is something rare and not to be missed in this life… who knows if Ill ever have another chance.