What I learned at Camp

by bicyclemark

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.

bm217 Emmanuel Goldstein On North Korea

by bicyclemark

The US government, in cooperation with the US media, have long attempted to convince everyone that North Korea is an insane country where people are all miserable and life is impossible. Emmanuel Goldstein of 2600.com, decided he needed to go there and see for himself what life is really like. I sat down with him during the Chaos Communication Camp outside Berlin and talked to him about the journey, the myths, and the lessons.

Listen to his journey on the 2600 website
Other media from the CCC

We Discuss:
– Motivation for going to NK
– Image that media and government have long pushed on us
– Arriving in Pyong-yang
– Security
– Poverty and Electricity
– Movement around the city
– Technology
– Contact with North Koreans
– Impressions of the US
– Myths Debunked
– The importance of such visits

Greetings from CCC – Nerd Camp

by bicyclemark

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.