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18 July 2007, 11:32

Strolling through a hacker camp's villages

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Preparations for the Chaos Communication Camp to be held next month near Berlin are ongoing, despite German home secretary Wolfgang Schäuble suggesting that participation in certain training camps would be criminalised. In addition to the official schedule of lectures, the campers, who will gather in thematic villages, will also hold their own events.

For instance, the Flying Objects Village caricatures current discussion on observation drones with an open source drone workshop and airshows to present various do-it-yourself projects. In the Privacy Village there are lectures on ineffective data retention efforts and the preparation of a demonstration scheduled for September. Those among the young generation of hackers with soldering skills will have the opportunity to construct a detector bracelet for RFID chips. There is also a "Pimp-my-TV-B-Gone Workshop" conducted by Mitch Altmann, the inventor of TV-B-Gone. The GSM Village presents the OpenMoko project and the GSM scanner; a project to demonstrate how mobile phones can be used as bugging devices.

The hackers on a plane commuting between Las Vegas and Finowfurt land in proper style, with a plane; they reside in Camp Anaconda, which plans to organise a hacker's paper chase. Hackers with an artistic disposition will feel comfortable in the Audio Village or in the Leiwand Ville. The Austrian guys want to emulate the laser graffiti project. Hopefully, this will not annoy the star watchers from the Astro Village. There will be villages representing various nations who want to offer hackers culinary delights or just want to chat with them about other countries’ current IT issues.

The Chaos Computer Camp will take place from August 8 to 12 in the Schorfheide near Berlin. Comparable to the annual Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin or the well-known Black Hat conferences, the conference schedule features round about 50 talks, workshops and projects on a variety of technology-related topics. Presale tickets, which are still available for a short time, cost between 100 and 135 Euros, camp-site tickets between 120 and 150 Euros. The organisers have also announced that DECT phones can be registered and used throughout the event, so make sure you pack your phone when you head off to the site.

(Detlef Borchers)


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