The Chaos Communication Congress is a conference organized annually by the CCC (Chaos Computer Club). The CCC has been around since 1984, and each year at the conference there are presentations and panels about security, cryptography and freedom of speech on the Internet.
This year the theme is “Gated Communities” and the keynote speaker is Fatuma Musa Afrah, who will be speaking about her experiences being displaced twice (from Somalia to Kenya and then from Kenya to Germany) and as a voluntary English teacher and professional refugee aid worker.
Some of the other interesting presentations include:
- Lifting the fog on Red Star OS: exploring the North Korean Linux-based operating system
- How the Great Firewall discovers hidden circumvention servers
- The Ultimate Amiga 500 Talk: Amiga hardware design and programming
- Running your 3G/3.5G network
- Public Library/Memory of the World
- The exhaust emissions scandal involving Volkswagen
- Hacking EU funding for a decentralizing FOSS project
- Software and business methods patents: call for action
- Let’s Encrypt: what launching a free Certificate Authority looks like
- Say hi to your new boss: how algorithms might soon control our lives
- The architecture of a street level panopticon
In 2013 at a previous conference, Glenn Greenwald was the keynote speaker and delivered an outstanding talk on the Snowden revelations and the importance of encryption and securing ourselves and our data online.
All of the presentations look great and there’s something for every developer to discover here.
If you’re a mobile developer you’ll definitely be interested in the discussions about hardware hacking. If you’re a free/open source developer you’ll want to know how to get more funding for projects and how to make sure your project’s security is top-notch.
If you’re a web developer, your interests will include HTTPS and Let’s Encrypt and the way that algorithms control our lives.
There’s really a lot going at the Chaos Communication Congress. You can view the conference schedule here.