23C3: Who can you trust? (2006)

Lectures via DVB-T

If you have a DVB-T receiver for your computer don’t forget to bring it to 23C3 as we are about to broadcast locally all for lecture rooms via DVB-T this time. This is an experiment and is considered to be an additional way of broadcasting the lectures (we try to provide public TVs and IP Streaming).

We still have problems getting enough TV Sets for 23C3. If you have the option to borrow some sets or know of a source where we could lend 10 to 15 sets, [please let us know][3].

[3]: mailto:23c3-orga at cccv.de

Press accreditation is open

Professional members of the fourth estate who wish to cover the 23rd Chaos Communication Congress will have to apply for accreditation in advance, as every year. How can you get this accreditation?

If you would like to apply to our press list, please submit your name, your contact information, the name of your affiliated news source, and a scan of your media identification or press pass to 23c3-press at cccv.de. Additionally, we would like to know which topics you plan to cover. If you are a freelancer or a member of public interest groups, send us a short list of your recent articles.

Join us at the official press conference detailing this years’ schedule on Wednesday, December 27, from 9:30 to 10:15 am, in Room 2. Accredited journalists are also welcome to ask for interviews. See the guidelines for journalists for more information.

Fahrplan 0.3

We just published Fahrplan version 0.3. There are some minor changes due to special wishes of speakers. But the main difference are the workshops which are now visible in the Fahrplan. Have a look.

The Smoking Situation revisited

Nobody likes bans and regulations. Some people smoke at the Congress, some don’t. Almost all people hate the smell of cold smoke everywhere after four days at the Congress. So here we are again, asking you to understand and trying to make things acceptable for dislikers of bans and regulations, like ourselves. Here’s what we wrote last year:

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  Quite an issue last year. Smoking situation was so bad that even heavy smokers complained about the bad air. Of course, smoking is forbidden in the <a href="https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/wiki/Art_%26_Beauty">art&beauty-area</a>, the lecture halls and in the Hackcenter, as it was last year.
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Non Smoking Ashtray

But for the rings we want to improve the situation and discussed many suggestions in the last months.
As the technical solution for this problem is way to expensive for us – as nerds, we would prefer that of course – we had to find a social one. So here it is: We kindly ask everyone not to smoke in the building. If you really have to smoke, do so, but keep in mind that you show everyone that you are an addict with no sense of social behavior and someone might remind you on our social solution for the smoking situation. We hope you do understand.

Now for the good news: It worked last year, so we don’t see why it shouldn’t work this year, too. Almost everyone who had to went outside and the air was fine indoors. Although it might sound harsh to throw out people and have them bear with the arctic winter of Berlin (they don’t call it German Siberia for no reason!), smokers soon discovered something. There’s a grill just outside of the building with a vent blowing up nice warm air, making your cigarette break both nice and stylish. Basically, you’ll look like this:

A nice, warm vent

That said, thank you again for your understanding this year.

23C3 On TV in the Land of the Rising Sun

Blog TV in Japan shows an Interview with German mobile entrepreneur Jan Michael Hess. After some minutes of talking about mobile economy, they mention an event that captures the interest of the Japanese hosts: A hacker conference in Europe. They even learn something important: “Hackers are good people”. Watch it yourself (the interview is partly in English):

Blog TV has a page (in Japanese) that offers additional information. A nice piece that shows people are actually interested in the stuff we do in corners of the world where you wouldn’t expect it. Domo arigato!

The content of this blog posting is true.

Of course, the title of this blog posting is wrong.

This is the 23rd Chaos Communication Congress. For some of you, this number might ring a bell, in a Pavlovian sense that is. Apart from the fact that a 1998 film telling a story somehow connected to the CCC and the Cold War era hacker scene had the very title 23, this number is also related to Discordianism, a modern, chaos-based religion founded in either 1958 or 1959. It has been described as both an elaborate joke disguised as a religion, and as a religion disguised as an elaborate joke. Some of its followers make the claim that it is “a religion disguised as a joke disguised as a religion” (or “a joke disguised as a religion disguised as a joke disguised as…”). The Wikipedia article defines it rather nicely, yet it goes without saying that if you think that ALL religions are jokes, this of course makes Discordianism a dead-serious religion in its own right. Confused yet? Good.

Now, the easiest thing to do with such a number would be the obvious: Give the congress a motto from the Principia Discordia and let the inside jokes flow. So we didn’t. This year’s motto comes from the film Brazil. In one scene, the protagonist, a state official, cries out “Trust me!” while standing in front of a propaganda poster that asks “Who can you trust?”. Asking a question about trust is not only pretty much the most sensible thing you can do in these times of “trusted computing” and “trustworthy electronic voting”, having a question as a motto instead of giving answers is also the best way to deal with things in a discordian way. There’s probably no better motto for the 23C3. Trust us.

We have several talks on Discordianism this year. Autumn Tyr-Salvia, the person behind Discordian.com, will talk about “Culture Jamming & Discordianism”. From what you can read in her blog, she’s excited to come (and so are we to have her!):

I am an award winning public speaker and the proprietress of Discordian.com, so I think I’ll do ok. Still, it’s a little nerve-wracking to know that I’ll be speaking to half the hackers of Europe, many of whom have been Discordians since before I was born. Aieee!

Then there are a few talks in German. Berlin-based writers and thinkers Daniel Kulla and Oona Leganovic will talk about Critical Theory and Discordianism (“Chaos und Kritische Theorie: Adorno, Wilson und Diskordianismus“), putting the Frankfurt School in a ring with a rather well-known American novelist, essayist, philosopher, psychologist, futurologist, anarchist, and conspiracy theory researcher for some mind-changeing melee. The description to their talk really says it all: read through it and if you think you didn’t understand one word, read through it again.

Then there’s Andy Müller-Maguhn, long-time activist at the Chaos Computer Club, who will talk about the current state of the struggle between the Illuminati and the Discordians from a historical perspective (“Kritik an den Illuminaten zwischen 1787 und 2006: Der Stand der Auseinandersetzung zwischen Discordiern und Illuminaten“). The description to his talk really says it all: read through it and if you think you understood everything, read through it again.

Discordian thoughts may also pop up in other talks at 23C3. Going through the schedule may help you see this year’s fnords. We trust you to find them.