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21st Chaos Communication Congress
"The Usual Suspects"
December 27th to 29th, 2004
Berliner Congress Center, Berlin, Germany


The Chaos Communication Congress is an annually held, three-day conference by the Chaos Computer Club of Germany with a focus on technology and its effects on society. The upcoming event will take place from December 27th through 29th 2004 in Berlin, Germany.

Our motto for this year, 'The Usual Suspects', integrates lectures, workshops and discussions about current scientific and technological developments, new aspects of engineering research and sociological insights gathered from deployment of modern technology.

Three different tracks on all three days of the congress will be featuring far more than 80 events per day. These extensive lectures and workshops guarantee for information saturation.


We are looking for speakers who can preferably hold lectures and/or workshops in English or German. We are especially keen on lectures/workshops that fall into one of the following categories:


The 'Hacking' domain includes a range of topics dealing with technology, concentrating on current research with high technical merit. Traditionally, the majority of all talks held tend to be drawn from this domain.

Topics in this domain include but are in no way limited to: network and system insecurity, biometric systems, satellite take-over, creative use of VoIP, insecurities in GSM, etc.


The 'Science' domain deals with current or future objects of scientific research that have the potential to radically change our lives, be it basic research or conducted for the industry.

We are looking for talks and papers on the current state of the art in this domain, covering subjects such as nano technology, quantum computing, high frequency physics, bio technology, brain-computer interfaces, automated analysis of surveilance cctv, etc.


This domain deals with the state of society itself.

We are looking for a reality check and would love to hear about topics such as wire tapping laws, surveillance practices, social and legal aspect of autonomus systems and robots, analysis of snafuing industrial projects like the truck toll in Germany, effects of technology on kids, how nerds live in different cultures and countries, etc.


This domain deals with cultural mind expansion and subjects on the fringe of the technoverse. Examples would be 20 years of Cyberpunk, social structures and conflict resolution in Wikis and other Social Software, the culture of video games etc.


The Chaos Communication Congress invites developers, projects and activists to present themselves and their topics at the Congress. Developer groups are encouraged to ask for support to hold smaller on-site developer conferences and meetings in the course of the Congress.


The Chaos Communication Congress Proceedings are published online on the Internet. Only talks and presentation that were actually held will be published.

Audio and video recordings of each lecture will be published online as well in various formats. All material will be available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Germany license allowing free non-commercial redistribution of the material as long as the original credit to authors and publishers is retained.

Further Information

Since the Chaos Communication Congress is a non-profit oriented event, we are unfortunately unable to pay any fees. Help on the travel expenses is generally possible and is to be agreed upon after acceptance of the lecture/workshop. Low priced accomodation can be organised.

You can find the perliminary agenda at You will find also information on the registration procedure for participants here.

For further information and questions please feel free to contact


Lectures should be given in either English or German and should not exceed 60 minutes. This includes a question and answer section. Talking longer than an hour is possible if the topic legitimates it (please remark on submission). Workshops should include a talk on the basic principles and a practical hands-on section.

Submitters are asked to send their application to including at least the following information:

The deadline for submission is October 1st, 2004. Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail on November 1st, 2004 the latest. However, you may very well get your notification earlier than that. Final papers or slides are due by December 1st, 2004.


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