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Inhaltsverzeichnis 2009 Call for Proposals

Friday May 22nd through Sunday May 24th, 2009

Komed, Im Mediapark, Cologne, Germany

Important Dates

  • CFP Submission Deadline March 27th, 2009
  • Early Acceptance Notifications March 29th, 2009
  • Presenter Notification by April 19th, 2009
  • Schedule finalized by May 1st, 2009

Purpose and Scope

SIGINT is a conference on discourse in the digital age, brought to you by the Chaos Computer Club, one of the biggest and most influential hacker organizations in Europe. Its stated purpose is to bring together, surprise, and enlighten those interested in playful and clever interactions with computers, networks, art, politics, and society. SIGINT is about participation and making the world a better place. The conference takes place in Cologne, Germany, in close proximity to the Ruhr area in Western Germany and not far from the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg.

The name SIGINT stands for intelligence-gathering by interception of signals in the world of secret services and should also be immediately recognized as short for "signal interrupt" by Unix geeks -- just grep for SIGINT in /usr/include/asm/signal.h in your Linux source. No matter what angle you look at it from, SIGINT the conference is about meaningful signals in the stream of information, about what is relevant and what is entropy and chaos.

SIGINT will feature invited talks, keynotes, and performances. Discussions and workshops will get every participant involved throughout the day. However, we also want you to contribute your ideas for talks and send in your submissions!

Each of the three days of SIGINT has a theme. Submissions should be related to one of the themes.

Day 1: Control and Surveillance

We would love to hear about international security architectures and the emerging "Homeland Security Industrial Complex" in the EU, deep packet inspection at ISPs, Internet censorship, crowd control and surveillance technology, philosophical reflections on the shift from the disciplinary society to the society of control, data retention, and state repression. The first day is on the state of society and its tendencies of control.

Day 2: Pranks, Bugs, and Insecurities

We want submissions on the hacking of and interventions in urban spaces, anonymity and pseudonymity hacks, creative pranks for your computer and those of others, embarrassing security holes, hacktivism, and safe havens for hackers and pirates. The second day is the antithesis to the first day and celebrates deviants in society with their tactics and lifestyles against the current mainstream idea of security.

Day 3: The Future of Everything

We want to hear about promising and disturbing visions of the future, from genetic hacking to the post-copyright society, 3D printers, new forms of democracy, the changing roles of privacy and individuality, robots and human rights, and a critique of the current economy. The third day concludes the conference. We are interested in answers to pressing problems, but we also want to hear new questions asked.

Proposal Submission

All proposals must be submitted online using our online lecture submission system at Please follow the instructions given there. If you have any questions regarding your submission, feel free to contact us at but do NOT submit your lecture via e-mail.

Please make sure to include the following information in your submission:

  • Your name or a handle or pseudonym if you would like to be referred to by that instead of your real name on our website and publications.
  • A title for your proposal.
  • A brief biography of you or your group as it pertains to your work.
  • The theme of the day your proposal is related to
  • A picture of yourself
  • Brief description/abstract explaining in detail what you will be performing or presenting on. 150 WORDS OR LESS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • A more verbose explanation of your topic
  • Any additional A/V needs you may have over and above what we provide
  • A reliable email address that you can be reached at

Conference languages are German and English. We will provide interpretation services, so please hand in your submission in the language you feel most comfortable in.

Venue and Facilities

SIGINT takes place at the Komed conference center at Cologne's Mediapark. Beautifully located next to a lake, the Mediapark is in the center of the city. Two modern buildings offer space for presentations and room for ideas.

The main presentation spaces will each be equipped with at least the following equipment/accessibility:

  • A laptop computer (you may bring your own if you like)
  • LCD projector with a standard VGA input (Note to Mac users: please bring a converter)
  • Projection screen or sheet
  • Whiteboard and markers or other appropriate writing surface
  • Microphone and audio line-in as well as small PA system
  • A video and audio recording of your presentation
  • At least one power outlet for your use

If you have a need for something not listed above, make sure to let us know in your proposal. We can likely provide most A/V equipment if it's necessary.

Notification of Acceptance and Reimbursements

Presenters will be notified by April 19th 2009.

SIGINT is a non-profit oriented event and speakers are not paid. However, financial help on travel expenses and accommodation is possible. It needs to be agreed upon after acceptance of the submission though. Don't be shy and state your requirements in the application when submitting your lecture and we'll work something out!

You can find the preliminary agenda and additional information on our website at

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