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„Das ist Netzpolitik!“-Konferenz am 7. Oktober in Berlin

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Fight for your digital rights!

Am 7. Oktober 2016 findet zum dritten Mal in Berlin die „Das ist Netzpolitik!“-Konferenz von statt. Im Maschinenhaus der Kulturbrauerei geben 32 Sprecherinnen und Sprecher ein Update über die aktuell wichtigsten netzpolitischen Debatten in Deutschland, Europa und der Welt. Abends gibt es an einem anderen Ort die Party zum zwölften Geburtstag von mit Kommentarlesung, einem Netzpolitik-Quiz und diversen DJs.

Auf der Bühne der eintägigen Konferenz steht ein kleines Who-is-Who der netzpolitisch Aktiven, die nicht nur einen Einblick in viele wichtige Debatten wie Urheberrechtsreform, Netzneutralität, Überwachung, Störerhaftung und Co. geben, sondern auch gleich dazu Hinweise liefern, was die Politik machen könnte, um Probleme zu lösen. Zu den
Sprecherinnen und Sprechern gehören Markus Beckedahl, Anna Biselli, Ulf Buermeyer, Kirsten Fiedler, Nele Heise, Thomas Lohninger, Constanze Kurz, Julia Reda, Peter Schaar, Max Schrems, Jeremie Zimmermann und viele weitere.

Abends gibt es ab 21 Uhr die Geburtstagsparty zu zwölf Jahre Der Ort in Berlin-Kreuzberg wird zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt bekanntgegeben. Teilnehmer der Konferenz haben freien Eintritt, neue Gäste zahlen sechs Euro (plus Spendenmöglichkeit).

Tickets für die Konferenz gibt es zum Preis von fünfzig Euro und zwanzig Euro für Ermäßigungsberechtigte (Studierende, Schüler, Empfänger von Arbeitslosengeld/Hartz4). Ein spezielles Aktivisten-Ticket gibt es zum Preis von fünfzehn Euro für alle, die sich ehrenamtlich für digitale Grundrechte einsetzen.

Die „Das ist Netzpolitik!“-Konferenz wird von veranstaltet und freundlicherweise von der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, dem Chaos Computer Club, Wikimedia Deutschland und Mozilla gefördert.

Call for Participation (EN): 32nd Chaos Communication Congress

Monday, September 14th, 2015
32C3 — 32nd Chaos Communication Congress
December 27th through 30th 2015, CCH, Hamburg, Germany

The Event

The Chaos Communication Congress is the annual symposium and hacker party of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). During four days between Christmas and New Years Eve, thousands of hackers, technology freaks, artists and utopians get together in Hamburg to communicate, learn from each others, and party together. We focus on topics such as information technology, digital security, making and breaking, and we engage in creative, sceptical discourse on the interaction between technology and society.

We’d love to see your submission for these tracks:

  • Failosophy
  • Art & Culture
  • Ethics, Society & Politics
  • Hardware & Making
  • Security
  • Science

Apart from the official conference program, the Chaos Communication Congress also offers space for community assemblies, developer and project meetings, art installations, lightning talks and numerous workshops.



LOLWTF was yesterday. Today we learn from failures – both our own and those of others.

Failures are frowned upon and we don’t talk much about them. We’d rather cover something up, than to speak about it and share it. Many developers – regardless of whether their software is open-source or proprietary – don’t talk about their failures. This needs to change. Open-source developers who work on projects that affect everybody are usually ridiculed and criticized whenever security vulnerabilities are published. This doesn’t just hurt the community, but also the backers of the projects.

Software errors are unavoidable. This track is dedicated to those who have experience with failures, so that others can learn from their mistakes and experiences. Please speak about your shipwrecked projects and about your failures – you will be the bravest participants the event.

Art & Culture

One can create art and beauty with any technology, including computers. This track awaits submissions that address, from an artistic perspective, the societal changes and contradictions caused by computers, the internet, robots and general digitalization.

We’re open to lectures that include art installations, performances, concerts, readings, etc., that involve past, contemporary or upcoming technologies.

Ethics, Society & Politics

We’re looking forward to submissions which (without citing Deleuze) address present and future societal, ethical and political questions that arise from the technologization and digitalization of all aspects of life. What will the future bring? Which commercial and political interests are in the way of a utopia worth living?

Any activistic, fantastical, solidary and commerce-free ideas and concepts are welcome here.

Hardware & Making

This track is all about developing and creatively using things that allow the digital to make a physical impression. Reverse engineers, microcontroller developers and quantum physicists are all very welcome. Decapped smart cards and system-on-chips, sanded-down PCBs and reverse-engineered firmware should feel right at home, next to the cocktail-mixing 3D-printer and the hidden nuclear reactor you are secretly operating in your basement. The focus is on all kinds of hardware design, the expansion and liberation of proprietary system, getting your hands dirty – and of course rockets!


For this track we would like to request submissions that show how hardware and software can be made either more secure or less secure. If you want to share your discoveries with thousands of fellow security enthusiasts, if you have developed new solutions to previously unsolved problems or if you have found new problems which we knew nothing about, then this is the right track for you. But remember: If you break it, you fix it.


We have science to thank for our blinking computers, but not just that – nearly all progress in society and technology is facilitated by science in one way or another. This track features talks that look into progress from a scientific point of view and evaluate what has been achieved by science, whether it happened in research institutions, in universities, or in your backyard.

Besides topics in the social sciences, such as the history of secret services, research of alternative coexistence or economies, we are also interested in pressing questions of humanity’s growing need for energy, drug-resistant pathogens or access to drinking water. Furthermore, the big questions are also relevant: Are we alone in the universe? How does life work? How do I detect an infinite loop?

Submission guidelines

For talks

Please send us a description of your suggested talk that is as complete as possible. The description is of particular importance for the selection, so please ensure that it is as clear as possible. Quality comes before quantity. Due to the non-commercial nature of the event, presentations which aim to market or promote commercial products or entities will not be entertained.

As it is likely that there will be multiple submissions on the same topic, please show us exactly why your talk should be part of the conference. Remember that the teams are diversely staffed, and not every reviewer knows every submitter and their background. Please write something about yourself, your environment and your motivation. It does not matter if the talk has been held at another conference somewhere on this planet, as long as it is up to date and relevant.

Talks should be either 45 minutes long plus 15 minutes for questions and answers or 20 minute long plus 10 minutes for questions and answers. Longer slots are possible in principle. Please tell us the proposed length of your talk at the time of submission.

For lightning talks

In addition, there are 5 minute short talks (so-called Lightning Talks) for small ideas, projects, or rants. These will only be organised during the event. A formal submission upfront is not required, but they will be collected in a wiki again.

For projects, installations, workshops and other fun stuff

A formal submission not required. There will be a wiki again where requirements for space and other resources will be kept track of. Simply start considering already now what you would like to make, bring or show, and write it down once the wiki goes online. We are open to crazy and surprising stuff.

For Assemblies

Assemblies are places where communities around a certain interest can meet and represent the core of the congress. They are comparable to villages at the Chaos Communication Camp. The assemblies are organized in the public wiki.


Although the Chaos Communication Congress is an international event and a lot of content is being presented in English, this year there will again be a translation team that will simultaneously translate most German talks into English. So if you are not completely comfortable with presenting in English, please present your lecture in German. Please also use the language of your presentation for its title, so as not to confuse any visitors.


Audio and video recordings of the lectures will be published online in various formats under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Germany (CC-BY 4.0 DE) license. This license allows commercial use of excerpts by media institutions as part of their reporting. If you do not wish for material from your lecture to be published or streamed, please let us know in your submission.

Note: As German law (and therefore the license) might differ from the law of your country, please let us know if you should have any issues or questions regarding the exact implications. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a perfect translation.

Travel, costs & visa

The Chaos Communication Congress is a non-commercial event where neither the organisers nor the speakers are being paid. As a speaker you get free admission though. If necessary, we are able to provide limited support for travel costs and accommodation. If you need help applying for a visa, such as an official invitation to present to a German embassy, please let the content team know well in advance. Please be aware that the visa application procedure may take up to six weeks.

Dates & deadlines

  • September 30th, 2015 (23:59 UTC): Deadline for
  • November 16th, 2015: Notification of
  • December 27th – 30th, 2015: 32nd Chaos Communication Congress

Online submissions only

All submissions of lectures have to be entered into our conference planning system, which is located at the following URL:

Please follow the instructions there. If you have any questions regarding the submission, you are welcome to contact us via mail at 32c3-content(at)

Towards a greener CCCamp?

Friday, August 21st, 2015

When in this years’ camp’s opening ceremony hukl noticed that the on-ground generators actually are a little embarrassing for the hacker’s scene and the camp should in fact be self-sustaining, he struck an important chord: If not even the self-proclaimed tech elite is able to power its festival without burning fossiles, the IT-revolution will never be a very green one.

And it got us thinking where most of the electricity is spent on site (we will leave out central infrastructure for now), and we guess we’re basically heating wires and transformator coils. If we can eliminate on-tent demand for those power-consumers, we can get rid of miles of extension cords, inefficient chargers and most important: the noisy and smelly generators.

The average participant needs power to charge phone and notebook, illuminate the tent and it’s surroundings, play music and refrigerate beers or (baby) milk. None of this actually needs AC power.


After being thunderstruck at CCCamp15, via „powlpaul“

  • Ultrabright LEDs lasting a week on an off-the-shelf power brick are dead cheap by now and from our experience even need some shades to be comfortable.
  • Looking ahead four years to the next camp, an average notebook computer may even run on the power you brought in its battery from home – we’re not so sure about your smart phone, though ;). However, there’s no need to have everyone re-convert the 230 V we just transverted, back down to 5 V, when we can just provide USB outlets powered by Power walls or their future competitors. They could be pre-charged with solar power and neatly distributed around the camp ground.
  • Laptops and other devices that do not last a whole camp might also be charged&locked at central charging stations. Since virtually all chargers convert to DC, an exhaustive set of plugs and a variable regulator can take care of all devices, including your power bricks.
  • For the day to day refrigerating needs, one or some centralized cooling sources helps saving energy, as well. A coin locker system where each slot can take a six pack of beer will surely do.
  • There is a whole tinkerer scene building urban sound systems running on batteries that fit in a child’s waggon. We doubt you can’t find a way to annoy everyone around you with loud 90ies techno without a wall plug socket.
  • Other festivals offer deposits returned if you return you trash. We might do the same with power, if you feed clean energy into our grid. Maybe you can have your toddlers walk in a treadmill?
  • If you manage to operate your whole village infrastructure without our electricity, you will be placed on the glorious environmental heroes list.

We have not yet fully explored, how to improve our central infrastructure in NOC, lecture halls and sanitary installations. More aspects and ideas that might help reduce our environmental impact are welcome in the comments.

While it might seem unrealisticly to operate the whole CCCamp 2019 independently of external and fossile energy sources, we can at least challenge ourselves to dedicate half or even more of the camp site DC and generator free and be a good example not only to outdoor festivals.

Do you have thoughts on that?


Bus Transit from Camp to Gransee and vice versa

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

English version below.

Es gibt nun endlich genauere Informationen zu den Fahrzeiten des Bustransits Gransee <-> Camp. Diese haben wir hier veröffentlicht:

Um die Fahrtkosten zu decken, wird um einen freiwilligen Beitrag von ungefähr drei Euro gebeten. Diese kann am Eingang am dafür vorgesehenen Tisch entrichtet werden. Danke!

Achtung: Die Busse fahren nur in eine Richtung!


There are finally more information on the timetables of the transit busses Gransee <-> Camp. We have published them here:

To cover the travel expenses you will be asked for a donation of about three euros. It can be paid at the designated table located somewhere around the entrance. Thanks!

Attention: The busses only drive one-way!

Sat June 20th: day of deadlines :)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

It’s getting June, and August is coming fast. If you are not already totally into the planning of your village, we recommend to invite for planning meetings right now! We need your final numbers, ideas and plans in two weeks already!

1. Fill out and complete the village form!

Please note that we made some changes to the first version, so please re-check your entries! One important change is an unlucky wording: There is not the option of having „public“ bars or kitchen as in „you can sell things to the public“. With that question we tried to find out if you are providing space at your village for others (the „public“) to hang around.

2. Decide what you want to rent!

You can rent tents with wooden floors, which will be ready to move in by your time of arrival. If you want to have chairs and tables at your village, you can get them from us, too. Tents come in different sizes and variants, check the wiki for details. Please send an email with tent size, number of chairs and tables and your billing address to camp2015-orga(at) until June, 20th.


Grundrechte-Report 2015

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Grundrechte-Report 2015

Grundrechte-Report 2015

Auch in diesem Jahr wird wieder der Bericht zur Lage der verfassungsmäßig garantierten Bürger-, Grund- sowie Menschenrechte in Deutschland vorgestellt: der Grundrechte-Report 2015. Zum nunmehr 19. Mal haben acht Bürgerrechtsorganisationen den sog. „alternativen Verfassungsschutzbericht“ zusammengestellt, der von Constanze Kurz vorgestellt wird, am:

Freitag, 22. Mai 2015, um 11 Uhr,
in Karlsruhe,
Schlosshotel, Bahnhofplatz 2.

Die Schwerpunkte des Grundrechte-Reports 2015, in dem die Mängel bei der Durchsetzung der Grundrechte anhand von Beispielen, aber auch als Grundsatzfragen für das Berichtsjahr 2014 diskutiert werden, sind:

  • der NSA-BND-Komplex, technisierte Überwachung, Auswüchse der Praktiken der Geheimdienste und deren unzureichende Kontrolle durch die Politik,
  • die Freiheit des Glaubens und des Gewissens,
  • gewalttätige Polizei,
  • Flüchtlingspolitik, Freizügigkeit, Abschiebepraxis und Residenzpflicht sowie
  • deutsche Mitwirkung an völkerrechtswidrigen Drohnenangriffen.

„Grundrechte-Report 2015. Zur Lage der Bürger- und Menschenrechte in Deutschland.“
Herausgeber: T. Müller-Heidelberg, E. Steven, M. Pelzer, M. Heiming, H. Fechner, R. Gössner, Holger Niehaus und Martin Stößel, 256 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-596-03288-4, Fischer Taschenbuch-Verlag, Juni 2015. Preis 10,99 €.

Capture the Flag on 31C3

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Dear Congress Visitors,

For the 3rd time during CCC you can take part in the CTF competition, proving you are a worthy hacker. Grab a bunch of friends and knock on our ports, smash some stacks, corrupt some heaps and get yourself some shells. Servers are expecting your exploits from Dec. 27 at 21h00 CET for 48 consecutive hours.

The CTF will be in “jeopardy style”, requiring no setup on your part and it will be open to everyone, online or on-site. Register your team at and visit our assembly to bribe us with beer or mate. There will be a couple of easier challenges, so if you have never played before, this is the time!

Good luck and have fun!

31C3 Lightning Talks

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Did you think that the thrill of sharing your ideas in front of a huge audience at a C3 was something you’d never do? Do you work on a cool project and want to get the word out? Was your talk one of the hundreds that got rejected? Did you come up with an awesome hack that you need to share? Well, you’re in luck because there will be Lightning Talks at 31C3.

Taking place at 12:45 on Days 2, 3 and 4, these fast paced sessions are perfect for pitching new software or hardware projects, exploits, creative pranks or strange ideas you need to get out to a global audience. Even if you don’t have an awesome idea or project to share, a Lightning Talk is perfect for pitching your self organized session, assembly, or even a longer talk you’ll give at the speaker’s corner.

There will even be a special 180 second express round for those of you who don’t need fancy slides or a full five minutes to share your ideas.

Registration is now open for the Lightning Talk sessions at the 31C3. Act fast to reserve your slot. The last couple of times, lightning talk slots filled up on Day 1, so better hurry!

More Lightning talk information can be found at

The submission form is at:


“Vortrag auf dem Congress? Ich? Keine Chance.” Glaubst Du das? Arbeitest Du an einem coolen Projekt und willst es unter die Leute bringen? Wurde Dein Vortrag abgelehnt? Hast Du einen großartigen Hack, an dem Du uns teilhaben lassen willst? Glück gehabt, denn es gibt die Lightning Talks auf dem 31C3!

An den Tagen 2, 3 und 4 geht es um 12:45 Uhr los mit den Sessions, es dreht sich alles um neue Hardwareprojekte, Exploits, kreativen Unfug oder merkwürdige Ideen – vor einem weltweiten Publikum! Und auch wenn Du kein cooles Projekt vorstellen, sondern lieber eine interessante selbstorganisierte Session, ein Assembly oder einen längeren Vortrag in der Speaker’s Corner ankündigen willst, bist Du hier an der richtigen Adresse.

Es gibt sogar eine Extrarunde mit 180-Sekunden-Express-Vorträgen, wenn fünf Minuten Dir zu lang sind.

Die Anmeldung läuft, also registriere jetzt schnell Deinen Lightning Talk für den 31C3! Die letzten Male waren die Slots an Tag 1 schon voll, schnell sein lohnt sich also!

Das Programm und mehr Informationen zu den Lightning Talks gibt es unter:

Einen Talk einreichen kannst Du hier:

Von Patent-Trollen und indischem Reis

Monday, June 30th, 2014

patent wars

Mit Patenten verbindet man gemeinhin die Namen bedeutender Erfinder wie Thomas Alva Edison oder Alexander Bell. So ging es auch Filmemacherin Hannah Leonie Prinzler. In ihrem Dokumentarfilm The Patent Wars will sie das Patentwesen genauer erforschen und stößt auf eine bizarre Parallelwelt, in der vor allem die Gesetze des gefürchteten “Marktes” gelten.

Ausgangspunkt ist die Frage, warum Teile unserer Gene patentiert werden können. Mit ihrer Kamera macht sich Prinzler auf in die vermeintliche Papierwüste verschiedener nationaler Patentsysteme und begibt sich auf eine Reise um die halbe Welt, um mit den Menschen zu reden, die von den Patentkriegen profitieren, aber auch denen, die darunter zu leiden haben. Rund zwanzig Prozent der menschlichen Gene waren in den USA bereits patentiert und konnten somit nur noch von den Rechteinhabern wirtschaftlich genutzt werden, beispielsweise um Tests zur frühzeitigen Krebsdiagnose anzubieten. Erst im Juni 2013 – also während der Dreharbeiten zu “The Patent Wars” – setzte ein Beschluss des Supreme Court diesem Treiben ein Ende.

Bei den Dreharbeiten zu “The Patent Wars” stößt Prinzler auf vermeintlich innovative Patente, die jedoch jahrhundertealte Yoga-Posen oder Reissorten lizenzieren wollen, auf Creative-Commons-Autoschrauber, auf Mobiltelefone, die von tausenden Patentschriften umzingelt sind, auf Anleitungen für Patent-Trolle und strategisch plazierte “intelligente Bomben” in Form von perfide formulierten “patent claims”. All das formt sie zu einem spannenden und zugleich informativen Film, der nachdenklich macht, aber auch komische Momente hat.

“The Patent Wars” wagt den Einblick in ein Patentelabyrinth, das irgendwann aus dem Ruder gelaufen ist und schon längst alles andere als innovations- und gesellschaftsfördernd ist, sondern vielmehr Erfinder und Start-ups ausbremst und Länder der Dritten Welt dazu verdammt, teure, veraltete oder eben keine Medikamente zur Verfügung zu haben und mehr Lizenzgebühren an Firmen aus Erstweltstaaten zu zahlen, als Entwicklungshilfe ins Land fließt.

Den Film gibt es in Deutsch und Englisch. Und das Beste ist: Am Dienstagabend um 22.55 Uhr wird die Fernsehversion von “The Patent Wars” auf arte ausgestrahlt und ist danach auch (bis zur Depublizierung) in der arte-Mediathek zu finden. Es ist eine ästhetisch anspruchsvolle Doku, die übrigens auch durch die zauberhafte Stimme der Filmemacherin besticht.

Wer sich diesen Film nicht anschaut, ist selber schuld! :}


Illustration von Ephemeral Scraps

Fahrplan Sneak

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The final 30c3 schedule is going to be late, we know… however, please stay tuned, as it’s still work in progress, and we can promise the Fahrplan will be awesome!

We’d like to tell you about some of the security highlights at 30c3. There are three major groups of interest this year:

  1. Cryptography
  2. Hardware & Embedded Device Security
  3. Software & Protocol Reverse Engineering

First, let’s start with a cryptography highlight: Nadia Heninger, Tanja Lange and Daniel J. Bernstein will be presenting “This Year in Crypto”. They will cover stuff that was broken before and continues to be broken again and again. The talk will also cover the coming Cryptopocalyps, backdoors in cryptographic implementations and the authors’ worries and concerns in regard to crypto in general. It’s worth mentioning that they initially recommended that their talk should be part of the Art & Beauty Track, since crypto is beautiful (and finessing crypto is an art).

Another cryptographic highlight this year is a lecture by Dmitry Khovratovich who’s going to talk about White-Box Cryptography. He’s going to explain the differences between White-Box & Public-Key Cryptography and obfuscation. This will include an overview of the white-box crypto concept along with the most common applications and proposed designs.

The Hardware & Embedded Security track will also feature several noteworthy lectures this year. Due to the outstanding quality of the submissions, it’s difficult to mention just a handful of talks. However, we’d like to highlight the following ones:

Console Hacking 2013 – It’s the year of the Wii U. This talk will cover improvements made in the architecture over previous console generations. Still, its security system was completely bypassed, and the authors will show how the Wii U was broken in less than 31 days. You’ll be able to reproduce all of the presented attacks at home – if you bring basic knowledge of embedded systems and CPU architectures.

Staying on the topic of Embedded Security and Embedded Privacy, Martin Herfurt will be presenting his research on Hybrid broadband broadcast TV (HbbTV). This is the new de-facto standard, which is currently being rolled out around the world. This new standard raises several security and privacy concerns. Martin will cover the emerging standard and how to deal with those security & privacy concerns.

Dr. Peter Laackmann will be covering the last 25 years of smartcard hacking (in German). This will be a rather entertaining talk with many crazy IC analysis techniques that you don’t want to miss – even if you’re not that much into technical details of chip-card hacking (or German).

As already mentioned, there is a substantial number of excellent hardware-security related talks this year. To keep the blog post short, here are just a few more that deserve to be mentioned:

  • Ralf P. Weinmann will talk about Hexagon Challenges: Baseband Exploitation in 2013,
  • Dmitry Nedospasov will be presenting his approaches on physical attacks of ICs’ backsides,
  • Adrian Dabrowski is going to introduce you to the RFID Treehouse of Horror, and how to hack city-wide access control systems.

Though it’s difficult to categorize the remaining submissions, they include Software and Protocol Reverse Engineering as well as any remaining software security related topics.

Jan Schejbal and his colleagues reverse engineered one of the implementations of the CHIASMUS cipher, designed by the BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik). This work will not only reveal insights on the non-public CHIASMUS-cipher, but also uncover serious implementation issues in the “official” GSTOOL. The implementation issues allow an attacker to crack files that have been encrypted with GSTOOL with very little effort.

Also worth mentioning: Collin Mulliner’s “Dynamic Dalvik instrumentation of Android Applications and the Android framework” as well as Andreas “Bogk’s Bug Class Genocide”. Ilja van Sprundel will try to debunk the greatness of a well known open-source project: the X11 or code.

See you at 30c3!

30c3 Security team