Assemblies – it’s about time!

tl;dr register your assembly asap

We’ll have a huge chunk of an exhibition hall for the Assemblies with nearly three times the space as there was in Hamburg. To transform a faceless and boring exhibition hall into a cosy, hacky, welcoming and inspirational place, we need you!

Over the last years the concept of Assemblies was constantly evolving and changing. With our move to Leipzig, there are new challenges and opportunities. In this huge space, Assemblies, people and groups will gather around different subjects, interests and competences. These will be represented by “Chaos Competence Centers.”

A Chaos Competence Center is a structure very much like a village at Chaos Communication Camps: The usual Chaos where Assemblies blend into each other and everyone cares.

Chaos Competence Centers can provide stages, workshop spaces, shared areas and cosy places to talk, discuss or chill, and much more – only your imagination is the limit! For a start, some bigger groups went ahead to form Chaos Competence Centers. They evolve around a subject, but are by no means limited to it:
“The Hive” will gather machines that fabricate anything out of digital bits and real materials; “Chaos West” will gather all objects that move over the floor, they even have a huge test track for your motorized couch; Freifunk will be bigger than ever – expect many more Chaos Competence Centers!

If your assembly covers similar topics and interests as one of the existing Chaos Competence Centers, please attach and join! Also, please feel free to create your own Chaos Competence Center and let gravity do its work to catch more assemblies, we’re curious!

Besides these Chaos Competence Centers, there will be a lot of space for your very own ideas and projects; have fun and let others participate in what you’re doing!

empty hall
The exhibition hall is an empty field where we’d love to see areas growing, spaces and places for things and people – we want to see rooms spawning where you place furniture and tools, host workshops and even provide stages next to them. As long as you meet the technical regulations of the Messe Leipzig (PDF) you can bring and build literally everything in there. (tl;dr tech specs: Max. 30qm² continuous ceiling, everything “B1 flame resistant”, maximum height 4.5m, no two-story buildings with both floors accessible by people, if in doubt: ask!!)

Certainly we’ll provide some tables and chairs “as usual” for all Assemblies who don’t want or can’t build big infrastructures and focus more on meet-up and work together on projects.

Due to the fact that this year all the assemblies will be sharing one big hall, there will be some challenges: light and noise. So if you plan to bring very bright or very noisy stuff, please keep in mind that there will be a couple of thousand people in the same room with you!

Leave the floodlights and Disco PAs at home, think about low ambient light design or table-spot-lights for hardware-hacking and be creative about noise pollution – you might also try concepts such as “silent disco”, DECT, rad1o or FM transmitted talks/workshops. Be prepared not to run your loud machines while your neighbors wanna run a workshop or host a talk. Dampening noise and blocking light pollution can also be accomplished by creating walls – from fabric or other materials; be creative! Transforming this huge hall into a maze of cozy corners is our quest for this year’s congress!

**We can’t wait to see the huge space busy and full – also we’re curious to see your living room, workshop and hackspace on this empty field.

So now it’s up to you: Register your Assembly now, tell us what you want to bring, build and do!

Call for Papers: CryptoCon16 – Patch Me If You Can

(English version below)

Vom 19. bis 22. lädt der Leipziger Hackerspace sublab e. V. sowie das Bündnis Privatsphäre Leipzig e. V. zur CryptoCon161 in die Räumlichkeiten im Westwerk in Leipzig-Plagwitz ein. Dieses Jahr unter dem Motto “Patch me if you can!” beschäftigen wir uns zum vierten mal vier Tage lang mit:

  • Kryptografie
  • praktische Verschlüsselung
  • dezentrale Kommunikationsstrukturen
  • Rechts- und Regulierungsfragen in der digitalen Gesellschaft
  • Datenschutz
  • Privatsphäre
  • offene Hardware
  • Hacktivism
  • Angriffszenarien auf IT- und Kommunikationssysteme * Sichheitslösungen und -protokolle

Seit den Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden im Jahr 2013 werden die schlimmsten Befürchtungen was staatliche und geheimdienstliche Überwachung angeht, mit schöner Regelmäßigkeit bestätigt oder übertroffen. Private Firmen stellen ihre immensen Datensammlungen, angelegt mit Zustimmung der Nutzer, sehr oft bereitwillig zur Verfügung oder werden in die Rolle zu Hilfssheriffs in gesetzlichen Grauzonen gedrängt.
Oft wurde versprochen, das sich ab sofort all dies ändern werde, oft sollte der Sache auf den Grund gegangen werden. Passiert bisher: Nichts.
Schlimmer noch, anstatt die Geheimdienste einer grundlegenden Reform zu unterziehen, eine wirksame staatliche Kontrolle einzurichten, die Zusammenarbeit mit den Diensten der USA einzustellen, private Datensammlungen ernsthaft zu regulieren, werden nicht nur alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger, sondern JEDE*R der in Bundesrepublik elektronisch kommuniziert in Zukunft noch stärker überwacht werden. Mit der Einführung der Mindestspeicherfrist (ab 2017) in Deutschland und dem fortgesetzten Ausnahmezustand in Frankreich, der die demokratische Auffassung des Rechtsstaates weiter erodiert, ist ein Ende staatlicher Überwachungsmaßnahmen in Europa nicht absehbar.

Wir laden alle Menschen ein, Teil der CryptoCon16 werden, um sich kreativ, kritisch, aufklärend, erläuternd oder berichtend mit dieser Thematik auseinanderzusetzen. Wir möchten dazu anregen Kunstinstallationen, Vorträge, Workshops, Präsentations- und Diskussionsideen, sowie Kunstprojekte und Performances einzureichen. Sendet dafür, bitte bis 15. März 2016, 23:59 CET, eine kurze Beschreibung eures Beitrages und der Zeit, die ihr dafür veranschlagt, an cryptocon bei sublab punkt org oder tragt euch direkt in unser Konferenzplanungssystem1 ein.

Vorab einen Eindruck von der Veranstaltung bekommen kann man durch die in den letzten Jahren aufgezeichneten Videos[2][3]4.

1 Projekt einreichen
2 CryptoCon15
3 CryptoCon 14
4 CryptoCon 13

For the the fourth time Leipzig Hackerspace sublab e.V. and Bündnis Privacy Leipzig e.V. invite everybody to our security conference CryptoCon16 themed “Patch me if you can”. Ehe event will take place from May 19 until May 22, 2016, at our location in Leipzig-Plagwitz (Westwerk).
For four days, we will focus on:

  • cryptography
  • practical approaches to encryption
  • decentralized communication infrastructure
  • law and administrative questions
  • privacy
  • open hardware
  • hacktivism
  • attacks on IT and communication systems
  • security solutions and protocols

In 2013 Edward Snowdens uncoverings made our worst nightmares come true. Federal and Intelligence surveillance these days even outperforms our most pessimistic predictions.
Private companies housing tremendous amounts of data, of collected with users conscent. Legal limbo often makes them becoming sheriffs deputy, when request by government agency come in.
We were promised, that all this was about to change, one will get to the bottom of it. But as of now: Nothing happened. Nothing changed.
Even worse, instead of making the intelligence agencies subject to massive reforms, build up an effective federal control, restrict cooperations with agencies from overseas, restrict private data aggregation, federal surveillance will even be expanded.
Mindestspeicherfrist (data retention, from 2017) in Germany, permanent state of emergency in France, will be only the first steps towards an all European Police State.

We invite all people to become a part of CryptoCon16. Get involved, may it be by submitting a creative or critical project, clarifying or explaining a specific issue, report about something, or basically almost everything you can imagine. We would like to motivate you, to submit installations, lectures, workshops, presentations or ideas for panels and discussions as well as art installations and performances. Please submit your project until March 31, 2016 23:59 CET. A short description of your project along with the approximate time duration to cryptocon at sublab dot org or submit it directly to our conference tool1.

To get an impression of CryptoCon we recommend the recordings of our previous events[2][3]4.

1 Submit your project
2 CryptoCon15
3 CryptoCon 14
4 CryptoCon 13