Chaos Communication Congress
Many ask, "What is the future of gaming?" The future is more difficult to determine without knowing the past. Sven Oliver "Svolli" Moll takes a step back in time to review and analyze the development, intricacies, and specifications of one of the most monumental gaming systems in history; The Atari 2600.
In this fiery speech, Christian Bahls speaks out as a voice of reason against the WhiteIT project. WhiteIT is a German initiative that seeks to reduce child pornography on the Internet. Bahls' warning is to look carefully into objectives and goals of the project. His concern is that the initiative is trying to use child pornography as a cover to implement intrusive technologies. In addition, he suggests that the initiative misses the larger problem of preventing child abuse and exploitation.
Why are researchers in the United States accepting money from the government of China, in exchange for improving their surveillance ability? This is one of many uncomfortable questions Evgeny Morozov submits for consideration. He reminds us that although China may be the elephant in the room among obviously repressive governments, the role played by Western policymakers, corporations, and institutions which trade with them, make excuses for them, and profit from business with them is a more immediate peril to us all.
The issue of copyright continues to be a major problem over the life of the personal computer. Companies have consistently tried to limit the ability of users to make the most of their machines, using a variety of protection schemes. In his talk at the 28th annual Chaos Communication Congress (28c3), Cory Doctorow reviews the history of the copyright fight and discusses how developers and political organizations will continue to limit the use of the general purpose computer.