Diablog has not done one of the typical year end reviews. There is no “best of 2015”. I did not feel like it. Too many bad things happened within the last couple of weeks.
US Congress forced CISA down our throat. UK spy agencies are running Big Brother databases like PRESTON, behind the back of everybody including the MPs. France, which prior to the recent attacks had vast yet useless surveillance in place already, introduced a law giving the police and its spy agencies card blanche. We are running towards a police state full speed. Point in case, while we have dropping crime rates, police brutality is on the rise.
What keeps me going?
Every year in December the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), the largest association of hackers in Europe. runs its annual congress. The Chaos Communication Congress attracts well over 12,000 people now. You don’t have to travel there, all talks are streamed and recorded. You can attend online, so to speak. And many talks are in English.
Someone is not happy with the CCC, as shown by the ongoing DDoS attack against its infrastructure. Luckily, all talks are uploaded not only to events.ccc.de, which is under attack. You can watch the talks on youtube as well. And one of the presentations this year was Ten years after ‚We Lost The War‘.
In 2005 the hackers waved the white flag. In their ‘We Lost The War’ speech then, they considered the fight against surveillance and oppressive regimes lost. Now we got an update, it is linked above and embedded below:
To quote Rop:
We need to be the clowns. If the minister of internal affairs says: “I cannot give you that information, it would make the people feel insecure.”, he deserves nothing but loud laughter.
To a healthy, funny new year,
wishing you all the best for 2016,