25th Chaos Communication Congress

maha's Neusprech Talk by nr1@flickr cc-by-sa

This year’s Chaos Communication Congress was an overwhelming experience, mostly because of the great number of participants and the good atmosphere, although everybody had a hard time to find empty seats in the lecture halls. Fortunately, the lectures were streamed. So, I didn’t always fought my way through the crowd, but simply watched the stream instead. This is, of course, not quite the same thing. Here are some impressions of the lectures I attended or watched as a stream:

  • I was late at the opening event and wasn’t particularly captured by the keynote, so I gave up on it after some minutes. I cannot tell exactly why the keynote didn’t touch me; possibly it was John Gilmore’s way of speaking. Moreover, the opening event should be more stimulating.
  • As expected, Hacking the iPhone was the highlight of the first day. The lecture hall was very crowded; fortunately, I came early enough to get into the room and sit on the floor. Unfortunately, one of the speakers was almost incomprehensible, but the talk was certainly very interesting.
  • My personal favorite of the first day was the live feature on Kurt Gödel. Such presentations are always very funny and informative at the same time. I hope there will be more!
  • The talk on swarm robots on the second day was very thought-stimulating. In this project, the robots communicate through infra-red sensors, but it gave me an idea of how they could communicate even without a special communication device. Perhaps, I should start my own project on robot communication….
  • Magnus Manske’s talk on DNA sequencing was interesting to me, because it’s a field I don’t know anything about.
  • Rose White’s talk The Infinite Library was very entertaining, although it didn’t yield much new information. I liked it nonetheless for its entertainment value.
  • I started the third day with my own contribution on Newspeak (recording) which provoked some interesting discussions. I even gave four interviews afterwards: a very short videocast on Netzpolitik (with closed eyes), :-( one for Bayerischer Rundfunk (aired on January 9th, 2009), one for a free radio in Southern Germany and another one for the German Free Radio Network. I’m very happy that so many people found my ideas interesting.

I followed some other lectures, but passed most of the time in the Speakers’ Room, which is a cosy, unfortunately a little too small room where speakers like myself were accepted and could prepare their talks (there is always need for last-minute preparations). I coordinated the Speakers’ Room volunteers, which was an easy task this year, because the group worked together very harmoniously and effectively. Moreover, the Speakers’ Room is always a good place to meet interesting people.

Not surprisingly, with so many people around, it is easy to catch some viruses (computer viruses and others). Unfortunately, I caught a bad cold and had to spend the first days of the new year in bed. :-(

6 Responses to “25th Chaos Communication Congress”

  1. janWo says:

    Gute Besserung!
    Jans Antivirus-Tipp des Tages: 1-2cm rohen Ingwer kleinhacken oder auspressen, mit Zitronensaft mischen, und (auch wenn’s brennt) trinken.

  2. janWo says:

    Hoppla. Ich kriege einen Fehler 404 angezeigt, aber der Kommentar kommt dennoch an?!

  3. Simon says:

    Ich habe mir gerade den Mitschnitt Deines Talks auf dem 25C3 angeguckt – vielen Dank.

    Am Ende erwähnt einer der Fragesteller ein Buch, das rhetorische Waffen gegen Phrasendrescherei/Neusprech anbieten würde. Leider habe ich das nicht genau verstanden. Kennst Du das Buch und kannst vielleicht einen Link anbieten?

    Danke,
    Simon

  4. maha says:

    @Simon: Es geht um: Politiker – Deutsch / Deutsch – Politiker: Politiker verstehen leicht gemacht; das ist ganz witzig, mehr aber auch leider nicht.

    @JanWo: Das mit der Fehlermeldung verunsichert mich etwas, es sollte alles funktionieren. Danke für den Tipp, habe mir zufällig Ingwer-Orangen-Limonade gekauft. :-)

  5. maha says:

    @JanWo: Problem gelöst! Danke für den Hinweis!

  6. Philip says:

    Musste gerade an deinen Neusprech-Vortrag denken, als ich auf tagesschau.de las:
    “Bad Bank” heißt jetzt “Mobilisierungsfonds”

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