So yesterday I went to The Big Brother Awards and participated in the debate.
I’m not feeling like writing a big block of text that nobody will read so here are the things that came to my mind:
Everyone was worried about the government, in the whole debate private companies were mentioned twice. In my opinion that’s a bad balance. Should we worry about governments? Yes. Should we worry about companies? Definitely yes!
It took about 5 minutes before someone mentioned the Nazis. That made me wonder, what was the opinion of people on the government collecting date before World War II?
People seem to think that the government is really interested in everything they are doing.
Guess what? You’re not special! They don’t care!
Technical issues: fingerprints aren’t always correct and data can be leaked. Those seem more technical issues than privacy issues, aren’t they?
What’s wrong with cameras on the public road? It’s a public road, it’s not your living room.
Some sort of compromise was shortly mentioned: there should be some way of communication to the citizens about what is currently collected and how it used by the government. More transparency seems to be the trend here. A simple online portal could be a solution.
Also making certain things expire appeals to most people. For example if you didn’t get speeding tickets in the last X months, all your information could be erased from the license plate tracking system.
People seem to keep talking about all the cons of the government collecting information like finger prints, license plates etc.
So here are some other scenarios:
- A kid got kidnapped, some witness reported the license plate. The police can act immediately because they know where the car is.
- A terrorist left a bomb at a public event. On the shrapnel a partial fingerprint is detected. The police can round up a list of suspects, investigate those suspects and find the actual terrorist.
- There’s a natural disaster. Because of the biometric data stored in databases, family and friends can be notified that they friend or family member is safe. Or a bit worse: he/she might be dead but to identify the body they don’t need go trough the full inventory of the morgue to identify…
I personally like to see some things more divided. There’s a big difference between:
- Information you share on social network sites.*
- Information collected by the government.
- Information collected on the background by companies.
Hmm apparently I did wrote a big block of text :P
Last but not least: my complements to Bert Gabriels who made it an interesting evening and who’s a great discussion leader.
*Did you ever wonder what words they are scanning for on social media?
Well there’s a document with a big list: Analyst’s Desktop Binder.
Page 21 is the list. Page 24 handles about protecting privacy.
I had a laugh reading this. Belgium is awesome though and believe it or not, I love it here :D
I’ll just leave this here :P
LauraEllen (@Laura_ellenxx) March 11, 2013
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Well it’s a free conference in Whitespace, the hackerspace in Ghent. If you’re not from around, there’s a room available for sleeping on your own mattress and sleeping-bag on Friday and Saturday night.
I can speak for the others but I’m pretty sure they will be giving some awesome talks :D.
But I can tell you this about my talks: you probably noticed I like talking about security. Well both my talks will be about something new and I won’t publish the slides.
So if you want to hear some new stuff, just be there!
What will I be talking about?
1. Rogue Colocation of SMS gateways and tor boxes
Anonymity means a lot to some people.
I’ll explain how you can setup, maintain and protect a tor box or SMS gateway in a “public” environment.
2. You shouldn’t: Ticket “free” transportation
I’ll explain some flaws in both the public transport sector and the parking tickets.*
*This does not include a demo for legal reasons.
When your typing in some text you’ll always make some kind of mistake.
Or maybe you’ll copy past something and then replace a few words. Maybe It’s not your text but you can replace some of the references and make it yours, nobody knows, right?
Or do they…
I’ve mentioned this in a previous post.
I’ve made a quick demo: http://ict-blue.be/qwaxys/projects/replay/.
When you hit submit on the demo, you’ll see the result. In reality you won’t. I would just use the last text as what I need (a comment, review, solicitation?) and store the complete history in a database.
Then anytime I want (or somebody else, perhaps the future employer..) It’s just a matter of replaying that data.
Just imagine the possibilities…
Recently I boughty myself a Raspberry Pi.
And today it was Retro Beurs (a sort of flea market) so I said to myself: go find something to mount the Pi in.
I had only 3 requirements:
- The Pi should fit inside. (duh)
- It’s gotta be cheap.
- It should look awesome.
My ideas so far:
- Get the dialler working with the gpio pins.
- Get a USB microphone.
- Build microphone and speaker into the horn.
- Do some research on Skype, Google talk, SIP, etc
- Configuration and programming hell. :P
SABAM (@SABAM_Official) March 12, 2013
For the ones who don’t speak Dutch: Sabam is the RIAA for Belgium.
They just gave me a reply with a list of their prices :P