24 hours in Serbia at Balkan hacker conference BalCCon

24 hours in Serbia at Balkan hacker conference BalCCon

Summary: This weekend the Balkan Computer Congress BalCCon: First Contact is putting Balkan hackers center stage with international hackers at the first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

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  • Hacker "flag"

    The enormous BalCCon conference hall is decorated with all kinds of hacker trimmings; this is one of two giant 'flags' made from appropriately themed shirts.

    Yesterday, the conference's first day, over 40 local teenagers (a group of fantastically mixed gender) descended on the conference, some of whom posed for photos in front of the flags.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

  • Maja Asanovic presents at BalCCon

    The second inagural speaker to BalCCon's stage was Maja Asanovic, digital privacy and human rights activist and one of the founders of Serbia's Pirate Movement.

    Her talk encapsulated the context of BalCCon as not just a time to hack and learn but to look at what is happening in the United States with both its disturbingly flawed computer laws and NSA spying revelations.

    This, she said, meant that since Serbia is still behind the times in both regards that there are big opportunities happening now for Serbian hackers to learn from America's problems and work to establish computer laws and policies that respect and strengthen human rights.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

  • Travis Goodspeed and his Satellite Dish

    Charismatic American hacker Travis Goodspeed took BalCCon's late night stage to present Portscanning Low Earth Orbit, a talk about having fun with satellite dishes and... other related activities.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

Topics: Security, Government, Linux

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