Back From Defcon/Blackhat. Still sorting out all the post-con mess and getting photo's up and such.
I've setup an experimental permanent Google+ hangout for Defcon people and Hacker family in general to join and chat face to face more than once or twice a year. It's like IRC but with video and voices.
It is currently an experiment. It could turn all sorts of horror show, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
The event with hangout link is here
Join the hangout and feel free to chat with whoever is there. Slightly more detail and instructions are avaiable HERE
Work is going well but that's not the point of this post.
As a Hacker, the revelations of Snowden and others have led creedace to what we have long expected and suspected. The world is not as we should have expected. If there ever was a time to fight back through legal and community methods, this is it. The Five Eyes, which I am under, assume everyone to be a terrorist. There is no proving otherwise, either you are a terrorist, will be a terrosist, or are a reformed terrorist, likely to be a terrorist again.
I recall my social studies classes in school. This is not what we were taught. The world deserves better than constant suspicion. Talk to your government representantives or get elected yourselves, or do something to get attention. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WANT! WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM!
As Frank Sinatra once said; "Don't get even, get mad". The world has become an information economy. We control that economy. We have the power and its time to fight back and convince those in power or become those in power that the Hacker Ethos is not something to fear, but something to embrace, in order to shrink the world and realize the larger world we already know.
Start a bail fund for this post, but I stopped caring a while ago. Losing a sense of self preservation is very freeing!