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Constanze Kurz

Computer scientist, Chaos Computer Club (CCC)

The Chaos Computer Club e.V. (CCC) is Europe’s largest association of hackers. For more than thirty years the CCC has been providing valuable information on technical and societal issues such as surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, hacktivism, data security and many other interesting matters dealing with the topics of technology and hacking. Constanze Kurz is a computer scientist currently working as scientific project leader at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences within the research center for “Culture and Informatics. She is responsible for the “Aus dem Maschinenraum” (From the Computer Room) column in the Die Frankfurter Allgemeine, a Frankfurt-based newspaper. Kurz is spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club.

keynote | English

2.30 p.m.


Constanze Kurz, b. 1974, German national based in Berlin, spokesperson for Chaos Computer Club, discusses It Security in Crisis. Eduard Snowden’s name comes up often in describing cyber-attacks and espionage of private and public sectors. The paradigm shifts in Internet security raises the question: On what basis are new technologies built up? Structural problems, exploit markets, tailored access operations by government hacking, encoding and encryption, IT security, “Foxacid”, “needle in the haystack”, back doors among many are described by Kurz in her fascinating expose on hacking. “Data privacy is a requirement in the future.” We should learn from hacking attacks.