Cassandra a Perugia

International Journalism Festival

Perugia 2016

You are being observed: horror stories about the software in your consumer devices

Cassandra a Perugia 2016

The Internet of Things is the materialization of what was once called “Ubiquitous Computing” and then “Pervasive Computing”, both seen in the past as positive aspects of technology. Today the naked truth is that all consumer electronic devices are well beyond the full control of their owners; moreover “analogic” familiar things from the past, like cars and TV sets, are now in fact specialized computing devices, doing a lot more that moving passengers or showing film and news, because they are filled with hidden functions. Things are built with millions of lines of code inside, and all this software is supposed to be bug-free and not controlled by entities other than the owner. The talk will illustrate to what extent the above is completely false, and will give examples of who (and how) uses the Internet of Things and the Cloud against the owners of such devices.
Con: Marco Calamari (Punto Informatico)


Marco Calamari, esperto di privacy e crittografia in Rete, collabora a progetti come Freenet, Mixmaster, Mixminion, Tor & GlobaLeaks. È il fondatore del Progetto Winston Smith e tra i fondatori del Centro Hermes per la Trasparenza e i Diritti Umani Digitali.
Dal 2002 organizza il convegno E-Privacy ed è editorialista di Punto Informatico dove pubblica la rubrica settimanale Cassandra Crossing.
È membro del capitolo italiano di IISFA, di AIP e di OPSI e opera come consulente tecnico forense.
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Born 1955, nuclear engineer, sometimes know as Cassandra, at age 18 needed to decide if buy an used car or a pc; his choice was the pc and since then has not yet fully recovered.
He works as a legacy code archeologist in a big multinational company, but is passionate about privacy & cryptography on Internet, and volunteers on some FOSS software projects like Freenet, Mixmaster, Mixminion, Tor & GlobaLaks.
Founder of PWS – Progetto Winston Smith and amongst founders of Hermes association, currently write about Matrix issues both in ICT and Generalist newspaper and magazines.
He is columnist at “Punto Informatico” where manage the “Cassandra Crossing” weekly column.



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