The Last Hope

Just finished my talk at the Hope conference about the national Dutch open standards / opensource policyplan. Hope stands for Hackers On Planet Earth and has been a bi-annual event since 1994. HOPE features presentations on a range of (IT) security related topics but also hosts all kinds of techno-creative workshops and lectures on the social relevance of technology. For a full listing see the conference site.

Because the mid-town Manhattan hotel just across from Penn station in New York may be demolished next year it is unclear if there will be (a) hope after this one. Because of this, and a certain facination with morbid themes, the conference organisers are calling this 'The Last Hope', refering both to their conference and the state of (digital) civil liberties in the US.

Cnet has the first coverage on the event.

Presentation at LinuxTag

Arjen at LinuxTagOn Saturday May 31st Gendo presented its experience on changing national policy on open standards and opensource at LinuxTag 2008. The slides are here in ODF and PDF. LinuxTag is Europe's largest opensource conference with over 11.000 participants from 31 countries. Doing a talk there was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to next year.

Linux Magazine Germany has a writeup of the talk here. and reported on the Dutch opensource policyplan earlier this year. The presentation was not recorded but an earlier (similar) presentation was taped last december at the CCC congess, also in Berlin.