Here’s a picture from Hackers on Planet Earth this Saturday, right before my talk. You can see PT’s glowing guggenhat scrolling “HOPE” in NeoPixels, also illuminating ladyada’s pink hair. I’m on stage about to speak.
NEW YORK — Dark Mail. Blackphones. Secure e-drops. Bitcoin ATMs. Makeup that thwarts facial recognition software. Lock-picking and elevator-hacking tutorials. Disruptive ad blockers.
The latest tools for consumer countersurveillance and evasion technology were on display last weekend as thousands of tech experts, civil libertarians and whistleblowers gathered at the 10th Hackers on Planet Earth (Hope X) conference in Manhattan to reassess emerging threats to privacy and confidentiality in the digital and physical worlds.
The consensus among attendees was clear: Privacy is dead.
“You’d have to be naked in a steam room on top of a mountain if you want to have a truly confidential conversation,” said conference speaker Steve Rambam, a private investigator. “And it has to be your steam room.”
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