Upcoming presentations at The Next HOPE

We would like to announce that Mayhemic Labs has two upcoming presentations at The Next HOPE July 16-18, 2010 at The Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City:

With the plethora of third party services that allow folks to post photos to their Twitter account, how hard would it be for someone to stalk a person's location via the GPS metadata tagged in their images? Mayhemic Labs did the research and it turns out the answer is "not very." Over the past few months, Mayhemic Labs has amassed a sizable database of people using these services - and what geographic information has been encoded on their publicly available photos. This presentation will cover the basics of how and why this research was done, why sharing such information is bad, why privacy is hard to get right, attempts at public outreach at ICanStalkU.com, how you can replicate such a system, and various instances of privacy fail. Also, tools will be released that will allow you to test your own (or other people's) photo streams.

Why You Should Be an Amateur (Saturday, July 17th, 6:00PM EDT in the Bell Room)

Lots of people think the “maker culture” is a relatively new phenomenon. However, one group has been doing it for close to 100 years: amateur radio operators. While some dismiss amateur radio as an aging artifact from decades ago, today's radio amateurs are putting together wide area wireless networks, developing digital protocols that use the tiniest amount of bandwidth, and building radios from scratch. This presentation will review the basics of amateur radio, the advantages over unlicensed devices, and areas of interest you can apply to your existing projects.

HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) is a conference series sponsored by the hacker magazine 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. There have been seven conferences to date: HOPE, Beyond HOPE, H2K, H2K2, The Fifth HOPE, HOPE Number Six, and The Last HOPE. More information is availabe at HOPE.net