Friday I attended a talk by Linus Neumann - spokesperson of the Chaos Computer Club at the University of Osnabrück, organised by the Chaostreff Osnabruck.
The Chaos Computer Club is the worlds largest Hacker Club (30k+ Members) and often acts in a consulting role to such august bodies as the German Constitutional Court.
This was the first event that the Chaostreff Osnabrück have organised since forming and I have to give this an "A+", not the least for getting such a speaker.
Linus' talk was a "State of The Nation" overview of IT-Security and Data-protection covering, technology, politics, changes in German law and the often forgotten Human factor.
Speaking to a full house for 1.5h he covered a lot of ground, managing to inject even the most dry subject with a good deal of sardonic humour.
I was heartened to see that it wasn't just the "Nerd Bubble" in the audience, but a good mix of ages and backgrounds. I guess, since Snowden, people are becoming sensitized to these issues and that impression was strengthened by the range of questions and questioners at the end of the talk.