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Data is the new gold, who are the new thieves? | Tijmen Schep | TEDxUtrecht

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Published on Feb 10, 2016

These days we should not just worry about big
brother, we should worry about everyone.
Getting access to people’s data is becoming
easier every day. Together with a team of
hackers, Tijmen Schep got access to people’s
personal information, and used this to piece
together the ‘National Birthday Calendar’ a
database of all (!) Dutch people. Baffled by the
ease with which the acquired the info, Tijmen
wants challenge us to think deeper about
technology, privacy, surveillance and power.

Tijmen Schep of the SETUP medialab, playfully challenges us to think deeper about technology. Tijmen (1981) has spent the last two years creating projects that challenge society to ask difficult questions about the future of privacy, surveillance and power.
At TEDx you can learn how Tijmen came to puzzle together ‘The National Birthday Calendar’, a database of all (!) Dutch people. Twenty big data experts spent their weekends hacking it together, by scraping and puzzling the data they could find online. Often baffled at how easy it turned out to be, and how much they could find.
It’s a story of crime, intrigue, suspense…and it’s all about you! Our advice: especially if you have an account at Schoolbank.nl, check this talk out!
Tijmen: “Let’s go people, stroll along the data-stream, staring up at the Cloud, all watched over by machines of loving grace.”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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