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  • Christopher J Biggs

    Christopher J Biggs

    Christopher Biggs has been into Open Systems since the early 90s and was there at the birth of Linux and 386BSD. His interest in electronics and connected devices goes back even further. Christopher’s career encompasses software development, system architecture and engineering management. He built and managed a diverse, global team of over 60 developers at a leading Brisbane IT company. Christopher is now the principal of Accelerando Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in IoT, DevOps mentorship and Cloud Data. Christopher is convenor of the Brisbane Internet of Things interest group, and was a founding executive member of HUMBUG, the Brisbane open systems user group. He has presented at conferences and user groups around Australia and is an active startup mentor.


Right now, the state of privacy on the Internet is "we collect every bit of data about you, crosslink everything and use it to manipulate your attention". The internet of Things brings the promise (threat?) that "every bit" comes to mean not just everything you did online, but also everything you did in your home, workplace, car and bedroom. The future is shaped by those who have the strongest vision of what it should be. Right now that's Big Data, which culturally rhymes with "Big Oil", "Big Tobacco" and "Big Pharma". If we don't want the grim meathook future they are cooking up for us, we need to visualise what we DO want and fight harder to make it happen. So what does a privacy-perserving future look like? How can we construct an internet where the value of information accrues to individuals, not to billionaires? Many of the pieces are already in place. * Emerging data processing algorithms such as Private Set Intersection and Homomorphic Encryption * Personal data enclaves such as the Hub of All Things (HAT) ( * Data exchanges like the Sam project ( * Privacy-first IoT data networks like LoRaWAN and Amazon IoT Join us as we fit these pieces together and imagine what Internet life (aka "life") might look like when we wrest power back from Big Data. Linux Australia: YouTube: