[hackerspaces] hacker passport, international hacker memberiship, resources sharing

Koen Martens gmc at sonologic.nl
Tue Jun 14 02:54:53 CEST 2011

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On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:20:24AM -0400, Eric Gerlach wrote:
> My personal idea is a passport issued that has a QR code on it that
> links to a page on your home hackerspace's server that contains all
> the information about you, and your current membership status, as well
> as your personal public key.  The destination hackerspace would then
> sign the visitor's passport (either the URL or the public key) with
> some relevant information (date of visit, etc.).  This could then be
> served up via a URL, which could then be printed as a QR code on a
> sticker (or something) and then stuck in the person's passport.

Well, so, i can just set up such a server, print myself a QR code and 
pretend I'm a member of 'the hackers of the round table worshipping
dead trees' hackerspace. I mean, if you're doing that, you're gonna
need some way of discerning between actual hackerspaces and fake ones
such as the above. Perhaps that would work with having hackerspaces
sign eachother server keys or something like that, but ehm, what 
exactly is the problem we're trying to solve?? 

As someone who tends to go out on trips to visit hackerspaces (in
fact i'm right now typing from a couch in a hackerspace in Germany
,Das Labor in Bochum, if anyone cares, great place! on my way
to Vienna) I tend to get by fine without passports or signatures.

The proof that I was in a space is the experience and memories
I carry with me, the friends i've made. And of course the zillions
of pictures I took :)

> I've started writing a specification here if people are interested:
> http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspaces_Passport (Shouldn't propose
> an idea without at least doing some work!)
> What do people think?  This seems to be a solved problem in many areas
> (state-to-state relations, fencing clubs/tournaments), why don't we
> just copy what's proven to work?

On the one hand I do like the idea on the merit of it posing a 
technical challenge (if we want it to be secure). Yet on the other
hand I've got enough hobbies already :)

- - gmc

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