international bordercamp strasbourg

Shutting down the SIS !

root@sis# shutdown -h now

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30.Nov.99 - On friday 26th a team of researchers from strasbourg NSV research (Noborder Silicon Valley) came to Strasbourg Neuhof, where the Schengen Information System (SIS) is located.

It was the aim of a working group to develop a system to make the data stored in the Schengen Information System accessable for everybody.

Accompanied by a french television team and several journalists, the team dug a hole next to the street which is going to the SIS. The work of the group soon got the attention of the police, obviously not understanding what was going on and suprised by the massive gathering of press people.

Based on information of a researchers' group who visited the SIS location some days before, a cable was taken out of the ground and connected to a notebook.

After booting the system and logging in on the SIS system, the user rights of the Schengen data were changed (chmod 777 *) so from now on everybody is able to access his/her own data stored in the Schengen system, of course also change or delete data as needed. After that, the noborder plugin was installed (apt-get install noborder) to enable access from everywhere whitout limitation.

The communication protocol was changed to TCP/IP for easy internet (webbased-)access. An easy to use webportal will be installed soon.

Now the system was shut down for a complete reboot and made ready for a free-communication compiling.

For more information see For downloading the noborder plugin see http:/ /

Here's some photos of the action :

root@sis# shutdown -h now