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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Hacking the Media Comment
    Gregory Morris, 7/10/04 8:31:54 pm
    I'm sitting here listening to people from the EFF explaining the law as it regards to technology, copyright, trademark, fair use, obscenity, anonimity, etc. The overall theme of the conference has (as expected) been the freedom of media and how to best go about getting and publishing information. A lot has gone on, and I'll talk more about it all in future posts. I just heard an excellent panel on lockpicking, which was less "how to break into places" and more "why physical security is important". Also, Woz gave an excellent keynote address. He also signed my ibook, which is awesome (followed by Kevin Mitnick and Captain Crunch.)
    I was kinda disappointed in the vendors at the con, because there are only a handful, and the are mostly selling books and tshirts. The books are all cool, but I buy books online (don't wanna lug a bunch of heavy books around here in NY) and the tshirts mostly either suck, or you can get them online anyway.

    The speaker right now is trying to discuss what "obscene" is, and she keeps fumbling over the word excretory. The Miller test. Etc. "Butt-f*cking." She keeps saying it. Wow. Go EFF.

    Coming up next is the cult of the dead cow. Fun.

    Anyway, the overall atmosphere here is pretty layed back, everyone is nice, some of the will talk to you (at length sometimes) and some of them just kinda keep the themselves in the corners. Everyone has Apple laptops... mostly G4s, although John Draper has a g3 powerbook.

    EFF girl just gave props to haxxxors (hacker porn). heh heh.

    I've also noticed that every speaker keeps their suggestions as legal as possible, but they tend to drop hints about illegal implications of whatever they are discussing. The one exception is when Shape Shifter (who was arrested at the 2000 RNC for his protesting, and "possessing an instrument of terror" AKA a cellphone) gave talk discussing how to cause all kinds of mischief at the RNC here in NYC this August. Lot of good suggestions, some in gross violation of the Patriot act. Good. NYC doesn't like the republicans anyway, except the business they bring to the bars and escort services.

    Every single panel has an audience question time, which is expected, but even the keynotes had that... which is cool. Lot of good questions.

    More girls here than I actually expected. Hacker chicks rule. Mostly white men, but the diversity even within that group is astounding. Definitely lots of awesome people.

    Theres even an open area where you can sign up to give talks on whatever you want. Openness. Freedom. I love it.

    Anyway, more later. Along with pictures in the image gallery.


    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: Hacking the Media
    monica, 7/11/04 8:00:41 am
    awesome! that's cool about signing up to give talks. did you go to any of those?

    Re: Hacking the Media
    Gregory Morris, 7/12/04 1:14:36 pm
    nah, didn't have time. I wanted to go to the hacker chicks one, but ended up having dinner with Joe and Laura instead. So it goes.
    Re: Hacking the Media
    Otinia, 7/15/04 3:08:05 am
    Hey cool, I was one of the hacker chicks there. :D I didn't go to any of the talks in Area "C" either. There was the chix0r event which I heard was insanity all around. ;]
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