My apologies for the lack of updates recently, but se2600 switched servers and it took a while for me to get my
back. Anyway, Phreaknic was great, and it was the biggest year yet. There were 300+ in attendence. Emmanuel Goldstein
was present to show his movie, Freedom Downtime. The previous Wednesday, I had the oppurunity to speak at the
University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. My speech was on the political interests of hackers. I basically just talked
about DeCSS, encryption exportation, Open Source software, privacy (Carnivore, etc), and I derided the DMCA. I got
plenty of applause, so I think the crowd (~250-300 students) appreciated the things I talked about. Anyway, check this
website in a few days for some exciting new events coming up in the se2600. (14 Nov 2000)
The DeCSS files are no longer available locally due to several threatening letters that the MPAA has sent to our providers. There are still links to the software, but these links do NOT lead to a local file. The links are to servers located outside of the US. For more information regarding the issues and news surrounding DeCSS, goto the DeCSS Information page. This page contains links to information/news about DeCSS and the surrounding legal/political/technological issues.
My personal academic site was frozen due to a letter that the MPAA sent to Auburn University on the same day that Rattle received his. The letters are identical, except for the particulars regarding contact info and the url's.
The University's official notification email to me can be read here.
The University's response can be read here. This letter shows how easy it is for the MPAA to bully even large organizations into submitting. You may notice that the University broke confidentiality by providing my name and address in the response. Humorously, the address they provided is incorrect and doesn't correspond at all with my real address, since the address was acquired from a voluntary student directory.
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