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03.01.01 'ULTIMATE HACK WEEK' AT MIT
Now through Sunday, March 3, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be presenting the "MIT Hall of Hacks" exhibit at the MIT Museum.

03.01.01 NFL, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL VS. 2600?
In a somewhat surprising turn of events in the ongoing DeCSS lawsuit, some new entities have signed on to oppose us.

03.02.01 HAL 2001 GIVEN OFFICIAL GO-AHEAD
HAL 2001 is now official - the following announcement was put out on Thursday.

03.04.01 EFF SCOLDS PACIFICA FOR WEB SITE THREATS
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has taken a decisive step against recent actions of the Pacifica Foundation by admonishing them in an open letter released Friday. Pacifica (the license holder of radio station WBAI where "Off The Hook" is broadcast) has recently threatened owners of web sites wbai.net and savepacifica.net with legal action if they do not turn over control of their domains. Pacifica has come under increasing attack from numerous quarters recently for everything from acts of censorship to recent lockouts and firings at WBAI. The letter's release comes during Pacifica's National Board meeting in Houston.

03.04.01 DECSS MAKES THE COMICS
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 1-3), the popular comic strip "The Boondocks" made very specific and on-target reference to the banning of the DeCSS code.

03.05.01 FEAR OVER FORWARDING EMAIL IN AUSTRALIA
The insanity has begun with a passion in Australia as the first day of the new Digital Agenda Act came and went. It is now technically possible to be sent to prison for forwarding an email without permission. Yes, this is reality.

03.06.01 WBAI PRODUCER FORCED OFF LIVE AIRWAVES
In yet another dramatic escalation in the WBAI/Pacifica crisis, the host of an afternoon talk show was forced off the air Monday live over the airwaves by Interim General Manager Utrice Leid.

03.06.01 BIBLIOFIND FOUND TO BE VERY CARELESS
If the net seems somewhat slow to you in the next couple of days, don't worry. It's just the lag caused by 98,000 pieces of email being sent out to various Bibliofind customers, telling them that their credit card numbers have been compromised.

03.07.01 CONGRESSMAN TO ADDRESS CONGRESS ON WBAI CRISIS
Rep. Major Owens (D-NY) plans to bring up Monday's actions at WBAI in front of the House of Representatives either today or tomorrow.

03.07.01 MICROSOFT OUTLOOK HELPS SPREAD VIRUS YET AGAIN
How many more times will we wake up to hear about yet another stupid file being distributed throughout the net via email and opened by clods using Microsoft Outlook? At least one more.

03.08.01 CSS DESCRAMBLING REDUCED TO 7 LINES?

03.09.01 WBAI MAKES IT TO THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS
As promised, Rep. Major Owens (D-NY) brought the controversy at WBAI to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday morning. This extraordinary step puts the spiraling crisis involving listeners, community radio stations, and the parent Pacifica Foundation in front of an even larger audience.

03.09.01 WILL THE MEDIA EVER GET IT RIGHT?
This really shouldn't be so difficult. Hackers play with technology, question authority, tend to be somewhat mischievous, and seem to always be getting into trouble. Why is it the media seems to think that every time something happens to a credit card number, a hacker is somehow responsible?

03.09.01 CAN IT BE? A CONGRESSMAN CRITICIZING DMCA?
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) may be the first congressman we've seen who actually gets it. On Tuesday, he gave the keynote address at a Consumer Electronics Association Conference known as "Digital Download: Public Access to Content in a Digital World." In that address, we see the first hints that members of Congress may actually be having second thoughts about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

03.09.01 ABC NEWS CLAIMS HACKING IS A RESPONSE TO BOMBING
We see more and more evidence in the media of hacking being equated with real-life crime. But this latest one really boggles the imagination.

03.22.01 2600 DECSS REPLY BRIEF FILED
Our legal team has filed a reply brief responding to the claims made by the MPAA, US Government, and various majorleague sports entities.

03.22.01 TICKETS TO HAL NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH 2600
Tickets to Hacking At Large 2001, to be held in the Netherlands on August 10, 11, and 12, are now available through the 2600 Online Store.

03.22.01 PBS TO DEMONIZE HACKERS IN NEW SHOW
We may still have a chance to fix this one. But we have to wonder what these people are thinking.

03.25.01 'FREEDOM DOWNTIME' TO BE SHOWN TWICE AT I-CON CONFERENCE
"Freedom Downtime," the 2600 Films documentary on the Free Kevin movement, will be shown twice at next weekend's I-CON 20 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

03.26.01 NATIONAL PROGRAMMING DISRUPTED AT PACIFICA
The national programming feed of the Pacifica Radio network was taken over this morning in the middle of a news broadcast with a five minute statement on the ongoing crisis involving the network. But it wasn't a member of the various organizations opposed to the Pacifica National Board who took over the broadcast. Instead, it was the network management.

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