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06.05.01 DEMONSTRATORS ENTER WBAI - REPORTERS CLASH
Tensions at WBAI again exploded onto the airwaves on Monday morning as 18 demonstrators entered the station in an attempt to restore the popular "Democracy NOW!" program to the airwaves. When it was over, a reporter from WBAI had become involved in a physical altercation with a reporter from the Independent Media Center.

06.06.01 PRINCETON SCIENTISTS SUE OVER SDMI INCIDENT
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a federal court on Wednesday to rule that Princeton University Professor Edward Felten and his research team have a First Amendment right to present their research on digital music access-control technologies at the USENIX Security Conference this August in Washington, DC, despite threats from the recording industry.

06.08.01 FORD HEARING TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE
We've gotten ahold of the transcript of the May 18 hearing in the Ford Lawsuit against 2600. It's fascinating reading as it illustrates the many misconceptions and overall lack of understanding that Ford (and probably much of corporate America) has towards the Internet specifically and freedom of speech in general.

06.09.01 SURVEY: WHO SHOULD GIVE THE KEYNOTE AT H2K2?
We've already gotten a good number of suggestions on what kinds of panels and speakers we should get for H2K2, the fourth HOPE conference, scheduled for July 12-14, 2002 in New York City. Right now we're looking for input specifically on keynote speakers. There was a great response to last year's keynote address by Jello Biafra, Brock Meeks in 1997, and Robert Steele in 1994. We'd like to continue in the tradition of having strong, dynamic speakers who capture the imagination. So we're asking those of you interested in attending the next conference who you would like to see in that position. It really can be anybody in the world but we'd like to know why you think they would be a good choice and how they pertain to the hacker culture. This is not a popularity contest so please don't get all of your friends to select Trent Reznor or something. Our decision will be based on a number of factors and your input is one of them. To participate, send email to keynote@2600.com. Include the name of your selection, their accomplishments, why you think they'd be a good choice, and contact information for your selection if you have any. Keep checking here and on www.hope.net for more info on H2K2.

06.14.01 SHAPESHIFTER CASE: FULL RETURN OF BAIL DENIED
One of the basic beliefs most everyone seems to share is that once you're acquitted of a crime, you're freed of any penalty associated with that crime. But we're learning that, at least in the United States, that's not really the case.

06.28.01 NEW TOP LEVEL DOMAINS BEGIN WORKING
Two of the brand new top level domains are slowly starting to work. This week the .biz and .info TLDs were added to the root zones and a very limited number of addresses began to work.

06.28.01 VIDEO STORE RAIDED FOR SELLING IMPORTED DVD'S
A front page article in the Swedish daily Metro (Skane edition) has a very interesting article about a raid which took place at video stores in Gothenburg and Stockholm. Apparently, the only reason this raid took place was because the store was selling Region 1 DVD's - in other words, imported DVD's. No, this is not a dream.

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