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06.01.02 HUNGARIANS PROTEST AS INTERNET COSTS SKYROCKET
As the Hungarian telephone company Matáv prepares to raise Internet access rates, a group of concerned Internet users is protesting. This group considers Matáv's actions to be monopolistic and detrimental to the growth of the Internet in Hungary—where Internet access is already more expensive than almost anywhere else in the world.

06.01.02 PRELIMINARY H2K2 SPEAKER LIST RELEASED
We figured you might be interested in seeing some of what we have in store for H2K2 this July. We've released a preliminary list of people who have agreed to speak at the conference. This is NOT a complete list so don't panic if you're planning to do a panel and you don't see your name here. We have many names to add and we're working on getting even more people to participate. Here's some of what we have so far.

06.03.02 CANADIAN INTERNET RADIO IN DANGER
As the US Librarian of Congress considers license fees for Internet radio, the Canadian equivalent of the RIAA is pushing to increase fees for Internet broadcasting there. Canadian Internet broadcaster RantRadio is leading a campaign to stop these fees, which they argue might lead to the end of independent, non-profit Internet radio in Canada.

06.03.02 1991 EDITIONS OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" NOW ONLINE
An additional year of the WUSB radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (39 in all) are from 1991.

06.04.02 MAJOR SCHEDULE CHANGES AT WBAI - "OFF THE HOOK" LIKELY TO MOVE
In a move that has brought controversy back to Pacifica Radio's WBAI in New York, many programmers are being notified of changes to the schedule that dramatically affect their shows and in some cases have resulted in their termination. We've been notified that "Off The Hook" in all probability will have a new timeslot as early as next week.

06.05.02 INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN SOUTH KOREA
The world's attention is currently focused on South Korea as the host (along with Japan) of this year's World Cup. But there is another reason why we should pay attention to this country, which President Bush has described as "a vibrant democracy": its nasty habit of censoring websites of which the government does not approve.

06.05.02 TAKE ACTION: HELP SAVE CANADIAN INTERNET RADIO
On Monday, we reported on Tariff 22, which threatens Internet radio in Canada. We have learned that there are some actions which our readers can take in order to help stop this destructive tariff.

06.08.02 EFF, CONSUMERS ASK COURT TO SAY SKIPPING COMMERCIALS IS NOT STEALING
Last month, we reported that Jamie Kellner, CEO of AOL Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting, had publicly likened the skipping of commercials to stealing. On Thursday, the EFF and concerned consumers sued the entertainment industry to ensure that Kellner's claims will remain no more than meaningless hyperbole.

06.09.02 JACK BIELLO, VOICE OF FREEKEVIN.COM, DEAD AT 47
We're saddened to announce the death of a great friend, talented writer, and community activist. Jack Biello was a key voice in the Free Kevin movement whose words reached many through the freekevin.com and kevinmitnick.com websites. He was instrumental in helping Mitnick adjust to life after prison, assisting him in writing speeches and articles, as well as preparing testimony in front of a Senate subcommittee in 2000. He also served as a liaison with members of the press during the Mitnick affair.

06.13.02 LAW ENFORCEMENT TO GAIN YET MORE NEW POWERS
We've known for a long time that "homeland security" means bad news for civil liberties. Now, a new bill is going to ask law enforcement to use technology make it even worse.

06.14.02 US SENATOR CRITICIZES MEDIA CONSOLIDATION
In a sign that politicians are finally waking up to the dangers of the current monopolistic radio market, US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) delivered a statement before Congress Thursday in which he criticized the growing concentration of media industries.

06.17.02 ANCIENT COMPUTERS NEEDED FOR H2K2
The call is out for old, ancient, and obsolete computers to bring to the H2K2 conference July 12-14 in New York.

06.17.02 MITNICK TO FIGHT FOR HAM LICENSE TUESDAY
Kevin Mitnick, the computer hacker imprisoned by the United States for five years and subject of our documentary "Freedom Downtime," faces yet another challenge on Tuesday when he appears at a Federal Communications Commission hearing in Washington DC on Tuesday.

06.18.02 2600 IRC SERVER OFFLINE INDEFINITELY
As a result of a massive Denial of Service attack of biblical proportions, we no longer have a home for irc.2600.net.

06.19.02 FCC CONSIDERING ALLOWING FURTHER MEDIA CONSOLIDATION
As we recently reported, there has been a fair amount of criticism of the current trend towards media consolidation in the radio industry. Apparently ignoring this criticism, however, the FCC (according to a Reuters article and other sources) is considering lifting many of the remaining limits on consolidation of ownership of other forms of media.

06.21.02 THE DEATH OF WEBCASTING?
The US Librarian of Congress released his final decision on royalty rates for Internet music broadcasting. Already, at least one such "webcaster" has shut down rather than pay these fees.

06.26.02 H2K2 PANELS ANNOUNCED - PREREGISTRATION TO CLOSE FRIDAY
H2K2 is just over two weeks away and we've put together a huge collection of panels and speakers. This is in addition to the gigantic network of computers we're assembling, the largest ever at a hacker conference.

06.27.02 SPECIAL NEW EDITION OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" THIS WEEKEND
As part of radio station WUSB's 25th anniversary, a special edition of the program "Brain Damage" will be presented this weekend. It's the first time this program has aired since January 1995. Recently, we have been encoding old editions of this telephone talk/variety program and making them available here. The show ran from 1988 to 1995. We currently have all shows from 1991-1995 available.

06.28.02 FORD DROPS APPEAL - 2600 VICTORY AFFIRMED
Ford Motor Company has officially and unconditionally conceded its complete, utter, and perpetual loss on the merits of the FORD v. 2600 "FuckGeneralMotors.com" case. Ford has dismissed its appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, meaning that Ford has completely given up all attempts to reverse the victory that 2600 Enterprises won on December 20, 2001. The mutually agreed dismissal papers were officially entered by the Sixth Circuit on June 27, 2002.

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