Archives for June 2002
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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
||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
the entertainment industry to ensure that Kellner's claims will
remain no more than meaningless hyperbole.
||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.
||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.
||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)
statement before Congress Thursday in which he criticized the
growing concentration of media industries.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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
||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
||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.
||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.
||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,