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- 12 / 07 / 99 -

A lawsuit is filed against NSA by EPIC concerning monitoring U.S. citizens, more Y2K hysteria, the Kyl bill is introduced which calls for suspending net access in certain cases as if it were a privilege, an overview of last week's coverage of the Seattle riots including a 15 minute sound collage of pieces obtained over the Internet containing some very dramatic firsthand accounts (listen for the sound of an NGO representative being grabbed by the police while he's explaining things to a small group of people), most of which came from www.indymedia.org, all of which demonstrate the value of firsthand access to technology and the net. Also: an interview with Zai of etoy, a group of artists being attacked by a large company with a similar name that has succeeded in shutting down their web page. (This same group put out the Kevin Mitnick song that was played on the 7/23/96 show.)

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December 7
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- 12 / 14 / 99 -

Emmanuel refuses to pay an AT&T bill for no service and is tricked into paperless billing on another line, a call to AT&T to try and clear up the mess, Sprint PCS apparently charges customers for failing to connect to the web browser on their phones, E-Z Pass makes access to information harder for their customers, Emmanuel gets a class settlement from NYNEX for screwing up Caller ID Blocking, the absurdity of a form required to visit Kevin Mitnick, a prison newsletter spotlights satellite tracking technology, 2600 opens an online store, the etoy mail server is shut down, callers compare phone charges, Rebel claims to have ended the touch tone fee in New Jersey, the ongoing battle against advertising.

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December 14
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- 12 / 21 / 99 -

Technical problems cause a delay in the theme, only ten days to go until 2000, why this isn't the end of the century, the Federal Reserve doesn't raise interest rates because of Y2K, preparations for the date change from governments to rebel groups, a Y2K memo at a local university is good for a laugh, how hackers are already being blamed for anything that may go wrong, a plea from the White House for hackers to show restraint, legislation is introduced to prohibit payphones from existing near establishments that sell malt liquor, a review of a "20/20" piece on hackers, the politics of hacking web pages, more advances in global monitoring of individuals, shuttle astronauts have email problems, a town is renamed to half.com, Harvard sues a man for cybersquatting, companies are raided for selling common electronic devices, CNN misrepresents the etoy story.

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December 21
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- 12 / 28 / 99 -

The last show of the year and the last show before Y2K, a disclosure of who the Y2K theme is performed by, the anticipation of a terrorist attack on Times Square, Emmanuel tries to get Izaac to predict disaster on New Year's, a cartoon from Canada features a 2600 meeting, an official Y2K song, 2600 is threatened with a lawsuit along with many others by the DVD Copy Control Association, Tom Vogt and Matthew Pavlovich tell their stories as codefendants in the lawsuit, an appeal to mirror files on other sites.

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