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Posted 16 Apr 2010 15:37:58 UTC

We're happy to announce that Julian Assange of Wikileaks will be one of the keynote speakers at The Next HOPE, taking place in New York City July 16-18, 2010.

Over the years and particularly within the past couple of weeks, Julian has demonstrated some of the key values of those in the hacker and journalist community who strive to get real information out of the hands of bureaucracy and coverups and share it with the rest of the world, all the while protecting the sources.

Julian has been on the front page of newspapers worldwide with the revelation by Wikileaks of a videotape showing a U.S. Army Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff. Previous attempts at uncovering the tape through the government had failed and its release clearly showed that there was no active firefight between U.S. forces and those killed, as had been maintained in official statements.

Recently, he has appeared on "Off The Hook" and "The Colbert Report" as well as in just about every newspaper in the world. In addition, Julian has been active in the recently announced project to help make Iceland a journalism haven.

While we're thrilled by this news, we should also point out that this is just one of more than 100 talks that will be presented at The Next HOPE. Everything from the abuse of privacy to the revelation of security holes to consumer issues along with secret details about technology plus a huge amount of other stuff will be presented by our many speakers. Submissions are only open for a little while longer as we have already received a whole lot of really good ones. If you're interested in speaking, email speakers@hope.net with a concise summation along with a bio.

But even all of those talks only amount to one part of our conference, which will include an entire floor of activities, from lockpicking workshops, to a hackerspace village, to all sorts of hardware projects, films, music, etc. And of course Segway rides.

Admission to the conference is $75 for all three days if you preregister before May 15, 2010. It's $85 after that and $100 at the door.

The Next HOPE is taking place at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City from July 16-18, 2010. Special room rates have been announced that are actually cheaper than in previous years. The hotel is right across the street from Penn Station, the country's busiest train station, making travel incredibly easy.

For all of the latest info, keep checking www.hope.net and wiki.hope.net. You can also subscribe to thenexthope Twitter feed and join the Hope.Net Facebook page. And to participate in an ongoing discussion with all sorts of other people, join the Hope Forums at talk.hope.net.

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