Material from a Couple of Conferences

If I had the funds, I certainly would have headed up to New York last month for the Next HOPE. I’ve been wanting to go to Hackers on Planet Earth pretty much since I first head of it. I don’t even remember when that was so I’m going to say that makes it effectively feel like forever.

If you missed HOPE like me, the media captured of the talks is making its way online. I saw on Twitter earlier today Jason Scott, of TextFiles.com and Get Lamp fame, mention that the audio is starting to appear on the official site. Look at the bottom of each talk’s description for links to audio in lower and higher quality MP3. In years past, the organizers of HOPE have also published video bia BitTorrent, hopefully that will show up soon too.

Another conference of interest was the one put on by the Open Rights Group in the UK, ORGCon. The topics all hit my own particular sweet spot including copyright and digital media, privacy, and some of the lousy new policy to come around recently, especially the Digital Economy Act and ACTA.

Compared to HOPE, it is a bit more understandable for those of us stateside not to have made it across the pond for what looks like an awesome event. I recall clearly some fascinating live tweeting on the day. Now if you are interested you can view video of the various talks. Almost as good as being there, especially with speakers of the caliber of Jamie Boyle.

TCLP 2010-04-11 News

This is news cast 211, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, thanks to new donor this week, David.

This week’s security alerts are a new site collecting privacy and security info on apps and services and a vulnerability in WebKit’s handling of the blink tag.

In this week’s news reverse engineering facial recognition to develop dazzle camouflage (a story I also wrote up on the web site), asking whether IBM broke its open source patent pledge with their response and clarifying commentary from a couple of knowledgeable folks, a new memory management technique that could boost performance for multiple cores, and contending format shifting a book you own is ethical with supporting and dissenting responses.

Following up this week court rules against FCC in Comcast case barring neutrality regulation on ancillary authority but not through other means and the Digital Economy Bill has been passed including what we should do now.

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Grab the detailed show notes with time offsets and additional links either as PDF or OPML. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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Happy Fourth Anniversary, Open Rights Group

The UK’s equivalent of our Electronic Frontier Foundation just noted its fourth anniversary. Their achievements, listed in the celebratory post, for the past year alone are impressive. See my earlier post about Jim Killock’s appearance, along with Danny O’Brien, on the excellent FLOSS Weekly podcast. This really proves the point that from the humblest beginnings, a startling effective public interest group can be formed, supported and make a difference.

If you are in the UK, they could still use your support. Consider becoming a member if you are not already or participating in one of their public action campaigns like the current petition against the three strikes rule being pushed by Lord Mandelson.