Thursday, October 28, 2010

Back doors for the government to spy on us
The Obama administration is drafting a law that would make  all internet communications services in the US come with a "back door" -- a way in for them to surveil all information, when requested. This would effectively end legal secure encrypted communication in the US.

We're hoping it doesn't go into law, but it is a reminder of how the powers that be want all access passes to all your information.

More detailed information from our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

(thanks to our friends at riseup for passing on the news) 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Things we have determined today:
  1. Dodge trusts Muirkat emotionally enough to be honest about checking Facebook during a work meeting
  2. New intern Doctor is a good worker
  3. Our groupie Annie is easily frustrated
  4. The guy at the next table WENT TO MESA VERDE and is more than willing to tell everyone within earshot about his extensive knowledge of southwest archeological sites
  5. If Annie had brought a laptop we could chat with her rather than have to talk
  6. Cyrus gets up late, but has a lot of spirit
  7. It would be good to set up a free skool alpha drupal instances
  8. Our barrista is cute in an apron
  9. git is confusing but powerful
  10. Dodge observes that when you are doing work and are about 27 sub-tasks deep, it is difficult to remember what you were doing originally 
  11. If you thought talking loudly on a cell phone in a cafe was irritating, wait until the guy next to you Skypes someone, talking loudly to a small (but loud) tinny voice. "Can you see me?!"  **waves and smiles broadly**

Thursday, October 7, 2010

SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
Thu Nov 4th, 18th, Dec 2nd, 16th, 30th, Jan 13th, 27th - 5-7:30pm

The second class in the hacktivism series.
Wikipedia says that "Hacktivism . . . is the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools in pursuit of political ends." The goal of this class is to learn and use these tools in order to create the technical infrastructures needed for radical endeavors. If you have ideas for projects, skills to share, or simply an interest, join us! From programming to electronics to social/network engineering. Let's create opensource projects and knowledgebases that our widespread communities can use.