Stop mandatory data retention

Got this email from our friends at EFF:

Dear friends,

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 1981, a bill that would order all of our online service providers to keep new logs about our online activities, logs to help the government identify the web sites we visit and the content we post online. This sweeping new “mandatory data retention” proposal treats every Internet user like a potential criminal and represents a clear and present danger to the online free speech and privacy rights of millions of innocent Americans.

Please, contact your Representative today and ask them to oppose this dangerous bill:

Thank you for all that you do to help us safeguard online rights,

Rainey R., Richard E., Eva G. and the rest of the team

Help dc414 and the EFF stop mandatory data retention, contact your Representative and spread the word!

Thanks all!

Thanks to everyone that came to our haphazard pre-DC19 dc414 meeting 🙂 We held this meeting so ngharo and I could get a better idea of what to talk about at DC19 and we got just that! We also had time to shoot the shit a little and talk about up coming events and meetings. So thank you again everyone that came out! Even though this wasn’t a normal dc414 meeting I still felt the need to give out free crap, every one congrat Lady Zsa Zsa on winning a awesome Diskette Manager 3, works best on DOS 2.3 and above 😛

lady zsa zsa holder her winnings

Aaron Swartz indicted.

Got this email from the good group of people at Demand Progress:

Shocking news: Moments ago former Demand Progress Executive Director Aaron Swartz was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading so many journal articles constitutes felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison. We disagree.

Will you click here to sign our petition of support for Aaron?

The charges are made all the more senseless by the fact that the alleged victim has settled any claims against Aaron, explained they’ve suffered no loss or damage, and asked the government not to prosecute.

James Jacobs, the Government Documents Librarian at Stanford University — where Aaron did undergraduate work — denounced the arrest: “Aaron’s prosecution undermines academic inquiry and democratic principles,” Jacobs said. “It’s incredible that the government would try to lock someone up for allegedly looking up articles at a library.”

Will you click here to show your support for Aaron?

Thanks for your support and concern as we help see Aaron through these tough times. We’ll keep you updated.

— The Demand Progress team

This is just unreal and needs to be stopped here! Help Demand Progress and end this kind of crap for good!! Also if you can Demand Progress needs donations to fund their fight. Anything will help im sure, see their site for more details on that.

dc414 @ DEFCON19

ngharo and I will be giving a presentation at DEFCON19!! DefCon Groups asked us to talk a little about dc414. Like about how we run it, what we do at meetings, what we do in public, and other odds and ends. This will be a first and a honor for the both of us, It should be lots of fun 🙂

Know you rights event post… post and news

The know your rights event was a huge success!! We took a bunch of pictures which we will be uploading later. I big thanks to Candlelight Collective, Waring R. Fincke, M.Peters Trucking, and the dc414 crew for making the event happen!!

And in other news, because most of us will be at DEFCON at the time our normal dc414 meeting takes place we will be moving the date to August 12th. Things will be back to normal in September.