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Meeting Hopes

May 18, 2011

I have two hopes for these meetings:

  1. I want them to be a free exchange of information, whatever that information might be. The 2600 meeting that I attended, http://london2600.org.uk/, didn’t have a set topic and, from what I understand, this is the norm. We discussed anything that was technology related.

2.   I want to improve the image of the hacker community in this area, e.g. reaching out to the local media sources and showing them that hacking is not about breaking into other peoples computers and stealing their identities but rather it is   about intellectual curiousity and the desire to learn.

In order to get our group recognized by 2600 the following guidelines need to be met:

1) We meet in a public area. Nobody is excluded. There is no admission charge or dues of any sort. It’s preferable to have meetings in as open a spot as possible rather than behind closed doors. This ensures that new people who don’t know about the meetings will be drawn in. We have nothing to hide and we don’t presume to judge who is worthy of attending and who is not. If law enforcement harasses us, it will backfire as it did at the infamous Washington DC meeting in 11/92. (You can find more information on this event in the Secret Service section of our web site.)

2) We act in a responsible manner. We don’t do illegal things and we don’t cause problems for the place we’re meeting in. *Most* 2600 meetings are welcomed by the establishments we choose.

3) We meet on the first Friday of the month between 5 pm and 8 pm local time. While there will always be people who can’t make this particular time, the same will hold true for *any* time or day chosen. By having all of the meetings on the same day, it makes it very easy to remember, opens up the possibility for inter-meeting communication, and really causes hell for the federal agencies who want to monitor everything we do. (A few meetings have slight variations on the meeting time – these are noted accordingly.)

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After we initially meet at Starbucks, we will probably move to a better location, since that location is rather small. After the first meeting, we will probably have to find a better meeting location in Albany so I am open to suggestions.

I hope to see many people there.

–Tim

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