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Audio Recordings of 1999 EF-Forums Programs

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Thursday July 1, 1999

Friday July 2, 1999

Saturday July 3, 1999

Sunday July 4, 1999


Fri., 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
(No program)
Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
SPAM:  Using Existing Law to Stop Spam 
Civil law has been used to stop spam and shut down spam companies such as CyberPromotions.  Attorney Pete Wellborn discusses how he has won multi-million dollar judgements against spammers to force them to stop their illegal activities.  Panelists: Pete Wellborn (Partner, Arnall, Golden, & Gregory)
Sun., 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
HACKING 301: Future Plans 
The aftermath of DragonCon 1999, future plans, and more hacking info. Panelists: Various members of Southeastern 2600.
Fri., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
BYE, BYE, FREEDOM: The Internet is Under Centralized Control (and Nobody Even Noticed)  
The Internet is not so decentralized and free-wheeling as you might expect. A few organizations control key strategic resources where centralized control can be exerted. Learn about these central points of control and the contoversy surrounding organizations that shape the policy for these controls. Panelist: Prof. Hans Klein, Georgia Institute of Technology, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Sat., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS:  Big Brother in Real Life 
Despite public law such as the Federal Privacy Act, the government is indexing and classifying us with databases.  Federal law passed in 1996 requires all states to obtain social security numbers from all license applicants, and all employers to report newly hired employees' SSN to a central database for locating and tracking deadbeat dads.  Employment, insurance, health care, driving, financial records are now all linked using a person's social security number - is this too much centralized information?.    Panelist: Scott McDonald, mod. (publisher S.C.A.N. newsletter)  
Sun., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
(No program)
Thurs., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
FREEDOM OF SPEECH ON THE WEB:  How Large Corporations Suppress Individual's Web Sites 
The largest threat to Free Speech on the net comes not from the gov't, but from corporations who use the threat of lawsuits to take web sites down. One current lawsuit involves the U-Hell web site.  Panelists: J. Scott McClain, mod. (Partner, Bounderant, Elmore, Mixson)
Fri., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
ENCRYPTION CONTROLS:  Why Does the Government Want To Control The Use Of Encryption Software?  
The Administration, the Justice Department and the NSA promote strict controls on the export of strong encryption, and key escrow for domestic use of encryption. Can a balance be struck between privacy and security? An overview of applicable regulations, international agreements, and pending legislation, plus an analysis of the recent Bernstein case, in which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw a wrench into the export control scheme. What does it all mean?  Panelists:  Jim Butler, mod. (Partner, Arnall, Golden, & Gregory).
Sat., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
MP3:  Digital Music 
The MP3 format is a way to distribute CD quality music over the net.  A format the Recording Industry may not want your to hear. Hear local bands talk about how for them Digital Music over the internet is the only way to distribute their music and gives them a worldwide audience.  Panelists: Chuck Chittick, mod. (Voodoo Sex Stuff)
Sun., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
REMAILER PRIVACY:  Will Your ISP or Remailer Release Private Info About You or Cancel Your Account? 
An overview of abuse claims and demands from recipients of messages on usenet and email.  For instance, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a neo pagan organization from the 1800's has been demanding ISPs, including DragonCon.net provide them with private information about users.  Learn the truth about your legal rights to privacy. Panelists: Robert Costner, mod. (Executive Director, EFGA), Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator)
Thurs., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
PATENTS ON THE WEB:  Lawsuits Over Web Site Design
Mr. Harris, an intellectual property attorney, explains how some businesses are patenting their web site design hoping others will not be able to compete with them..  Panelists: John Harris, mod. (Senior Partner, Jones & Askew)
Fri., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
CDA II:  Reducing All Internet Content to That Which Is Suitable for Children
After the defeat of the Communication Decency Act as unconstitutional, Congress have done it again in the name of protecting the children. The challenge against the new law says that Congress is trying to prohibit normal speech adults engage in such as many books movies found at our malls and shopping centers.  See where the legal challenge stands and what implications this has for us.   Panelists: Jim Butler, mod. & Pete Wellborn (Partners, Arnall, Golden & Gregory)
Sat., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
SPAM: How to Stop Spam and Net Abuse 
Spam interferes with our daily communications.  It drives up the cost of reading our email and makes some newsgroups unreadable.  A quick primer on how to deal with net abuse with an explanation of spam resources to help out.  Panelists: Sean Michael Whipkey, Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator)
Sun., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
DIGITAL MUSIC:  MP3 & Real Audio Workshop 
Learn how to make your own digital music recordings using both Real Audio and MP3 formats.  Record your own material or play back music from popular bands such as can be found at www.mp3.com Panelists: Chuck Chittick, mod. (Voodoo Sex Stuff), Patrick Burns.
Thurs., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
(No program)
Fri., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS:  An Alternative to Cable Modems, ISDN, and Plain Old Telephone Service 
ADSL, SDSL, ISDN, Cable Modems?  What are they?  How do they compare?  What do they cost?  Can I have it now? A look at how to get fast internet access in your home or business.  Can you imagine speeds greater than a T1 for little more than you pay now?  Panelists:  Brett Koller, mod. (ComStar Communications)
Sat., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
TAP/YIPL:  A History of the Early Days of Hacking 
The former publisher of TAP/YIPL (the earliest and until  recently longest-running hack/phreak zine, originally started   by Abbie Hoffman) gives a history of TAP/YIPL and discusses the early days of hacking during the Vietnam War, the MA Bell monopoly and the dawn of the  personal computer revolution.  Panelists: Cheshire Catalyst.
Sun., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
(No program)
Thurs., 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Activism in the world of cyberliberties is a strange animal.  We'll take a brief look at our history and see where the future may lead us.  Activism has been tried as something done grass roots by all volunteers, by groups with paid staff, and by organizations backed by corporate donations.  We'll look at each model and compare their strengths and weaknesses.  Panelists: Robert Costner, mod.
Fri., 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
VIRTUAL PROPERTY:  Games Like Ultima Online Create Virtual Property Which People Are Buying for Real Money 
Games such as Dungeons and dragons are played with characters and possessions which are kept in a sharp mind.  Online games, such as Ultima, produce characters which are stored on the company's servers.  This virtual property which only exists in cyberspace is now being sold for real dollars and even auctioned off at places like www.ebay.com.   The first character sold for around $300 on the secondary market.  Now with the acute shortage of online real estate, a house on UO has been known to sell for as much as $5,000 real US currency.  The Pink Atheena from the Great Lakes shard of Ultima will be talking about virtual property and how games can make a positive change in real life.  Panelists: The Pink Atheena, mod., Shirley, Remee
Sat., 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
BIOMETRICS:  Fingerprints on Driver's Licenses 
Federal Immigration Reform law passed in 1996 requires all states to standardize driver's licenses by October 1, 2000, to include fingerprints.  Five states currently require fingerprints for driver's licenses, two have defeated the same measure.  Will standardization result in a de facto national ID? Panelists: Scott McDonald, mod. (publisher S.C.A.N. newsletter)


Thurs., 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
(No program)
Fri., 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
HACKING 101:  Exploring 
Hacking is not criminal activity, but rather an exploration into computers and programming by enthusiasts.  An Introduction to hacking culture, separating the truth from the BS.  Panelists: Various members of Southeastern 2600.
Sat.., 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
ANONYMOUS REMAILERS:  Protecting Your Identity on the Net 
PGP encryption powered Cypherpunk and Mixmaster remailers, along with NymServers form a global network to protect the identities of their users.  Learn how and why they communicate protected by anonymity that cannot be broken even by governments and large corporations. Panelists: Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator), Robert Costner   (Executive Director, EFGA)


Thurs., 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
L.U.C.I.D:  A Global Identification and Tracking Database 
Law enforcement agencies have proposed and are putting in place a huge cross-referenced database to identify and track everyone on the planet.  The system uses satellites and taps into other databases.   Panelists:  Tom Possick, mod., Joe D'ambrosio.
Fri., 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
WEB CAM GIRLS:  They Must Be Afraid of the Dark.  They Sleep With Their Lights On. 
The internet has introduced a a new form of popular culture - WebCam girls.  They even sleep with a camera pointed at them so you can see them on the Web.  This is emerging New Media if I ever saw it.  Do they do it for money?  Many sites are free.  Do people log on to see nudity?   Many webcam girls have no nudity on their sites.  Come hear about the fishbowl of their universe.  Contains mature themes.  Panelists: Dawn Marie, Samantha, Cloei, Tiffany, and Mystrys.
Sat., 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
HACKING 201:  Exploring Computer Systems   
More technical than HACKING 101; pointers to free books, papers,  operating systems, groups, hardware, software, organizations (NLUG, EFGA, etc); the tech stuff we couldn't go into last year,  especially DIY robotics, lasers, radio, high-powered rockets, satellites.  Panelists: Various members of Southeastern 2600.

Your 1999 EF-Forums Staff:
  Robert A. Costner
Director of EF-Forums Programming

Scott M. Jones
Hans Enders


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