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NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE
11 December 2019, 10:45 pm

NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE

Posted 12 Dec, 2019 6:45:07 UTC

The new edition of Off The Hook from 11/12/2019 has been archived and is now available online.


NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE
10 December 2019, 5:15 pm

NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

Posted 11 Dec, 2019 1:15:21 UTC

The new edition of Off The Wall from 10/12/2019 has been archived and is now available online.


2600 HOLIDAY SPECIALS NOW AVAILABLE
2 December 2019, 11:12 am

As part of our strict adherence to Cyber Monday, we've made a number of special items available for our loyal readers as well as anyone else who happens to stumble into our store for the month of December.

Simply visit store.2600.com to see some pretty good deals on everything from hacker clothing to subscriptions to digital versions of the magazine - past, present, and future.

And, of course, you can always wander the digital aisles to find all kinds of other items we keep in stock. All while staying off the roads.

 


HOPE 2020 INITIAL TICKET SALES WEDNESDAY
11 November 2019, 9:21 am

Our 13th conference is taking place next summer in a brand new location as you've probably heard. We expect it to be bigger and better than ever with lots more activities and space - all without leaving New York City!

Since this is #13, we figured we'd make an initial batch of tickets available on November 13th at precisely 13:13 Eastern Time (that's 1:13 pm for those who don't do 24 hour clocks). We'll be offering them for only $10 more than what the last conference cost. We expect these to sell out in around one second (no kidding), so be prepared to do some fast typing. You may be able to jump ahead in line if you already have your info saved in our store. The link will be store.2600.com/products/tickets-to-the-hope-2020-first-batch . You will get a "not found" error before the appointed time - this is normal. You can buy up to four tickets at a time. If you somehow manage to buy more or figure out a way to get to our page before 13:13 on Wednesday, you will earn our hearty congratulations, but no tickets. Sorry, those are the rules.

HOPE 2020 will be held from July 31st to August 2nd at St. John's University in Queens. We will have on campus housing, as well as special deals with hotels in the area. All of that info will be posted at hope.net in the weeks and months ahead. As this is a major expansion of what we've done in the past, we'll need more volunteers than ever to make it all possible. There is much organization already underway and we are determined to make this our best conference yet, fix the problems we've encountered in previous years, and have the support and enthusiasm of our entire community. You will be seeing much more specific info on all of this, as well as ways you can get involved and make hacker history.

If you're one of the many who don't get tickets on Wednesday, please don't fret. There will be more opportunities. Best of luck!

 


WBAI REGAINS LOCAL CONTROL - "OFF THE HOOK" RETURNS WEDNESDAY
7 November 2019, 12:07 pm

New York State Supreme Court Judge Melissa Crane has reinstated a temporary restraining order that prevents the takeover of WBAI by what was in effect a rogue faction of the Pacifica network. On October 7th, the station, which airs the "Off The Hook" hacker program, was forcibly shut down by Pacifica officials without the consent of the Pacifica National Board. Those people have since been either suspended or fired. However, the battle isn't over and the financial crisis at both the station and throughout the network remains a major challenge.

For now at least, it's a time to celebrate. You can stream the station via wbai.org. And next Wednesday, "Off The Hook" returns to the airwaves for the first time since September.

 


THE LATEST NEWS ON HOPE
21 October 2019, 12:50 pm

We have good news. There will be a HOPE in 2020. And we expect it to be better than ever.

For several months, we have been looking for a venue that would have the needed space and flexibility for HOPE. Thanks to the efforts of many - and the massive amount of suggestions and support from attendees - we've found a new location for the conference that's much, much better than what we had before.

HOPE will take place at St. John's University in Queens from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020. It's still in New York City, easily accessible by mass transit, and well positioned to do everything we've done in the past.

But here's where things get different - and better. The space we now have access to is far bigger than what we have been working with in the past. Here is what that means:

 

  • At least four speaking tracks with rooms as big or bigger than what we've used in the past.

 

  • Enough extra space to duplicate what we've done with exhibitions, workshops, vendors, and displays.

 

  • 24 hour access to as much of the space as we need.

 

  • More than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space to use for additional projects.

 

  • Many additional rooms for new projects or additional speaker tracks.

 

  • Buildings that are close together and spacious.

 

  • Plenty of chill space for people to hang out and socialize.

 

  • A network at least three times faster than our already record-breaking speeds.

 

  • A healthy campus environment with people who appreciate who we are.

 

  • Options to reserve dorm rooms or suites onsite for less than the cost of a hotel.

 

  • Food options throughout the event onsite.

 

  • Nearby hotel space or a one-stop train ride to midtown Manhattan.

 

  • Only minutes away from JFK and LaGuardia airports.

 

  • Free parking for those driving in and no Manhattan traffic to deal with.

We could go on. But we're absolutely thrilled at what this place has to offer. And best of all, we're able to get so much more while keeping the price change minimal. For many, HOPE will cost less due to all the new options (parking, accommodations, food) that we didn't have before.

A whole lot has been accomplished and we believe we're about to open a brand new chapter for the entire community. But now the real work begins.

Expanding the conference to this degree will require massive coordination and more involvement from more people. We'll need to improve in the areas where we fell short and make the magic that HOPE conferences are known for even better. There will be frequent updates on all of this, including ways you can get involved. The official HOPE call for participation will be released around the start of 2020. We will be asking for volunteers, speakers, workshops, villages, and many more ideas.

And as is our tradition, we'll start offering the first batch of tickets in November. More info on that will be out soon.

If you have thoughts you'd like to share about this new HOPE chapter, please email us at hope@hope.net. We can't always respond personally due to the huge amount of feedback we get, but we do read everything and we'll be putting together a FAQ to address questions or issues that come up. For now, we're thrilled that the HOPE tradition will continue, and that we'll be doing something very different this time. We really hope you can be a part of it.

 


HOPE ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR MONDAY
17 October 2019, 11:26 am

As mentioned in the new issue of 2600, we've set Monday, October 21st as the date where we make public what our plans for the future of HOPE are. The recent tripling of costs at Hotel Pennsylvania put the entire future of the conference in jeopardy and we've been working all summer (and now it's apparently autumn) to try and find solutions. We appreciate all of the well wishers who have written in and really given us the strength to move forward. You can still write to us at hope@hope.net.

Please also help us spread word of our brand new DRM-free PDF version of our new issue. Every purchase helps in both the continued operations of 2600 and future projects like HOPE. You can get your copy here.


UPDATE ON WBAI AND "OFF THE HOOK'
17 October 2019, 10:44 am

On October 15th, District Judge Engelmayer (Southern District of New York) extended the New York State Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) from October 18th through the end of the next hearing, which is scheduled for next Monday, October 21st. Prior to the hearing, the parties are to submit briefs in support or opposition of the extension of the TRO.

While Pacifica has been ordered not to lay anyone off at WBAI, they have refused to allow them to operate the station and automated programming from California continues to be piped in with no local broadcasting permitted. This includes "Off The Hook" which has been kept off the air for the past couple of weeks.

The hearing will take place Monday, October 21st at 3pm in Courtroom 1305 at the  U.S. Courthouse, 40 Centre Street, New York, NY. You can email the Pacifica National Board to voice your opinion at pnb@pacifica.org.

 


AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
15 October 2019, 8:36 am

The Autumn issue of 2600 is now out. And this one is pretty historic.

For the first time, we're offering a brand new issue in DRM-free PDF format. This is an experiment to see if we can reach all kinds of new people - or old people we've lost touch with over the years for one reason or another. You can help by spreading the word in whatever way you can. Of course, we still have all of the other digital formats (Kindle, Nook, Google Play) plus the standard paper edition.

We've also made the paper edition much easier to find. If you're in the United States, simply click here for a handy guide to all of the known stores that sell 2600. Of course, nothing beats the ease of subscribing and having issues sent directly to you.

And regarding those other digital formats, you can find them all here.

 


LOCKOUT AT WBAI - "OFF THE HOOK" INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED - UPDATE
7 October 2019, 11:41 am

On the morning of October 7, 2019, staffers at WBAI in New York were locked out and all programming suspended. According to the Pacifica Foundation (parent of WBAI), this was done due to "serious and persistent financial losses at WBAI." This necessitated the foundation laying off all the staff.

But, as with most things, it's not quite that simple. For one, the implication that WBAI is responsible for all of Pacifica's financial woes is simply not true. There has long been hostility towards WBAI from other members of the network who believe that too much money is being spent on New York rents and that selling the station's valuable license could benefit the rest of the network. However, many of the problems WBAI has faced in recent years came about as a direct result of Pacifica actions. For instance, WBAI's recent financial crisis caused by being locked into an exhorbitant transmitter lease to the Empire State Building only happened because Pacifica signed that lease. There are numerous other examples, but the point is that it's inaccurate and unfair to blame one station for problems that the entire network is responsible for. We also question the wisdom of suspending all programming at the beginning of a month-long fund drive.

So for now, "Off The Hook" is off the air. Yes, we can always do a podcast, but we're a radio show and half the magic is reaching those people who aren't on the net while also talking to those who are. We intend to fight to preserve that. We hope you join us.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, October 8, an injunction has been granted that allows WBAI to resume operations. We now expect "Off The Hook" to air in its normal timeslot this Wednesday. Stay tuned for further updates.

 


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