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NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE
30 June 2020, 6:04 pm

NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

Posted 01 Jul, 2020 1:04:37 UTC

The new edition of Off The Wall from 06/30/2020 has been archived and is now available online.

15 June 2020, 11:45 am

Preparations for HOPE 2020 are continuing. As announced, HOPE 2020 is being transformed into an entirely virtual experience and we want to make that as amazing as we possibly can. We're still accepting applications for speakers and workshops. Full details are at

We've tripled the length of the event to span *nine* days (July 25th to August 2nd, 2020) and we will have a different keynote for each of them.

Here are the first four keynotes:

Cindy Cohn is an American civil liberties attorney specializing in Internet law. After serving for 15 years as Legal Director and General Counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, she became its Executive Director in 2015. In 2006, Cohn was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. In November 2018, she was featured among Americas Top 50 Women In Tech by Forbes. Cohn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tor Project, Inc.

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who served as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics. His most recent novel is Walkaway (2017) and his most recent collection of novellas is Radicalized (2019).

Richard Thieme is a former priest who became a commentator on technology and culture, founding the consulting firm ThiemeWorks. He is the author of the syndicated column Islands in the Clickstream, which was published in 60 countries and in 2004 was turned into a book of the same name. In 2010 he published a book of short stories (Mind Games) and in 2012 he contributed to the peer-reviewed academic work, UFOs and Government, a Historical Inquiry. Regarded as a member of the cyber avant-garde, Thieme has spoken at various conferences since the mid-1990s, focusing on the impact of new technologies on individuals and organizational structures, with an emphasis on security and intelligence, and he has become somewhat of a father figure to many in the hacker subculture.

Jaron Lanier is an American computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music. Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, Lanier left Atari in 1985 to co-found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves. In the late 1990s, Lanier worked on applications for Internet2, and in the 2000s, he was a visiting scholar at Silicon Graphics and various universities. In 2006 he began to work at Microsoft, and from 2009 has worked at Microsoft Research as an Interdisciplinary Scientist. His most recent book is Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.


3 June 2020, 12:27 pm

This has been a long and painful saga for us as we've had to sit helplessly by and wait for action to be taken on our Spring issue, which officially came out in April. Most of our sales come from Barnes and Noble, which remains in a mostly shut down state. For reasons unknown to us, magazines were unable to be included in their curbside service, so even our remaining Winter issues that were in the stores were unable to be sold. Add to that instances of distributors suspending payments due to the pandemic, and we find ourselves not even getting paid for remaining sales of the Autumn issue! All of this while having to pay all of OUR bills and even being subjected to a penalty charge for not being able to ship our new issue to the places that had ordered it and were now refusing to accept it. This has been a first class nightmare.

But we digress. It took a very long time, but we've managed to get the Spring issues that were already printed with nowhere to go into stores that we normally wouldn't be found in. So rather than just trash them all, we thought we might as well run an experiment and see if maybe there's a market for us in these rather unusual locations. So you may now find us in supermarket chains like Kroger, Albertsons, Ralphs, and something called  King Soopers.

Here is an easy tool to help find 2600 in all of these places. Just type '2600' and your zip code to find the nearest location where we're being sold. Now, because of the way distributors work, this tool doesn't include some retail outlets or regions of the country where we're actually sold. So we urge you to continue to consult our master store list in order to know all of your options.

Now that we've finally gotten to this point, we can begin the long recovery process and start working on our Summer issue, which will obviously be late. But the fact that there even IS a new issue to look forward to is something to celebrate. We are all still doing this mostly out of love and also because we're extremely stubborn.

If you're looking for ways to help 2600, the best thing you can do is get a ticket to HOPE 2020, which is now a virtual conference and one we hope will make a lot of people happy. Please submit a talk idea or reach out to others who you think would give a good presentation. We will make sure all talks/panels are presented smoothly in either a pre-recorded or live setting from locations all over the world. Check out the HOPE website for more ways you can get involved, including workshops, technical skills, music, and more. Together we can turn disappointment into triumph.


28 May 2020, 10:52 am

HOPE 2020 will take place online from July 25 through August 2, 2020.

Hackers from all corners of the world will convene virtually for nine days of online presentations from a wide variety of sources. You can be one of them!

We want as many elements of the hacker community as possible to be a part of this historic event. You too can give a talk or be part of a panel. While we all would prefer to be there in person, this provides an opportunity for anyone to share their ideas from wherever they happen to be. Simply email your talk proposal to

You should include a proposed title, an abstract, and a short bio for each speaker. Provide enough information so it is clear why HOPE attendees would find your topic interesting, new, and relevant. Make it clear why YOU are the right person or people to give this presentation. Most speaker/panel sessions will be allotted 40 minutes for the session, and then 10 minutes for live Q&A. If your talk is accepted, we will provide full assistance in getting it ready for your timeslot, whether you choose to pre-record or present your talk live.

All types of presentations are encouraged, from solo talks to panels, debates, demonstrations, and interactive discussions. Presenters must consider the viability of their session for an entirely online presentation method.

Your presentation can be made in ANY language or dialect. Please submit the abstract and biography in English, though, since that is the language that HOPE uses to communicate with presenters and attendees. If you intend to give your presentation in a language other than English, please mention this in your talk proposal.

Submissions should highlight their relevance to hacking. They should be original, and not previously presented. We encourage presenters from all age groups and backgrounds.

HOPE is an inclusive event, seeking civil discourse and education on all topics related to the hacker world. HOPE encourages all approaches and interpretations to hacking, presented by hackers, makers, developers, teachers, learners, and experimenters. If you have a passion for discovering how things work and sharing that knowledge, you have the hacker spirit.

Some topics from past HOPE events, and new topics of interest, include:

- Hacker approaches to fighting 2020's massive health and social challenges
- Information, disinformation, and information literacy
- Technologies, along with their benefits and risks
- Social engineering
- Education
- Hacker culture and lifestyles
- Effecting social change
- Industry, government, commerce, and multinationals
- Science, engineering, and math
- Body modification, hacking, and enhancement
- Phones, networks, and telecommunication
- Hardware and software
- Secrets and disclosures
- Data, privacy, encryption, and policy
- Outer space and beyond
- How-to's / DIY (for beginners or any level)
...and much, much more

All submissions will receive an automated response. (You won't get multiple responses if you email us more than once in a short period of time, but we will still get your email.) Notices of acceptance will be mailed out in the weeks ahead. Send all submissions to

All speakers will be given full access to the conference, which includes Q&A sessions with each presenter, a commemorative conference t-shirt that will only be given to conference attendees, and a special HOPE 2020 badge. If you want to help with coordinating this historic event, send an email to

*** HOPE 2020 - July 25 to August 2, 2020 - Everywhere ***


19 May 2020, 11:21 am

While we all want things to go back to normal, the science just doesn't make that possible. July and August may still seem far away, but there simply is no way the COVID-19 crisis will be over by then, even in the best-case scenario. We had planned on waiting until June to make a final decision, but it's become clear that planning an in-person conference simply wouldn't be the responsible thing to do. Nothing matters more than the health and safety of our attendees. Yes, this will be a financial kick in the teeth for us. But it's one we'll willingly take as the mere possibility of putting any of you at risk is unconscionable.

We want to be clear on one important point. Apart from the obvious disappointment of not being able to host this historic event at a new venue we were so looking forward to, we want everyone to come out of this not feeling dissatisfaction beyond that. More on that later.

This is what we're now looking at:

We are NOT canceling HOPE. Instead, we are changing what this year's HOPE will be.

HOPE 2020 will now be a NINE DAY EVENT, beginning on Saturday, July 25th and running until Sunday, August 2nd, 2020. Why did we add an entire week? Because we want some good to come out of this and we believe our community is in a position to do just that. We all know what we WON'T have without a physical conference, but let's now focus on what we CAN have with some imagination and collaboration. That's what the hacker community is all about.

We intend to have around the same number of talks as we normally do, but spread out over a much longer period and available for viewing on a high capacity stream. Those of you who bought tickets will have exclusive access to the presenters so you can ask questions, participate in workshops, and interact with other conference attendees. In addition, you will also receive a conference t-shirt and badge that won't ever be made available to anyone else.

We plan on having NINE keynote speakers, again with exclusive Q&A access for our attendees.

Participation in HOPE will no longer be bound by visas and worries of arrest by certain controversial types. So expect a dynamic and varied cast of characters. It wouldn't be HOPE without that, but now we can REALLY remove some barriers.

In addition to ongoing talks and panels, we'll also have workshops for the duration of the nine day event. Expect everything from lockpicking to soldering instruction to our infamous ham radio exams.

For the overnight hours, we're planning on having concerts, DJs, and other fun stuff. HOPE will remain a 24 hour event, but for nine days!

All of this has been - and will continue to be - a daunting task. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in varying ways. The continued survival of 2600 was quickly put into doubt as our distributors stopped paying us, bookstores with our issues in them shut down, and new issues were left in loading zones. We've lost more than half a year's income at last count and have had to stop getting paid in order to continue to survive. Making this year's HOPE a success is really the only way we can come through this.

As mentioned above, we don't want anyone to feel extra unhappy because of this. If you want a refund, we will give you one. But with all of the losses we've already suffered, we won't be able to continue existing if we have to issue very many of those. That's why we're hoping we can put together the best event possible and make this the highlight of our summer despite all that's happened.

We are in the process of accepting talk and workshop proposals that have already been submitted. We will be providing technical support so that presenters will be able to participate smoothly in a virtual environment. We are now opening up the submission process to include many more participants from all around the globe, something we never really had the ability to do before. We hope to have talks, workshops, and musical presentations from a truly international community, no longer bound by a physical presence.

While we have a dedicated team of volunteers already working on making this happen, we can definitely use many more, especially as the event draws closer and becomes bigger. Email and let us know how you think you can help. We're looking for people with experience setting up and producing live online broadcasts. We are also looking for emcees, moderators for online forums, and people to fulfill other behind-the-scenes roles.

If we get through all of this, we fully intend to hold a physical HOPE in 2021 (the first odd-year HOPE since 1997). This will also enable us to continue publishing once bookstores start opening again. All of this depends on our hacker spirit getting us through the toughest times we ever could have imagined. And if you share our enthusiasm over what this new incarnation of HOPE will mean, this summer will indeed be one to look forward to.


15 April 2020, 8:35 am

Our Spring issue has just been released. Unfortunately, it's not currently hitting the stands.

We'll get to that in a moment. For those who just want to get their hands on our new issue, here are the details:

You can subscribe and have issues mailed to you or just buy the current (Spring) issue.

There are also a bunch of digital options. Once again, we are offering this issue as a downloadable PDF. You can also find us on the Kindle (U.S. and U.K.) as well as the Nook.

We also have something brand new: a complete collection of all of the 2019 issues in downloadable PDF format!

You can see a full listing of all of our digital options here.

And this is where we would normally tell you to check our list of stores where you can find copies of our magazine.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to find this issue in stores. With most of the country and a good part of the world in quarantine, bookstores haven't been all that popular. In fact, we were told after printing the issues that our distributors ordered to not ship to them after all. We're now stuck with the entire cost of printing while distributors and stores pay nothing.

It gets worse. Our previous issue (the one still on stands) can't be sold to Barnes and Noble "curbside pickup" customers even though most everything else in their stores can be. Why? It's their "policy" that magazines can't be sold this way and that policy can't be changed despite the current circumstances. It makes no sense at all to us. Our issues are right there in the store yet they can't be sold to customers.

Rather than working out options where we might have a chance at survival, we're being told that we have to figure out what to do with all these issues or pay a penalty for not shipping them. We find ourselves in the middle of a Kafka novel where everything is stacked against the publisher because that's just how it is.

We've seen injustices before where distributors have gone out of business without paying us, sometimes simply changing their name and continuing to make millions while we don't get a dime. But this time it's different. This time what's happening affects all of us, and what we were hoping we'd see was a sense of community where we all supported one another and helped everyone get through this terrible crisis. That most certainly hasn't been the case in the publishing world.

We honestly don't know if we'll be able to publish another issue. We intend to try once we know if there's a plan or any sort of relief we can take advantage of. We haven't seen much encouragement from landlords, banks, and insurance companies who can't help and all insist on getting paid in full and on time. Meanwhile, those entities owing us checks say they can't pay us at all. Something has to give.

Of course, it will help if a huge number of people buy our digital issue or subscribe through the mail. But it would really take a phenomenal amount to make up for the losses we're expected to shoulder and we honestly don't want people to spend anything on us while there are so many worthy and essential causes to support out there. The reality is that this might be an insurmountable battle for us if we continue to face such monumental and unfair challenges. All we can do is promise you that we will do everything in our power to make it to the other side of this. And we want all of you to also make that promise - to us and those around you. This has proven to be one hell of a test for everyone and it's something a number of us will be coming to terms with for a while to come.

In the meantime, please enjoy the issue. And stay safe.

30 March 2020, 12:32 pm

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are canceling all 2600 meetings scheduled for this week. This applies even if you're in an area that's currently not afflicted by the virus. Every place that's currently in the midst of this was once unaffected. The last thing we want to do is create a situation that could potentially make matters worse. Please, no matter where you are, stay home and be safe. We will get through this and help others.

If you have alternative methods of virtual gathering for your meetings, please tweet to @2600Meetings and we'll help spread them. We look forward to seeing everyone once this is over. Stay safe.


3 February 2020, 10:02 am

Submissions are now open for workshops, in addition to speakers and more at HOPE 2020. Our 13th conference will take place at St. John's University in Queens, New York City from July 31st through August 2nd, 2020.

Do you have skills you would like to share? Then please give a workshop at HOPE! We encourage workshops over a wide variety of diverse topics.

Workshops bring an interactive experience to HOPE (hands-on learning, building, hacking, or other skills) on a wide range of topics. Whether basic or advanced, large or small, workshops are a key part of the HOPE experience. Workshops at past HOPE conferences have included: electronics, coding, how to submit FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, hacking wi-fi routers, making tea, wellness, and more.

Do you have other cool things to share that don't fit into a talk or panel? A demo? An exhibit? A breakout-session? Something else? Then share them at HOPE 2020!

You can email your proposals to

Be sure to include the following:

  • title and abstract
  • a brief bio
  • what kind of space do you prefer? Large (50 people) open area in the main hall (with tables and tools), small conference room (20 people), or large conference room (30 people). (For a demo, exhibit, or other proposal, please say what you need.)
  • do you need a projector?
  • do you need amplified sound?
  • AC power requirements
  • do you need any tools (some of which we may be able to provide)?
  • prerequisites (if any) for attendees
  • anything attendees need to bring (or download beforehand)
  • do you need anything special?

All submissions will receive an automated response.

And, of course, we're in the midst of accepting applications for talks and panels at the conference. For more info on that, visit our speaker section!

HOPE 2020

July 31-August 2, 2020

St. John's University

Queens, New York City

Both on campus and off campus discounted housing options are available.


27 January 2020, 12:36 pm

We are pleased to share news about two off-campus hotels for HOPE 2020, both in close proximity to the conference.

Conference rates are now available at two area hotels. The Fairfield Inn and Suites for $159/night and the Courtyard Marriott for $169/night, plus tax and fees. (The two hotels are next door to each other.)

Both hotels are in the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, about a five minute ride from St. John's. Use this link to make a reservation at either location. We are planning a shuttle between the hotels and St. John's.

Cost-effective campus housing options are also available. Visit our site for more information.

Tickets for HOPE are now on sale in the 2600 Store.

HOPE 2020, July 31-August 2, 2020, St. John's University, Queens, New York City

16 January 2020, 1:14 pm

Winter has come once again, which can only mean one thing: the Winter issue of 2600 is out! Here's how to get your hands on it.

Once more, we're offering this issue in PDF format. If this is successful, we will be able to expand this format, add more digital subscription options, etc. Please help spread the word so we can continue to expand.

Unfortunately, there's one less digital format available. Google has decided to no longer support what they refer to as "print replica" magazines, something we've never been called before. What we've learned from this is that it's almost always a bad idea to give such control to an entity that clearly doesn't understand the publishing world. In addition to our own PDF version, you can obtain 2600 digitally through the Kindle (U.S. and U.K.) and the Nook. You can see a full listing of all of our digital options here.

And we certainly haven't forgotten the paper edition. In fact, we're happy to hear that more bookstores are opening in the States in recent years. To see if there's one in your neighborhood that carries us, check our list of stores.

And don't forget - you can always subscribe and have issues sent directly to you!


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