16-22 May 2007 Four Free Software Gatherings
Stephen Weinberg will speak on ssh, Wednesday 16 May 2007
On Wednesday, 16 May 2007 at 7:00 pm at the GNU/Linux SIG of the
Westchester PCUG, Stephen Weinberg will present a talk on using
ssh to defend insecure links.
Official notice below my signature. (The notice says that
Wednesday is is the 17th, not the 16th. I here assume that the
day is Wednesday the 16th of May 2007.)
Building the Broadband Economy, Thursday and Friday, 17 and 18 May 2007
On Thursday and Friday, 17 and 18 May 2007, there will be a big
conference on Building the Broadband Economy at Polytechnic
University in Brooklyn, New York. Gale Brewer, head of the
Technology in Government Committee of the New York City Council
will speak, as will many other distinguished guests. Poly is in
downtown Brooklyn, and the A, B, C, 2, 3, M, R, 4, and other
subway lines are within two blocks of Poly. For more information
Official notice below my signature.
Personal Democracy Forum, Friday 18 May 2007
On Friday 18 May 2007 at Pace University in downtown New York the
Personal Democracy Forum will meet. Several famous and infamous
speakers are scheduled. I believe the eating and drinking will
be good. For full information see:
New York City Broadband Committee Hearing, Tuesday 22 May 2007
On Monday 30 April 2007 a hearing was held in City Hall in
Manhattan on City Council Resolution 712, a resolution in favor
of Net Neutrality. Text of resolution:
Resolution 712 was introduced in the City Council in February
2007, sponsored by Council Member Gale Brewer. Res. 712 calls
upon the United States Congress "to codify strong network
neutrality principles in order to insure that the Internet will
continue to foster innovation, increase competition, and spur
economic growth as well as making the Internet faster and more
affordable for all.". Testimony was taken and recordings are at:
The next public hearing dealing with Net Neutrality is scheduled
for noon, Tuesday 22 May 2007 in Brooklyn's Boro Hall, right next
to Polytech University. It is important that those who know what
the Net is, and want to keep the Net free, come to this and the
other hearings to be held in Queens, Staten Island, and
For information about the Broadband Committee see:
Below my signature is a long official notice of several
Broadband Committee events, including information on how you can
Personal remark: The free software movement is a political
movement. In New York City the Broadband Committee hearings
offer a platform for us to speak in favor of freedom of the Net.
Oddly, in the obscure knot of issues called "the digital divide",
severely mathematical principles of engineering are deep entwined
with the politics and economics. Entwined, but mostly invisible
to the newspapers and network TV. Let us say what we want, and
let us clearly convey the facts of the matter: We want the Net,
the real and true Net we built, and we can get our Net, at high
speed, and low cost, by providing enough bandwidth.
Jay Sulzberger <email@example.com>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 11:34:47 -0400
From: "Edward J. Weinberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: nylug <email@example.com>
On Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 pm 14 year old son, Stephen will be
speaking about using SSH tunneling to provide a secure connection over
insecure networks such as WiFi at the Westchester PCUG Linux Sig.
He also tells me that it might work as a proxy to get around his
school's "net nanny". He will be explaining how to do it from Linux and
(using Putty) from Windows.
Details at www.linuxpcug.org
Subject: Intelligent Community Forum
Building the Broadband Economy 2007
ICF will hold the 2007 edition of its annual Building the Broadband
Economy conference on May 17-18 at Polytechnic University in New York
City, in association with Polytechnic's Institute for Technology &
Enterprise. Now in its fourth year, BBE2007 is an international
meeting place and idea exchange for government officials and their
private-sector partners in telecom, IT, finance, real estate and
consulting. It's a unique opportunity to learn from the world's most
innovative communitie show they [EMBED] have made the broadband economy
work for them, sometimes against great odds. It offers a
global perspective on the best ways to create broadband infrastructure,
attract knowledge workers, foster innovation and implement e-government
that contributes to economic growth and bridges the digital divide.
Featured speakers include IBM Global Government's Todd Ramsey, Deputy
Mayor Daniele Auffray of the City of Paris, Verizon's Anthony DiMaso
and Gale Brewer of the New York City Council.
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Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 19:25:37 -0400
From: Bruce Lai <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: E-Update for the Committee on Technology in Government of the New
York City Council (April 22, 2007).
The following are upcoming hearings to be convened by the Committee
on Technology in Government of the New York City Council. The Committee
is chaired by Council Member Gale A. Brewer (Manhattan, Council District
6). If you have any questions about the Committee's hearing schedule,
please contact Jeff Baker (email@example.com /
212-788-9193), Counsel to the Committee on Technology in Government, or
Colleen Pagter (firstname.lastname@example.org / 212-788-9085), Policy
Analyst to the Committee on Technology in Government. Feel free to
suggest potential hearing topics to Jeff and Colleen as well.
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
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THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL NEW YORK (IN THE HUFFINGTON POST)
I recently published a blog post in the Huffington Post regarding
the Gale and I's championing of the New York City Broadband Advisory
Committee and the issue of universal, affordable access to broadband in
New York City.
NEW YORK CITY BROADBAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Brooklyn Public Hearing Announcement
On Tuesday, May 22nd from Noon to 3 pm, in the Courtroom hearing room
in the Brooklyn Borough Hall, the New York City Broadband Advisory
Committee will convene its second public hearing to hear testimony from
Brooklyn residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Gale and I
would like to thank the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty
Markowitz for their help in securing this beautiful space. Brooklyn
Borough Hall is located at 209 Joralemon Street in downtown Brooklyn.
Here is a link to a Google map of where the hearing location, including
where the closest subway stops are:
If you would like to testify at this hearing, please contact Jeff
Baker (email@example.com / 212-788-9193), Counsel to the
Committee on Technology in Government. Brooklyn residents, nonprofit
organizations and businesses are particularly encouraged to testify.
If you would like to help do community outreach for this hearing,
please contact Ryan Merola (firstname.lastname@example.org / 212-788-6975).
If you are a member of the press and would like more information
about the Advisory Committee, please contact Bruce Lai,
(email@example.com / 212-788-6975), Chief of Staff to Council
Member Gale A. Brewer.
For more information, visit the unofficial website of the NYC
Broadband Advisory Committee: http://nycbroadband.blogspot.com/.
Recap of the Bronx Public Hearing
On Friday, March 30th, more than 200 people joined us on at Bronx
Community College for the first-ever public hearing on broadband in New
York City. Over 30 members of the public testified, including Bronx
residents, public school students, leaders of nonprofit organizations
and small business owners.
The press release for the Bronx hearing is at the following web
The following are links to articles about the hearing in the Bronx
on March 30th:
* NY Daily News:
* Norwood News:
* Chelsea Now: http://www.chelseanow.com/cn_27/chelseahighschool.html
* Civil Defense: http://breitbart.wordpress.com/2007/04/03/bac-audio/
The following are some of the testimonies given during the Bronx
hearing (click on each name to go to the testimony):
* Andrew Gallagher
Public school teacher from the Bronx
* Angel Aracena
Director of Educational Technology for West Farms Technology &
Career Center, Bronx
* Seth Johnson
Coordinator, Dynamic Platform Standards Project
* Joshua Breitbart
Policy Director for People's Production House (PPH)
* Gary Axelbank
Director of Public Relations at Monroe College, Bronx
* Kayza Kleinman
Director, Nonprofit Help Desk, Jewish Community Council of Greater
The video for the entire hearing is at the following web link:
http://www.bronxnet.org/c_program/whats_new/whats_new.htm. (Thank you
An audio report (or podcast) of the Bronx hearing (2-hour integral
format, or 3-minute summary) is also available at the following web links:
Here's a list of the members of the Advisory Committee along with
Finally, here's a briefing paper on the subject of broadband:
(Thank you Colleen Pagter!)
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