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[Discuss-gnuradio] What the hack!

From: Eric Blossom
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] What the hack!
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 13:48:36 -0700
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I'll be at "What the Hack", the outdoor hacker conference taking
place in the Netherlands July 28 through 31.


These are tremendous fun. Lots of great people, ideas and projects.
If you can make it, I highly recommend it.



What The Hack

What The Hack is an outdoor hacker conference/event taking place on a
large event-campground in the south of The Netherlands from 28 until
31 July 2005.

Events like What The Hack take place every four years, and originate
from a group of people that was originally centered around a small
hacker magazine called Hack-Tic. The magazine's last issue was
published in 1993, but for reasons unknown the events have so far
refused to die. 1989 Featured the Galactic Hacker Party, then in 1993
we saw Hacking at the End of the Universe, followed in 1997 by Hacking
In Progress, and in 2001 there was Hackers At Large.


Expect people from every nook and cranny of the hacker universe: those
deeply into developing Open Source software, civil liberties and
privacy activists, experts in every field of computer networking and
security as well as many others showing their projects and talking
about what they do. Expect very large tents where lectures and
presentations are held as well as multiple bars and other cozy spaces
to hang out. Expect quality wired, wireless and interpersonal
networking. Expect seeing some amazing presentations as well as
stimulating conversations with some great folks.

For whom?

The event is not just for those who already define themselves as
hackers, although they will almost certainly have an excellent
time. Like previous times we hope to create an opportunity for people
from a great many different cultures and subcultures to meet. So no
matter whether you're interested in any of the topics presented,
curious about what it is we're into, feel there are some cultural
connections missing that you could facilitate, or if you just want to
hang out with some of the brightest and funniest people we know:
please come. We need you!


There is a number of new communities bordering common themes which we
loosely define as 'hacker issues'. These include:

    * freedom of speech
    * government transparency
    * computer insecurity
    * privacy
    * open software, open standards & software patents
    * community networking

We feel it is very important for people from different fields dealing
with one or more of these issues to meet at larger events. We would
also like to introduce new topics and forge new links between various
communities. (Our Call For Papers lists some of the other topics we
are interested in). We haven't even kept count of the interesting
things that happened, both on- and offline, simply because the right
people met at one of these events.

And oh yeah: it is a lot of fun too!

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