The next official London 2600 meeting will be on Friday 7th July from 18:30 to 19:30.

Front Entrance of the former Trocadero

Opposite TGI Friday

Piccadilly

London W1D 7DH

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4FxdpbA9fGK2

Subscribe to the London 2600 email discussion list or email this blog via meetings@london2600.org.uk

OpenTech 2017

http://www.opentech.org.uk/2017/
 
When:	Saturday 13th May 2017. 
Where:	Malet St
Cost:	£5 on the door.
Currently:	
Pre-register your place
Draft Schedule
Want to talk?
And tell your friends
OpenTech 2017 is an informal, low cost, one-day conference on slightly different approaches to technology, experience and democracy. Talks by people who work on things that matter, guarantees a day of thoughtful talks leading to conversations with friends.

We've still got a call for talks open. If there's something you'd like to hear about at OpenTech, we'd love to hear what you'd like to hear about, and we'll see what we can do.

Register now
With a month until OpenTech 2017, we're really excited by this year's schedule.
 As you'll see it's a fantastic, diverse line up of talks by a whole range of people working 
on issues and projects that really matter, after a year of democracy doing things that it wasn't
 necessarily expected to do. Go take a look at: http://www.opentech.org.uk/2017/schedule.


Highlights include:

We survived 2016, what about 2017?
Standards for Private Browsing
This is for .everyone
post-FUBAR: what's next?
Privacy: 23 million children
DIY ISP
MicroPython, micro:bit and a Million Children
Design thinking - build it faster
What can deep learning reveal about beautiful places?
Mapping Land Ownership
Periods: a provocation
Open Organs - Post-biological Organ Trade
The future: Hope, Scale, or Change?

All this and much, much more.

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OpenTech 2015

When: Saturday 13th June 2015. Doors open 10:00am
Where: ULU "Student Central" (ULU), Malet St, London
Cost: £5 on the door.

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Currently:

Schedule
Location

OpenTech will be 10 years old in 2015.

We'll be back on June 13th 2015, for the usual mix of technology, experience and everything else. Book your place now, while we firm up the schedule.

We've still got a call for talks open. If there's something you'd like to hear about at OpenTech next year, we'd love to hear what you'd like to hear about, and we'll see what we can do.

Some of us are going to the:

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Electromagnetic Field Camp - Bletchley, 29th - 31st August

"Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that's lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Over a thousand curious people will descend on our friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love.

Over a long weekend, you can expect to see a huge variety of talks across three stages, a slew of workshops, as well as music, games, and installations dotted around the site.

At previous events we've heard talks about everything from genetic modification to electronics, blacksmithing to high-energy physics, reverse engineering to lock picking, computer security to crocheting, and quadcopters to brewing.

We're inviting attendees to set up their own villages -- camps within the camp -- where like-minded people can camp together and put on their own activities. Our hard-working team of volunteers will supply you with power and internet to your tent.

Our internet connection -- last time it was 380 megabits, this time we're aiming for much more -- will be beamed in from a datacenter nearby, and distributed to your tent by (hopefully) the most reliable conference WiFi network you'll ever use, housed in a series of specially repurposed high-tech portaloos.

You'll also be able to take advantage of our well-stocked bar selling great beer, cider, and soft drinks at distinctly non-festival prices. Sadly we can't get hold of the motorway bridge that housed the bar at our last site.

When you arrive, you'll be issued with an attendee badge unlike any you've seen before. Our badge is a full-blown Arduino-powered computer with an LCD screen and wireless connectivity. During EMF, you'll be able to view the schedule of talks on your badge. After the event, instead of sitting in a drawer, it's fully reprogrammable to do whatever you want. If you don't know how, you can learn at the event!

What makes Electromagnetic Field unique is that everything is created by attendees like you. The entire event -- stewarding, water, electricity, internet, stages, toilets, and the bar -- is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, and everyone who turns up does their part to make the event an amazing place to be for a weekend. We're a non-profit organisation, so every penny you spend on your ticket goes towards making the event happen.

Expect to run into spork-making workshops, bottle rocket launches, high altitude balloon releases, ad-hoc music installations and so much more.

We hope we've given you a taste of what EMF is all about, but you have to be there to experience it all. Tickets are on sale now -- if you miss out on it this year, our next festival won't be until 2016.

If you want to get involved, you can propose a talk, workshop, or installation, or join our team of volunteers to help build an amazing festival."

tWitter: @emfcamp

The annual London 2600 Christmas Party: is at the same venue as last year

When:

Saturday 14th December 7pm - late (pub shuts 3am)

Where:

London Stone pub, 109 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 5AD

just opposite Cannon Street station

http://www.eerie-pubs.co.uk/london-stone/Find-Us

N.B. Here are the answers to the Christmas Quiz

By popular demand, there will be an Unnofficial London 2600 meeting on:

Saturday 20th July 2013, starting about 5pm

Meltdown eSports bar/pub at 342 Caledonian Road, north of Kings Cross.station.

http://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/meltdown-kings-cross

https://www.facebook.com/MeltdownLondon/info

Google Maps short URL: https://goo.gl/maps/s1Kak


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London 2600 & London Hackspace Christmas Crunch

When: Friday 21st December , 6PM till late

Where: The London Stone , 109 Cannon Street , London , EC4N 5AD

http://www.eerie-pubs.co.uk/london-stone/Find-Us

Here is the London 2600 Christmas Crunch flyer: (7 Mb .pdf)


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CryptoParty London 3

Date

Wednesday 12th December 2012

Time

6 pm start until 10pm

Venue

Mozilla Spaces
101 St. Martins Lane (3rd Floor)
(next to the Duke of York's Theatre)
London WC2N 4AZ

Nearest Tube station is Leicester Square

Google Maps & StreetView 101 St Martins Lane

Registration

https://cryptopartylondon.eventbrite.com

This will be a free event, but you will need to register your intention to attend, so that we can keep within the capacity limits of the venue.

A CryptoParty is *not* meant to be an event simply for technical experts, it aims to educate journalists, campaigners, political activists and the public in general about the basics of securing the privacy of their internet and mobile phone communications. Learn how to protect your confidential data, the identities of your contacts and whistleblower sources, your trade secrets and intellectual property, your financial transactions or just the seemingly mundane day to day aspects of your personal life.

Many of the people who need to use such tools and techniques the most, do not do so, because of their perceived difficulty and the tendency of technical experts to get side tracked into jargon and theoretical details, which are not relevant to most beginners.

That said, nobody is expert in all the tools and techniques that are available and which may be necessary, depending on the motivation and resources of the adversaries you face.

Provisional Agenda:


  • 6:00pm Registration (pseudo-anonymous) - Warm up Talk
  • 6:15pm - 6:30pm Welcome / Introduction
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Parallel Workshops (Tor, PGP / GnuPG, Truecrypt, OTR chat, Anonymity Techniques)
  • 7:35pm - 8:30pm Parallel Workshops (Tor, PGP / GnuPG, Truecrypt, OTR chat, Anonymity Techniques)
  • 8:35pm -9:30pm Parallel Workshops (Tor, PGP / GnuPG, Truecrypt, OTR chat, Anonymity Techniques)
  • 9:30pm Finishing up workshops, mince pies, Crypto Xmas Carols etc.
  • 10:00pm Lightning Talks

CryptoParty London contact details:

Wiki: https://CryptoParty.org/wiki/London

Twitter: @CryptoPartyLond
Twitter hashtag #CryptoParty

Email: info@CryptoParty.org.uk

PGP Key ID: 0x8997F1B8
http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xD698915A8997F1B8

London Hurricane Hackathon

Date - Sunday 4th November, 2012

Time - 13:00 to 23:00

Venue - Google Campus - lower ground floor Cafe
4-5 Bonhill Street
London EC2A 4BX

This is about equidistant between Moorgate and Old Street Tube stations

Directions to Google Campus on Google Maps

Registration

This will be a free event, but you will need to register your intention to attend, so that we can keep within the capacity limits of the venue.

https://LondonHurricaneHackathon.eventbrite.co.uk

London Hurricane Hackathon contact details:

Sam from London Hackspace will be organising sessions involving:

  • converting LinkSys WRT Wireless Routers into mesh networks etc.,
  • Crisis mapping stuff learned or adapted from the Sukey.io project
  • Emergency power supply sharing
  • Other project suggestions are welcome

email: samuelcarlisle@gmail.com

pgp: 0x54828CAA

twitter: @samthetechie

Apart from the obvious unselfish reasons for helping our friends in the USA at their time of need, it is not inconcievable that we may need their help and some of this technology, if / when there is a flooding disaster in London, which is not handled by the Thames Barrier.

International Hurricane Hackers contacts:

Website: http://www.hurricanehackers.com - points to Google Docs resource pages

twitter: @hurricanehackrs

email list: hurricanehackers@mit.edu

Internet Relay Chat: http://irc.lc/freenode/hurricanehackers

CryptoParty London

Date

Friday 19th October 2012

Time

6.30 pm start until 10pm

Venue

Mozilla Spaces
101 St. Martins Lane (3rd Floor)
(next to the Duke of York's Theatre)
London WC2N 4AZ

Nearest Tube station is Leicester Square

Google Maps & StreetView 101 St Martins Lane

Registration

https://cryptopartylondon.eventbrite.com

This will be a free event, but you will need to register your intention to attend, so that we can keep within the capacity limits of the venue.

A CryptoParty is *not* meant to be an event simply for technical experts, it aims to educate journalists, campaigners, political activists and the public in general about the basics of securing the privacy of their internet and mobile phone communications. Learn how to protect your confidential data, the identities of your contacts and whistleblower sources, your trade secrets and intellectual property, your financial transactions or just the seemingly mundane day to day aspects of your personal life.

Many of the people who need to use such tools and techniques the most, do not do so, because of their perceived difficulty and the tendency of technical experts to get side tracked into jargon and theoretical details, which are not relevant to most beginners.

That said, nobody is expert in all the tools and techniques that are available and which may be necessary, depending on the motivation and resources of the adversaries you face.

We would like to do hands-on workshops or give talks on:

  1. Introduction
  2. Workshops
    • Pretty Good Privacy PGP / GnuPG / GPGTools Thunderbird with Enigmail
    • Tor Browser Bundle
    • TrueCrypt disk / volume / USB device encryption
    • Pidgin / Adium with Off The Record OTR chat
    • Anonymity Bring & Swap
  3. 10 minute lightning talks

CryptoParty London contact details:

Wiki: https://CryptoParty.org/wiki/London

Twitter: @CryptoPartyLond
Twitter hashtag #CryptoParty

Email: info@CryptoParty.org.uk

PGP Key ID: 0x8997F1B8
http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xD698915A8997F1B8

CryptoParty London

Date - Sat 29th Sept

Saturday 29th September, 2012

Time - 6pm start

6pm till 11pm

>Venue - Google Campus

Google Campus: Ground Floor 4-5 Bonhill Street London EC2A 4BX

This is about equidistant between Moorgate and Old Street Tube stations

Directions to Google Campus on Google Maps

Registration - Register here

This will be a free event, but you will need to register your intention to attend, so that we can keep within the capacity limits of the venue.

Register here

A CryptoParty is *not* meant to be an event simply for technical experts, it aims to educate journalists, campaigners, political activists and the public in general about the basics of securing the privacy of their internet and mobile phone communications. Learn how to protect your confidential data, the identities of your contacts and whistleblower sources, your trade secrets and intellectual property, your financial transactions or just the seemingly mundane day to day aspects of your personal life.

Many of the people who need to use such tools and techniques the most, do not do so, because of their perceived difficulty and the tendency of technical experts to get side tracked into jargon and theoretical details, which are not relevant to most beginners.

That said, nobody is expert in all the tools and techniques that are available and which may be necessary, depending on the motivation and resources of the adversaries you face.


CryptoParty London contact details:

Wiki: https://CryptoParty.org/wiki/London

Twitter: @CryptoPartyLond
Twitter hashtag #CryptoParty

Email: info@CryptoParty.org.uk

PGP Key ID: 0x8997F1B8
http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xD698915A8997F1B8


UPDATE: 19th March 2012:

https://twitter.com/#!/emfcamp/status/181877952458395649

It's official: Electromagnetic Field 2012 will be held at Pineham Park, Milton Keynes from Fri 31st August to Sun 2nd September!

11:00 PM - 19 Mar 12


Plans for a mainland European style e.g. Chaos Computer Club or Hacking At Random, "hacker camp", at an open air venue this summer, are starting to come together here in the United Kingdom.

The venue is not yet arranged, as the organisers are trying to assess the number of people willing and able to attend and how much they are willing to pay for their phun.

The target date is provisionally the August Bank Holiday (Monday 27th August 2012) weekend, provided that a suitable venue can be found.

Hopefully this Electromagnetic Field Camp will be a Temporary Autonomous Zone of relief from the propaganda and repression of dissent, which the London 2012 Olympic Games have already started to inflict on us.

Not for Profit, Company Limited by Guarantee

Electromagnetic Field Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 07788466.

Registered office: 2 Ockendon Mews, London N1 3JL

The establishment of such a not for profit company, without individual financial liability, should hopefully allow for a larger event to be organised than previous small scale events in the UK like Access All Areas or DNScon or BrumCon etc.

Website:
http://emfcamp.org

Google Groups email discussion list:
https://groups.google.com/group/uk-hack-camp

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/emfccamp


Security B-Sides London, Wednesday 25th April 2012, Barbican, London

http://www.securitybsides.org.uk/

List of scheduled talks:

http://www.securitybsides.org.uk/talks.html

Free registration via Eventbrite, but with the annoyingly intrusive mandatory demand for a twitter handle (200 free tickets gone in 90 minutes)

The traditional London 2600 Xmas Party will be on Friday 2nd December 2011.

Time from about 7pm onwards

Location: the upstairs room of the Nell of Old Drury pub.

For more details, suggestions, offers of help, offers of sponsorship etc:

Subscribe to the London 2600 email discussion list or email this blog via meetings@london2600.org.uk

London Hackspace are hosting a "Hack the Flag" contest on Saturday 15th October 2011.

Hopefully this will be as educational as as much fun as the DEFCON Capture The Flag contests, although this one will obviously be on a smaller scale.

October 2011 meeting report

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Here are some blurred memories of the sort of things we chatted about this month. This is not a substitute for coming along to the meetings in person: - remember that everyone is welcome, no matter your gender, age or experience or skills (or lack of them), from both sides of the legal fence.

  • Code Warrior / Worrier tried out his pickup line techniques on the way from the Trocadero and nearly persuaded 3 women to come along to the pub (claims not to have been slapped yet).

  • "EMF camp" ("Electro Magnetic Field" ?) is promised to have an internet domain name (N.B. none of the short EMF domain names are free) and discussion list etc. by next month. As yet unconfirmed plans for a Dutch / German style hacker camp / Temporary Autonomous Zone next August Bank Holiday i.e. 27th August 2012, partly as a relief from the oppressive London Olympics hype and security clampdown. Anybody interested in helping to organise this can contact emf@london2600.org.uk for now.

  • We raised our glasses and toasted the memory of the late Steve Jobs, even though none of us are fanatical Apple fanbois.

  • Tesco are selling an "anonymous" unlocked "burner" Samsung GT-E1080i mobile phone for just under £10. Which of the choice of seven free SIM cards / networks (Lycamobile, Lebara, Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Virgin.) is best for

    a) anonymity of retained Communications Data

    b) coverage

    c) price

  • London Hackspace "Hack the Flag" contest next Saturday 15th October 2011

  • What is at risk / could be targeted if the UK sympathisers of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators do ever manage to

    a) Occupy the Stock Exchange or other financial centres in the City of London

    b) Are used as a diversion by insider fraudsters and spies in neighbouring buildings

    Rumours that this could happen on Saturday 15th October or Wednesday 19th

  • Rather than nicking or vandalising computers in such an occupied building, a more subtle approach might be to plant something like this Edimax WiFi router (masquerading as a BTFON VoiP gateway) which is being powered using a mobile phone "emergency charger" battery pack via micro USB cable

    "The Street finds its own uses for things - uses the manufacturers never imagined." - William Gibson

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  • Meeting the Earl of Errol - if only more members of Parliament had half as much a clue about IT technology as this hereditary Peer.

  • London 2600 Christmas Party - to coincide with the December meeting - Friday 2nd December 2011, upper room at the Nell of Old Drury pub, opposite the Royal Theatre Drury Lane

October seems to be time when the zombies come out to play::

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Who was that masked man ?

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Camera Red Eye

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"Oooh!!! Careful where you wiggle that glo stick!"

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  • Thanks to the people who spot mistakes in this report - how about contributing your own observations, either by email or in the Comments below ?

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    OpenTech 2010

    11th September 2010
    from UKUUG and friends
    Sponsored by data.gov.uk

    OpenTech 2010

    When: Saturday 11th September 2010
    Where: ULU, Malet St, London.
    Cost: £5 on the door.
    Currently: Book your ticket online now

    OpenTech 2010 is an informal, low cost, one-day conference on slightly different approaches to technology, politics and justice. Talks by people who work on things that matter, guarantees a day of thoughtful talks leading to conversations with friends.

    This one day conference is always packed out, and so you now need to register in advance, although you can actually then pay your £5 on the door.

    http://www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2010/registration/.

    http://www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2010/location/

    There will be no wifi available to paying attendees. We strongly suggest that attendees leave their laptops at home. Speakers will receive details of what is available to them, but are similarly advised not to rely on the wireless network.

    Does anyone fancy actually giving a lightning talk or presentation either individually or as a London 2600 group project ?

    Want to offer a talk?

    We're very much "Open" to suggestions for additional talks. presentations, discussion panels or technology demonstrations.

    We'll be trying to fit in as many talks (and lightning presentations) as possible, so the shorter you can make yours, the better (15 minutes is good for a talk; workshops can be up to 2 hours). Alternatively, if you have an idea for a panel discussion, or a tutorial or workshop, or anything else that's vaguely in keeping with the theme of the event, then we also can't wait to hear from you. Remember, stories and experience mean your talk is more likely to be remembered.

    http://www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2010/offer/

    Event Report: The Next Hope 2010, July 16th - 18th

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    Having never attended a hacker con before I wasn't completely sure what Hope was going to be like, I'd attended 'professional' tech conferences before though and my initial impressions were similar but as the conference got into full swing (by Friday night really) you could start to see the big differences. Mainly it's that everyone at Hope is there because they love technology and they love sharing what they know, there were people of all ages - parents bringing kids (which is awesome), security professionals, interested locals and even the odd law enforcement type standing out like a sore thumb!

    The Next Hope 2010 logo


    Vintage Computing by Bill Degnan and Evan Koblentz - the talk brought us from ENIAC, through the first mobile computer (built in the back of a truck) and up to the home 'micro' era from kit-computing to ready made systems. The enthusiasm of the presenters was infectious and if you're into your history it's well worth downloading the talk.

    Cats and Mice: The Phone Company, the FBI, and the Phone Phreaks by Phil Lapsley - a great history of phreaking from the 50s to the 80s with some very early recordings and accounts of the major lessons learned by phreakers over the years.

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    Despite the awesome quality of the talks the coolest part of the con was the mezzanine, there were people teaching basic electronics and playing with a 3D printer in the Hackerspace Village, a whole load of vendor tables (I picked up an Arduino starter kit), an area where you could ride on a Segway (it's easier than you might think) and the infamous Club Mate stand selling the bizarre but oddly compelling German energy drink. Also on the mezzanine was the Lockpicking Village where I learned a few basic picking techniques and the Mid-Atlantic Retro stand where I spent nearly an hour talking to Frank O'Brien about the Apollo guidance computer, the CPU of which he had on display - the idea that man landed on the moon using 36K of ROM and 2K of RAM just seems crazy to me.

    Other small highlights included Marco Figueroa finishing his talk by challenging Dual Core to a rap battle with rhymes about C and Assembly, Robert Steele's 8-hr talk that started at midnight (I only made a couple of hours), a screening of by Jason Scott's GET LAMP documentary about text adventure games and social engineer Mudsplatter getting a whole room full of hackers to Rickroll themselves by singing Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up. The closing ceremony was fittingly crazy with Johannes of monochrom standing on the tables at the front of the stage singing The Last Unicorn as part of 'Wikileaks: The Ballet' and then within just 3-4 hours the entire con was torn down by a crew of volunteers and I left with sleep deprivation, a few souvenirs and some great memories.

    Event site: http://thenexthope.org/

    Posted on behalf of Ash.

    By popular demand, the next unofficial mid-month meeting will be on Saturday 21st August 2010 from 15:00. at the usual pub the Nell of Old Drury near Covent Garden.


    Subscribe to the London 2600 email discussion list or email this blog via meetings@london2600.org.uk (obviously taking the appropriate communications data and other anonymity precautions if necessary), for the latest details, and to plan future events.

    HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox

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    On June 17th 2010, EFF and the TOR project released the Firefox extension HTTPS Everywhere. There are thousands of Firefox extensions. Almost all of which I couldn't care less about. I have no interest in clogging up my browser with additional icons, buttons & menu items. That do something that Firefox already does in a slightly different way. Or will save you 1 mouse click in 10, for a function you don't use anyway. Or even worse attempt to make a browser the only piece of software on your computer. I don't want a browser that is an FTP client, a mail client, a diary, a kitchen sink. All I want a browser to be, is a browser. I know a browser can do all these things (except a kitchen sink) but a browser doesn't do these things well. That's my opinion anyway. So I avoid installing plug-ins and extensions for the sake of it. HTTPS everywhere is not one of those extensions.

    HTTPS Everywhere log

    Any extension that improves security is worth a look at. The principle of HTTPS Everywhere is simple, when you visit a supported website you load the HTTPS version. This means the content is encrypted. No-one can sniff your traffic. Not your ISP, that's the company interested in selling your browsing activities to marketing companies as an additional revenue stream. Not the government, where the nanny state has run a mock and cannot be trusted to keep it's noise out of your business. Not a criminal, who is attempting to profit from account credentials or hijacking sessions. All in an attempt to help you, by lightening your bank account.

    You may have thought your data, your traffic was encrypted all along. It isn't, encryption is an additional burden that the sites you visit have avoided. Your traffic can currently be viewed unless you are connected via HTTPS. How can you tell? Check your address bar, yes grandma the long thin bar at the top of your browser. If the address starts with HTTP, with no S the session is not encrypted. If it start with HTTPS it is, it's that simple.

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel, in this day and age many sites do support HTTPS for all their content. By default your browser still looks for the unsecure HTTP content unless told to do otherwise. That's what HTTPS Everywhere does. It forces the supported sites for which currently there are few. To use HTTPS. The ISP, the nanny state & the criminals can still see which server you are connected to. But they don't know what you are doing there. On big sites like Google or Wikipedia this offers considerable privacy protection. As you could literally be doing anything there. On a XXX server it's a bit more obvious. Although they still don't know exactly what you are browsing. Most small sites are on shared hosting, one server many sites. In which case they wouldn't even know what site you are on. Let alone what your doing there.

    The extension version is only 0.2.2. So it is young and few sites are currently supported. The good news is that more will be supported over time. After all this extension was originally inspired by the launch of Google's encrypted search option. Yes Google didn't want others to see what you were searching for. I think they did that for a different reason though. They wanted control of who would have access to this information, THEM. But that's another article.

    Currently supported sites:


    1. Google Search

    2. Google API's

    3. Google Services

    4. Wikipedia

    5. Twitter

    6. Facebook

    7. Amazon (most of)

    8. GMX

    9. Wordpress.com blogs

    10. The New York Times

    11. The Washington Post

    12. Paypal

    13. EFF

    14. Tor

    15. Ixquick

    16. DuckDuckGo

    17. Identica

    18. Live

    19. Mail.com

    20. Meebo

    21. Microsoft

    22. Mozilla

    23. NL Overheid

    24. Scroogle

    25. Gentoo Bugzilla

    26. Noisebridge

    27. Zoho

    You might think that's a pretty short list and your right, it is a short list. But on the list we have mail providers, search engines, blogs, micro blogs, newspapers, shops, social networks, software vendors, hackspaces, Wikipedia, payment providers. Basically a bit of everything. Including some very big names. As is often the case, big names lead the way. Google, Paypal, Twittter, Facebook, Microsoft and Wikipedia are the biggest at what they do. If they are supporting 100% HTTPS, then others will follow.

    What's even better is YOU can write your own rules. The EFF have a guide on their website that shows you how https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere/rulesets. The rulesets are a simple XML file. Do bear in mind, you can only write a rule for a site that supports HTTPS.

    That about wraps up HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox. Until next time.

    About this blog

    London 2600 meetings are similar to those held by 2600 groups around the world, and the other 2600 groups in the United Kingdom.

    N.B. the quarterly 2600 magazine is now rarely available in London shops.

    Everybody who is interested in computer and telecomms security and the impact of technology on society is welcome, from both sides of the fence, no matter what your age or level of skill and experience - nobody knows it all, no matter what they claim.

    You could learn more at these free meetings than from months of study or investigation on your own, but this depends on what you are willing to share and contribute in return. We are mostly British and therefore somewhat shy in public, but it is easy to strike up a conversation with most of us.

    London 2600 meet on the first Friday of each month, 6.30pm to 7.30pm initially, at the frront entrance of the Trocadero shopping centre, then on elsewhere.

    The kinds of people who have attended over the last 25 years or so include:

    "computer hackers, phone phreakers, cyberpunks, performance artists, systems administrators, cybergoths, military intelligence officers, mobi chippers, skip trashers, hacktivists, network gurus, anti-virus programmers, penetration testers, multimedia artists, internet entrepreneurs, newbies, cybercriminals, warez d00dz, old skool, movie script writers, 31337, civil liberties activists, lawyers, radio hams, students, cool hunters, wannabes, djs, corporate security professionals, academic researchers, privacy campaigners, journalists"

    Usually up to 20 to 50 people attend each meeting, most of whom then participate in the rest of the evening/weekend activities.

    Email Contacts

    email: meetings@london2600[dot]org[dot]uk

    For the paranoid crypto-ninjas amongst you (like us !) here is our PGP public encryption key

    For OpenPGP 256bit AES encrypted messages via 128bit SSL/TLS session, web based email, outside the direct jurisdiction of the UK Government, get a free Hushmail account and contact us on london2600@hushmail[dot]com

    (Obiously many of you will use Google Gmail, which is well secured nowadays, but not very anonymous, especially if you are logged in to your Google accounts or Android Apps)

    London 2600 Email List

    There is a revived London 2600 email discussion list - be polite please.

    This is a public email list, so you should obviously take any appropriate communications data anonymity and other privacy precautions.

    @London_2600 Twitter feed

    Follow the Twitter feed: @London_2600 for last minute meeting venue change announcements etc.

    Google Calendar

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    If you have taken the usual security and privacy precautions e.g. private browsing mode, strict cookie and history deletion policies etc. in your web browser, you may feel that you can trust Google Calendar to remind you about the next London 2600 meeting, and other events of interest.

    Geekery.in Calendar

    Geekery.in is a calendar of UK meetings and events, including 2600 meetings, Linux User Groups, HackSpaces etc.

    (The) Hacker(s) Voice Radio / Magazine / TV

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    Hacker Voice Radio

    "HVR is an online radio show set up as an vocal forum for all the UK hackers and phreaks to come together, work together and a place to share information."

    (The) Hacker(s) Voice people have expanded into producing a (.pdf) and printed Magazine, called The Hacker Voice Digest, and have plans for Video as well as their internet radio streams and podcasts etc.

    Campaign Buttons

    Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
    Free Gary McKinnon, who lives in London, is accused of hacking in to over 90 US military computer systems, and is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

    Watching Them, Watching Us, UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
    UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

    NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
    NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database. 0800 789 321 free, confidential, Anti-Terrorist Hotline (use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats)
    Anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789 321 free and confidential - use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats.

    Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond

    Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

    Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
    Data Retention is No Solution Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

    Open Rights Group
    Open Rights Group

    Tor - the onion routing network
    Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

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    Amnesty International 's irrepressible.info campaign

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    BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

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    NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

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    Wikileaks.org - the controversial "uncensorable, anonymous whistleblowing" website based currently in Sweden.

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    Electro Magnetic Field

    As yet unconfirmed plans for a Dutch / German style hacker camp / Temporary Autonomous Zone next August Bank Holiday i.e. 27th August 2012

    "EMF camp" ("Electro Magnetic Field" ?) is promised to have an internet domain name and discussion list etc. by next month.

    Anybody interested in helping to organise this can contact emf@london2600.org.uk for now.

    London 2600 People's Blog Links

    Here are some of the blogs by London 2600 people:

    Spy Blog - Privacy and Civil Liberties commentary and campaigns

    Rat's Blog - The Reverend Rat comments on London street life and technology

    Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher. Author of "Hackers' Tales", which drew partly on interviews with London 2600 attendees.

    gizmonaut.net blog - David Mery

    Silver AJ - fashion model and gender hacker.

    Veghead's Bologs

    Other Links

    2600uk.com - "Hacking and Phreaking in the UK. Old school ethics, New school tech."

    Need To Know (historical)

    El Reg - The Register

    Other 2600 meeting links

    Other 2600 meetings in the UK and elsewhere

    Egypt 2600 - just like London 2600, but in Egypt

    2600 Tor Server Project

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    Obviously if you incorporate the campaign button code above onto your website, without alteration, then we will have access to some of your Communications Traffic Data, and so will anyone who is snooping on us.

    Campaign Links

    Free Gary McKinnon - or at least try him in the UK, rather than extraditing him to the USA. Gary is accused of hacking in to over 90 US Military computer systems, including some in the Pentagon, National Security Agency, Army, Navy and Air Force, NASA, etc. for over 2 years. He is facing extradition to the USA, under the notorious Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence, rather than being tried in the UK. He could face a Guantanamo Bay style Military Tribunal and over 60 years in prison ! This case has dragged on now for over 9 years !

    Free Babar Ahmad - another British (Muslim) IT worker from London, also facing extradition to the USA, also at risk of a Military Tribunal, facing terrorism charges not for running websites etc., relating to activities in Afghanistan and Chechnya, which were not illegal in the UK.

    Not Getting Arrested in London

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    Now that the UK Government has enacted the draconian email and phone snooping RIP Act, widened the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006 to suppress politically motivated computer hackers, and promoted mass technological surveillance of millions of innocent citizens, you have to *trust* the current Home Secretary John "not fit for purpose" Reid that your email is not being routinely monitored, and your mobile phone traffic data and location records are not being fed into some cruel automatic traffic pattern analysis program so as to add points to your electronic secret police dossier, through guilt by association.

    Spy Blog's Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers mini-blog gives advice which is also relevant to London 2600 attendees, from both sides of the law, and the media.

    Several people on their way to London 2600 meetings have fallen foul of the anti-terrorism hysteria which swept London after the terrorist bomb attacks of July 2005. You cannot really blame the general public and Police for being suspicious, if you bring along a mysterious looking bit of electronic equipment in your rucksack, with lots of wires, batteries and gaffer tape, no matter how innocent it really is.

    However, none of us should tolerate Police behaviour and policies like those which resulted the arrest of David Mery, one of our respected long standing attendees. He was stopped, searched and arrested on a Tube station, and his flat was searched and computers and other equipment seized, for no good reason at all. He was lucky that he was not shot and killed by the Police. See Innocent in London" and "Techie and terrorist behavioural profiles are the same"

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    If you are arrested, then get some legal advice from a firm of solicitors before you say or admit to anyhing whatsoever to the Police e.g. top rated human rights specialists Bindmans & Partners - 020 7833 4433 or Kaim Todner (who represent London hacker Gary McKinnon) - 020 7353 6660 (24 hour Police Station callout)

    London CyberPunk Tourist Guide

    This London CyberPunk tourist guide should be of interest to London 2600 people, from home and abroad.