Other 2600 meetings in the UK and elsewhere

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If you know of other active meetings, make sure that the "official" 2600 meetings page gets updated and tell us and we will list them here:

Meetings on 1st Friday of the month except where stated:

Active Meetings

  • Birmingham 2600 - 1st Saturday of the month, 7pm-7.30pm, Snow Hill Station, Colmore Row - then somewhere warm
  • Manchester 2600

    email: info@man2600.org.uk

    "Please note, we are no longer meeting in the Green Room. We now meet in the Bulls Head pub on London Road, meetings start around 7:30pm.. The Bulls Head is next to Piccadilly station, from the main station concourse, go down the escalators to the Taxi rank. From the Taxi rank you will see the Bulls Head on the corner opposite."
  • Exeter 2600 - meet at the Payphones, Bedford Square, Exeter, Devon
  • Norwich 2600 on the first Friday of every month, 7.30pm outside "The Learning Shop" of the Norwich Forum public libary, then on elsewhere. Email n2600@gonewenching[dot]org for more details
  • Glasgow 2600, first Friday of the month, 7pm, Central station, platform 1 payphones. Email admin@glasgow2600[dot]org[dot]uk or #2600glasgow on irc.2600.net, or http://www.glasgow2600.org.uk/cgi-bin/irc.cgi
  • Sheffield 2600, as an official Sheffield University Students Union society, they meet (around 7pm) every other Wednesday at a different location each time - due to the nature of booking a room at the university. Location and time are announced on the front page of their website.
  • Brighton 2600 - Meet at the phone boxes by the Sealife centre (across the road from the Palace Pier) at 19:00 to 19:15, then on to Buddies Cafe. Email brighton2600@googlemail.com for more details.
  • Newcastle 2600, first Friday of the month, 7pm, Newcastle Central Railway Station, by the payphones/connections board on the main concourse, between the ticket office and Burger King.
  • Oxford 2600 seem to be starting up again, after a hiatus of a few years:
    Our first meeting will be on Friday the 5th of December. The first meeting will be held in the Starbuck's that is in the Borders bookshop in central Oxford.
    9 Magdalen Street Oxford OX1 3AD
    We will start at 19:00/7PM. We haven't had time to organise a webpage yet but we have registered the email address of oxford2600[at]gmail[dot]com for people who might have questions and wants to contact us.
  • Belfast 2600:

    The Belfast 2600 meets have been running for about a year now. They happen on the first Friday of every month from 7:30(ish), usually taking place at the Wellington Park Hotel (http://www.wellingtonparkhotel.com/). Current meet details are posted to http://www.hackni.org and I can be contacted at thingy[at]hackni.org.
  • Leeds 2600 1st Friday of the month, 7pm, The Grove Inn, Back Row, off David Street, off Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5PL
These meetings seem to be Deceased (unless you know better):-
  • hackHull? 7pm onwards, The Old Gray Mare Pub, opposite Hull University.
  • Reading 2600 first Friday of every month, starting at 6pm, outside the Afro Bar, Merchants Place, just off Friar Street, Reading. email rdg2600@intelynx[dot]net
  • Hampshire 2600 - 3rd Friday of the month, 6pm - 9pm Wymering community centre, Sevenoaks Road, Wymering, Portsmouth (nearest railway station is Cosham), with mains power, internet access and free tea. Email meets@hants2600[dot]org[dot]uk for more details.
  • hackLeeds? - 3rd Friday of the month - offshoot of the hackHull? meeting
  • Cardiff 2600 - Saturdays by arrangement, Band Stand in Queen St/Churchill Way, near The Capitol Centre.
  • Bristol 2600
  • Leeds 2600 meet used to be 7pm John Menzies at Leeds main railway station (c.f. hackLeeds? above) - now revived
Areas planning to hold a meeting - email us and we will try to put you in contact with the one or two people who are trying to start/revive a meeting in these places: Aberdeen, Liverpool, Nottingham etc

Our friends in Europe

  • Ireland - Dublin 2600 http://dublin.2600.ie/ meetings take place on the first Friday of each month 7pm. Meet at the phone booths on Wicklow Street beside Tower Records and then on elsewhere.
  • France - Paris 2600 - only a Eurostar trip away
  • Germany
  • Netherlands - Amsterdam 2600, first Friday of the month, 7pm at The Soundgarden, Marnixstraat 164-166 Amsterdam. email: adam2600@hushmail[dot]com
  • Finland - Helsinki 2600 meet on the first Friday of each month starting around 17.00, Fenniakortteli food court (in the Kaisaniemi metro tunnel).
  • Belgium ?
  • Italy ?
  • Spain ?

Our friends in the USA

  • North Dakota - HackFargo 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

Our friends in the Middle East

  • Port Said - Egypt - Egypt 2600 Every first Friday of the month at 6pm - 7pm local Egyptian Time (GMT +02:00), initially meeting at the foot of the Obelisk [El Missallah] marking the centre of Port Said, then on elsewhere. email egypt2600@hushmail[dot]com.

    N.B. given the human rights and political situation in Egypt, these people need our support for trying to adhere to the fundamentally decent principles and ethics of 2600 meetings - they already seem to be under Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt pressure from the Egyptian Government, even before the meetings have become established.

  • Tel Aviv - Israel 2600 meet in Tel Aviv, at the Dizengoff Center, at the bridge near pizzeria "Agvania", gathering at 19:00 , on the first Thursday of every month. email 2600il@phreaker[dot]net.

Feel free to email the "organisers" (there is no formal organisation of any of these meetings, they happen spontaneously) detailed on the websites above if you are unsure as to the location or date of the next meeting, or if anybody else is going to turn up (not a problem in the major cities)

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Hi guys. I was wantingto run a scenario by you. If you had a national newspaper banning comments in a political race from speaking. Would that be viewd as Freedom of speach infringement or Blatant descrimination?

The newspapaper in question the the Scotsman, Scotland. Continually guilty of banning people because they do not expouse their own inhouse views of how politics and democracy should work in an open society.

I know they run IIS(LOL) with an ASP CMS for your educational benefit.

Any help views would be appreciated.Scotland will salute you.

Yours in a tux

JuanKerr

@ Juan - The Scotsman is no different from other private sector newspaper or tv websites - they have no legal duty whatsoever to publish any comments or letters etc. from random members of the public who disagree with them. Many of these websites a disgrace, and do not even acknowledge non-political or non-opinionated comments or emails which point out simple spelling mistakes or errors of fact.

Mucking around with The Scotsman's IIS server or CMS would infringe on their right of free speech, which is equal (no more, no less) to your own right of free speech. It would also be illegal, and ultimately futile.

Why not just set up your own blog or website and forensically fisk any articles in The Scotsman you disagree with ?

Google search engines etc. are just as likely to bring interested visitors to your website as to The Scotsman's, when people search for a particular topic.

You may, however, need to consider the draconian libel laws and anti-terrorism laws, in the UK, and take some technical steps to protect your anonymity e.g. hosting on a blog service or webs space outside of the United Kingdom, and using Tor etc., and having alternative mirror sites around the world, in case your blog or web host gets sent legalistic threats or takedown notices.

e.g. see

You could also run an online campaign against their alleged bias or censorship of your views e.g. like this PledgeBank one:

http://www.pledgebank.com/binthescotsman

(which you seem to be already aware of)

The editorial line will change if sales start to fall or advertisers drop them - even The Sun is not immune from genuine grassroots pressure.


Bristol 2600 indeed seems dead, but there is now a Bristol branch of the CCC instead:

http://bristol.chaostreff.org/

Forth Tuesday of the month at Hillgrove Porter Stores, 53 Hillgrove Street North.

Not listed yet as the first meeting is next month, but we're trying to re-start 2600 meetings in Leeds (after hackLeeds? went the way of the dodo and hackHull? officially had it's last meeting), @ http://leeds2600.org.uk/

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

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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.

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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

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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)

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