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NYC LOCAL: 16-22 May 2007 Four Free Software Gatherings

From: secretary
Subject: NYC LOCAL: 16-22 May 2007 Four Free Software Gatherings
Date: 16 May 2007 02:20:52 -0400

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 <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.


 Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 11:34:47 -0400
 From: "Edward J. Weinberg" <>
 To: nylug <>

 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



 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.

  what="official notices of Broadband Committee"
  edits="some past and less relevant event notices removed">

 Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 19:25:37 -0400
 From: Bruce Lai <>
 To: undisclosed-recipients:;
 Subject: E-Update for the Committee on Technology in Government of the New
  York City Council (April 22, 2007).

 Hello All,

     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 ( / 
 212-788-9193), Counsel to the Committee on Technology in Government, or 
 Colleen Pagter ( / 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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     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.




 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 ( / 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 ( / 212-788-6975).

     If you are a member of the press and would like more information 
 about the Advisory Committee, please contact Bruce Lai, 
 ( / 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:

 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:
     * Newsday:,0,4224312.story

     * Metro:
     * NY1
     * Informationweek:

     * Norwood News:
     * Chelsea Now:
     * Civil Defense:

     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
       Coney Island

     The video for the entire hearing is at the following web link:  (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 
 their bios:

     Finally, here's a briefing paper on the subject of broadband:
 (Thank you Colleen Pagter!)


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