[linux-elitists] Moscone, 2 November: WWW is squirrel tech!

Don Marti dmarti@linuxjournal.com
Tue Oct 24 10:32:38 PDT 2000

BayFF Speaks Up

Free Speech Advocate, Hastings Law Professor, and Bay Area Cyberjournalist
Explore the Limits of Free Expression on the Net

WHO:   Electronic Frontier Foundation, Keith Henson, Joe Liu, Damien Cave.
WHAT:  "BayFF" Meeting exploring the posting of private documents and
       free expression on the Web
WHEN:  Thursday, November 2nd, 2000, at 7:00PM PT
WHERE: Moscone Center, Room 101 in conjunction with WEB2000 conference
       747 Howard St.
       San Francsico, CA, USA

This event is free of charge to the general public.  Registration for a
free expo pass is encouraged but not required.  See details below.

In honor of its 10th Anniversary of defending civil liberties online,
EFF presents a series of monthly meetings to address important issues
where technology and policy collide. These meetings, entitled "BayFF"
(Bay-area Friends of Freedom), kicked off on July 10th and will continue
throughout the year.  The upcoming BayFF will be held in conjunction
with the WEB2000 conference at Moscone center.  It includes panelists
Keith Henson, a free speech advocate who was sued by the Church of
Scientology, Prof. Joe Liu, an expert on intellectual property law, and
Damien Cave, a Bay Area reporter with Salon.com who covers tech issues.
They will focus on the publishing/posting of documents on the Web that
are later claimed to be private, or to contain trade secrets. What are
the repercussions of this type of  publication?  Can litigation to
prevent or punish such publishing be seen as a violation of the
publisher's First Amendment rights?

Keith Henson, an electrical engineer and programmer by trade, and long a
free speech advocate, was troubled by the Church of Scientology's 1995
attempt to destroy a Usenet news group (alt.religion.scientlogy). He was
sued by them in early 1996 over an open letter to a federal judge which
quoted from a Scientology instruction manual ("NOTs 34," available on
the Net). Most recently, he has been exercising his First Amendment
rights by picketing Scientology's desert compound near Hemet, CA. He has
been charged with making "terrorist threats" to the organization, which
he denies. He is also well known for founding the L-5 Society in 1975,
and was heavily involved in space politics for 6 years. He is a major
character in the multi-person biography, "Great Mambo Chicken and the
Trans-Human Condition" by Ed Regis. In recent years he has been deeply
involved with cryonics.

Professor Liu was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He received
his B.A. in Physics and Philosophy in 1989 from Yale University, and his
J.D. in 1994 from Columbia Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of
the Columbia Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Levin H.
Campbell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Following his
clerkship, Professor Liu worked as a litigator at Foley, Hoag & Eliot in
Boston, where his practice consisted of intellectual property
litigation, securities litigation, and white collar criminal defense.
Professor Liu then spent two years as a Climenko Teaching Fellow at
Harvard Law School. He also serves as general counsel to an Internet
startup company. Professor Liu's primary teaching and research interests
are in the areas of intellectual property, property, and Internet

Damien Cave is a staff writer for the technology section of Salon.com,
where he focuses on policy, intellectual property and digital culture.
He has written several stories on DeCSS, Napster, ICANN and other
hot-button issues, while trying to keep his computer from crashing and
his inbox from overflowing.  Before coming to Salon.com, he attended the
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, wrote for several
publications while backpacking through South America, and covered
health-care at a daily newspaper in New Hampshire.  His stories have
also won several awards, none of which were Pulitzers.

For directions to the event, you can use free services like
http://www.mapquest.com or http://maps.yahoo.com to generate driving
directions or maps.  For BART, CalTrain and Muni directions, please call
their information lines.

This month's BayFF will be Webcast.  BayFF is first and foremost a real
space event, meant to serve as an educational forum for the local
community, as well as a catalyst for like-minded activists.  Locals,
please show your support in person!  BayFF fans and followers that are
scattered across the country can check the EFF Website for a link to the

EFF would like to thank Web2000 for providing the venue for this month's
BayFF. Web2000 is an excellent source fo education and networking for
the professional web community.  It runs from October 30 - November 3,
2000, San Francisco. EFF members and supporters are entitled to a
discount on any conference pass or a FREE Expo Pass.  Register, with
priority code W2KEFF,  at:

You can subscribe to EFF's mailing list to receive the regular
BayFF annoucements. To subscribe, email majordomo@eff.org and put this
in the text (not the subject line): subscribe bayff.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation ( http://www.eff.org ) is the leading
civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital
world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry
and government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and
maintains one of the most-linked-to Web sites in the world.


Katina Bishop
Director of Education and Offline Activism
Electronic Frontier Foundation
+1 415 436 9333 x101

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