RMIUG Meeting Minutes - Phil Zimmerman speaks
This meeting was the one year anniversary of RMIUG! Congrats to the exec committee
for keeping it together for this long and
congrats to you all for coming to the meetings
(even in the snow :-)
At the March meeting, for the second time
in RMIUG's history, we had a major overflow
turnout, and were forced to cut off attendance
at the fire code limit of 122. many people
showed up between 6:15 and 6:45, and had
no problem getting seeats; however, RMIUG's
executive committee apologizes to those
who came later and did not get in, some
of whom drove in from outlying communities
such as Lafayette and South Denver. The
comm has been working on securing a new
meeting space since the January meeting
overflow, and we hope to announce significant
progress on this issue soon. Until arrangements
are in place for a good room that will be
available on a regular basis and has sufficient
capacity for our meetings, we will meet
at NCAR and continue to encourage people
to show up early.
Seems that the jobs list may be having
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Most of the folks at this meeting were
from Boulder though we had a handful from
Denver and other areas.
Thank you Chuck D'Ambra for being our
new ncar sponsor! We really appreciate it!
New Internet service providers
- Indra's net is up and running! For
info on rates and services, contact them
at email@example.com or call 546.9151.
Tesser is up as well. Call Dwight
Reifsnyder as 442.9033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Denver Free-net is looking to expand
its access for the Metro Denver area.
they are seeking information on alternative
and additional non-campus dial-up/modem
access to its system, currently housed
at the University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center. Information and questions
can be addressed to Drew Mirque, Project
Administrator at email@example.com
Katie Walter is looking for a job. She
just graduated from University of Denver
with a cs degree. She is looking primarily
in the Boulder/Golden area. You can call
her at 642.3502. Good luck Katie :)
Tshirt update: We collected $20 from 40
people for tshirts. This adds up to $800.
we can order 50 shirts for $750. We would
like to donate the extra $$ to Phil Zimmermann's
defense fund. If anyone has objections to
this, please mail firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can work out your refund.
Phil Zimmermann will next speak (publically)
Wednesday the 12th of April at 7:30, in
the Glenn Miller Ballroom. The subject will
be The Role of Cryptography in Modern Democracy.
Email for the speakers:
- Phil Zimmermann: email@example.com
Phil Dubois: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our feature presentation
The feature presentation was by Phil Zimmermann
who spoke to us about Public Key Cryptology,
and his laywer Phil Dubois who spoke about
lots of things including Zimmermann's ongoing
battle with the government.
Zimmermann wrote an encryption package
called PGP, Pretty Good Privacy, in 1991.
It was an old idea turned into something
new and delicious to the internet community.
PGP software allows you to easily encrypt
messages so that only you, or only some
other particular individual, can read the
message. It also provides a digital 'signature'
so that you can prove you're the sender
of a message.
Time goes on and this popular software
gets around. It was located on many ftp
sites around the country and available around
the world. People in lotsa different countries
had access to it. Our government calls this
exporting a weapon to the enemy. Zimmermann
is currently under investigation and could
be indicted. If convicted, he faces 9-10
years in prison.
Zimmermann explained the development of
public key cryptology and how it has been
affecting peoples lives. He talked about
our privacy and the government's desire
to hold the key to our private communications.
Dubois talked about some court cases that
have come up concerning 1st amendment rights
and privacy and other exports of software
and fielded questions from the audience.
Both Phils were very well spoken and open
with technical information and personal
feelings on these issues.
The ftp site to get PGP (United States
only please :)
in the /pub/PGP directory or http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html
If you would like to make a donation to
Phil Zimmermann's defense fund, mail checks
- Philip L. Dubois, PC
Boulder CO 80304-4132
Please put Phil Zimmermann's name in the
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April
11th at NCAR and will feature a presentation
by Jim Ginsburg of Jones Interactive, a
subsidiary of Jones Intercable. His talk
will be on the use of cable television facilities
for metro area networks, and their Internet
access trials via cable.
Suggestions/comments/feedback are always
welcome - please email these to email@example.com.
IMPORTANT!! - PLEASE NOTE: This
meeting may fill up! We will issue tickets
to people that show up on a first come,
first serve basis. When we have reached
the legal fire code capacity of 122 people,
no further people can be admitted. Please
show up early if you would like to be guaranteed
RMIUG wishes to thank Internet One of
Boulder for sponsoring the refreshments,
NCAR for the use of their meeting room,
and XOR Network Engineering for electronic
RMIUG "Executive" Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
RMIUG Librarians (Joe Betts & Bo the Bohemian):
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