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EFFector - Volume 13, Issue 7 - Sep. 11 "BayFF" Meeting Celebrates RSA Patent Expiration


EFFector - Volume 13, Issue 7 - Sep. 11 "BayFF" Meeting Celebrates RSA Patent Expiration

   EFFector       Vol. 13, No. 7       Sep. 8, 2000
   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424
  IN THE 155th ISSUE OF EFFECTOR (now with over 25,000 subscribers!):
     * New EFF Offices & Address as of Oct. 2000
     * Sep. 11 "BayFF" Meeting Celebrates RSA Patent Expiration
     * EFF Now Accepts e-gold & PayPal Transactions for Memberships
     * Administrivia
   For more information on EFF activities & alerts:
New EFF Offices & Address as of Oct. 2000

   EFF is relocating as of Oct. 1, 2000 to new office space. We remain on
   the cusp of the Mission and Potrero Districts in San Francisco. The
   office is retrofitted warehouse space that will allow our staff to
   nearly double in size, and which will be more convenient to visitors,
   as it will be ground-floor and have a waiting and reception area.
   Construction is being handled in-house by our indomitable asst.
   webmaster Henry "Owlswan" Schwan, who is incidentally a licensed
   contractor. Progress on the cleanup and buildout can be followed by
   interested members here:
   Our phone numbers should remain the same, and our site should be up
   continuously during the transition. (VA Linux has generously donated
   us a secondary server; during the move, the new box will transparently
   become temporarily, while the original server is switched off
   and moved). Site visitors should experience no difficulties during the
   New contact info:
     Electronic Frontier Foundation
     454 Shotwell Street
     San Francisco CA 94110 USA
     +1 415 436 9333 (voice)
     +1 415 436 9993 (fax)
   We will have a forwarding order in place, but for best results send
   any postal mail to the Shotwell Street address starting Sep. 23, 2000.
   FedEx and other 1st- or 2nd-day delivery packages should be sent to
   the old address until Sep. 30.
   The move is happening both because we desperately need more space, and
   because our current lease is up, and the price, should we renew it,
   would be much higher. In our new location we are actually paying
   considerably less per square foot that we would if we were to stay in
   our current building (which has no room for expansion anyway). LAN
   cabling will also be handled in-house. Members can rest assured that
   their donations are not being unduly consumed by moving-related
   EFF's Washington DC branch office will also relocate soon. Details
Sep. 11 "BayFF" Meeting Celebrates RSA Patent Expiration

    Media Advisory
  Whit Diffie and Dave Del Torto Speak of the RSA Algorithm's Past and Future
   WHO: Electronic Frontier Foundation, Whit Diffie, Dave Del Torto and
   music by NSA
   WHAT: "BayFF" Meeting on RSA Patent Expiration
   WHEN: Monday September 11th, 2000 at 7:30PM
   WHERE: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame CA,
   +1 650 347 1234
   See DIRECTIONS 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,"
   kicked off on July 10th and will continue throughout the year. The
   upcoming BayFF features famed cryptographer Whitfield Diffie and
   MEconomy's Master of Secrets, Dave Del Torto. They will help us
   celebrate the RSA patent's expiration on September 20th, 2000. How
   will these changes effect the public at large? What are the benefits?
   Are there any drawbacks?
   Whitfield Diffie, who holds the position of Distinguished Engineer at
   Sun Microsystems, is best known for his 1975 discovery of the concept
   of public key cryptography, for which he was awarded a Doctorate in
   Technical Sciences (Honoris Causa) by the Swiss Federal Institute of
   Technology in 1992. Diffie received a Bachelor of Science degree in
   mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965.
   For a dozen years prior to assuming his present position in 1991,
   Diffie was Manager of Secure Systems Research for Northern Telecom,
   functioning as the center of expertise in advanced security
   technologies throughout the corporation. Since 1993, Diffie has worked
   largely in public policy, in the area of cryptography.
   Dave Del Torto's career in Internet privacy and security started in
   the late 1980s at the University of California at Berkeley, where he
   was one of the original "Cypherpunks." He joined Pretty Good Privacy
   Inc. (PGP) as a founding employee in 1996, and in 1997 was part of the
   four-man team that published the entire PGP source code in 13 paper
   volumes, which resulted in the first legal international PGP freeware
   (exports of 128-bit crypto have since been greatly deregulated).
   He currently serves as the Executive Director of the CryptoRights
   Foundation (a human rights security organization) and is the Chief
   Security Officer of MEconomy, Inc., a privacy infomediary company
   based in San Francisco.
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   Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
   1333 Bayshore Highway
   Burlingame, CA 94010
   (650) 347-1234
   From: San Francisco or SFO Airport
    1. Highway 101 South
    2. Exit: Millbrae Ave. East
    3. Go over the Overpass - toward the Bay (east)
    4. Turn right at stoplight - onto Bayshore Highway
    5. Go through 4 stoplights
    6. Hyatt will be visible on right side of the street
   From: San Jose
    1. Highway 101 North
    2. Exit: Broadway, stay to the right
    3. Turn left at the stoplight - onto Bayshore Highway
    4. Go through 1 stoplight
    5. Hyatt will be visible on left side of the street
   From: Lower East Bay
    1. Highway 880 South (Nimitz Freeway)
    2. Exit: Highway 92 (San Mateo Bridge)
    3. Exit: 101 North
    4. Exit: Broadway, stay to the right
    5. Turn left at the stoplight - onto Bayshore Highway
    6. Go through 1 stoplight
    7. Hyatt will be visible on left side of the street
   From: Oakland/Berkeley
    1. Highway 80 West (over the Bay Bridge)
    2. Highway 101 South
    3. Exit: Millbrae Ave. East
    4. Go over the overpass - toward the Bay (east)
    5. Turn right at stoplight - onto Bayshore Highway
    6. Go through 4 stoplights
    7. Hyatt will be visible on right side of the street
     John Marttila - EFF Administrative Assistant
     +1 415 436 9333 x104
EFF Now Accepts e-gold & PayPal Transactions for Memberships

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