First the good news: I'm thinking about throwing a Hackers 2.0ish party in early 2012. It probably won't be the same scale (maybe the its invite only and only backers who supported this project will know about it), but let me know if you have any connections to a killer venue :)
Second the bad news: in case you haven't heard, the Internet is being threatened by a piece of legislation called as SOPA. The bill is being marked up in Congress and might be voted on on Wednesday the 21st. If you've been ignoring all the SOPA news, please take a moment to read up on it. You can start here or on Wikipedia.
The gist of SOPA is that it will give the content industry unprecedented control over black-listing websites they claim are hosting infringing content. There will be no takedowns, no arbitration, and no oversight. If SOPA were law when YouTube launched, they would have had their DNS records yanked and the site would never have grown into the platform it is today. While the MPAA and RIAA claim sites like YouTube and Twitter won't be targeted by legislation like SOPA, they're lying. SOPA will be abused, just like the DMCA is being abused today -- except this time the effects will be much much worse.
The incumbent content industry hates the Internet, they hate that their business models are being subverted by technology, and they are going to try everything they can to maintain their economic dominance over the way culture is disseminated.
"If I were us, I'd get on the internet, send out a major distress signal. Hackers of the world unite."
So right now I'm remembering that scene at the end of Hackers where everyone calls up each other when they're mounting a concerted attack on the bad guys.
Thats basically what needs to happen here, except this is real life and instead of hacking the Gibson, you have to call your political representatives and tell them to vote against SOPA.
Which leads me to my new news, I've launched my third Kickstarter project, SOPA T-shirts:
Check out the project here and buy a shirt if you'd like to support the cause. I'm hoping to ship them in February 2012.
Thanks and HACK THE PLANET!