What we're about

The intent of this group is to preserve the ability of the citizenry to be informed and able to think and act critically in a society where the need to make decisions about personal privacy and property is emerging as an essential skill in order for private citizens to secure themselves. One does not need to be an expert in the fields of computer science or mathematics in order to contribute to this group; one should only bring a desire to learn for the purpose of forming an independent, well-informed opinion, and share for the purpose of developing the means to be vigilant and to change the discussion of hacking from a nefarious one to a constructive, community-based source of strength and cohesion. If a new technocratic reality is emerging, what role will you have in it? The idea is to discuss current affairs in computation AND security, discussing their historical evolution to the present state, technical methods and strategies, and to act as an entry point for persons new to the topic to speak with those who are active in the topic. The idea would be that everyone participating would learn at least one new thing and at the same time leave with at least one intriguing question, with everyone having a greater understanding of the central topic and a greater sense of trust. Math, computers, and security are scary because we do not talk about them and we assume they are beyond us. Nothing is further from the truth. You are great at this stuff, even if you don't know it yet.

Upcoming events (5+)

First Discussion at Cafe Intermezzo (Dunwoody): The Apple FBI iPhone case

Cafe Intermezzo off Ashford Dunwoody, across the street from Perimeter Mall, is accessible by MARTA (take the red-line to Dunwoody Station, walk through the mall, and cross Ashford Dunwoody; ~7 mins), has great parking, wifi access and is an overall excellent meeting space. The time and day seeks to accommodate everyone's availability and religious considerations while also bearing in mind the availability of the meeting space. -The first 30 minutes is for everyone to wake up, meet and greet, catch up, and place and receive orders. -Then (at each meeting), a guardian (if you're a member, that's you) will kick it off by answering the following question as they understand it, "What is hacking?" ~ 5 mins. -A more focused question, decided upon prior to each weekly meeting (most likely through rotation), is presented formally by the guardian that posed the question, and anyone that has something specific to present is asked to have that ready and to the extent possible have communicated that to the event organizer in advance. -If no guardian has anything formal to present on the question, the guardian that posed the question is asked to mediate a discussion on the topic and it is the goal of the remaining guardians to answer the question as best as possible. -the last 30 minutes are for the discussions to completely break out independently into any topics that arise from the primary topic discussed, and groups as they choose may self organize to discuss these topics. The first topic on Sunday, 17 APRIL 2016 :: 0930 hours @ Cafe Intermezzo is: The Implications of the Apple/ FBI Case -What is the ostensible legal argument? -Why is the outcome important? -What aspects of encryption and hacking are involved? -How is this likely to evolve?

First Discussion at Cafe Intermezzo (Dunwoody): The Apple FBI iPhone case

Cafe Intermezzo off Ashford Dunwoody, across the street from Perimeter Mall, is accessible by MARTA (take the red-line to Dunwoody Station, walk through the mall, and cross Ashford Dunwoody; ~7 mins), has great parking, wifi access and is an overall excellent meeting space. The time and day seeks to accommodate everyone's availability and religious considerations while also bearing in mind the availability of the meeting space. -The first 30 minutes is for everyone to wake up, meet and greet, catch up, and place and receive orders. -Then (at each meeting), a guardian (if you're a member, that's you) will kick it off by answering the following question as they understand it, "What is hacking?" ~ 5 mins. -A more focused question, decided upon prior to each weekly meeting (most likely through rotation), is presented formally by the guardian that posed the question, and anyone that has something specific to present is asked to have that ready and to the extent possible have communicated that to the event organizer in advance. -If no guardian has anything formal to present on the question, the guardian that posed the question is asked to mediate a discussion on the topic and it is the goal of the remaining guardians to answer the question as best as possible. -the last 30 minutes are for the discussions to completely break out independently into any topics that arise from the primary topic discussed, and groups as they choose may self organize to discuss these topics. The first topic on Sunday, 17 APRIL 2016 :: 0930 hours @ Cafe Intermezzo is: The Implications of the Apple/ FBI Case -What is the ostensible legal argument? -Why is the outcome important? -What aspects of encryption and hacking are involved? -How is this likely to evolve?

First Discussion at Cafe Intermezzo (Dunwoody): The Apple FBI iPhone case

Cafe Intermezzo off Ashford Dunwoody, across the street from Perimeter Mall, is accessible by MARTA (take the red-line to Dunwoody Station, walk through the mall, and cross Ashford Dunwoody; ~7 mins), has great parking, wifi access and is an overall excellent meeting space. The time and day seeks to accommodate everyone's availability and religious considerations while also bearing in mind the availability of the meeting space. -The first 30 minutes is for everyone to wake up, meet and greet, catch up, and place and receive orders. -Then (at each meeting), a guardian (if you're a member, that's you) will kick it off by answering the following question as they understand it, "What is hacking?" ~ 5 mins. -A more focused question, decided upon prior to each weekly meeting (most likely through rotation), is presented formally by the guardian that posed the question, and anyone that has something specific to present is asked to have that ready and to the extent possible have communicated that to the event organizer in advance. -If no guardian has anything formal to present on the question, the guardian that posed the question is asked to mediate a discussion on the topic and it is the goal of the remaining guardians to answer the question as best as possible. -the last 30 minutes are for the discussions to completely break out independently into any topics that arise from the primary topic discussed, and groups as they choose may self organize to discuss these topics. The first topic on Sunday, 17 APRIL 2016 :: 0930 hours @ Cafe Intermezzo is: The Implications of the Apple/ FBI Case -What is the ostensible legal argument? -Why is the outcome important? -What aspects of encryption and hacking are involved? -How is this likely to evolve?

First Discussion at Cafe Intermezzo (Dunwoody): The Apple FBI iPhone case

Cafe Intermezzo off Ashford Dunwoody, across the street from Perimeter Mall, is accessible by MARTA (take the red-line to Dunwoody Station, walk through the mall, and cross Ashford Dunwoody; ~7 mins), has great parking, wifi access and is an overall excellent meeting space. The time and day seeks to accommodate everyone's availability and religious considerations while also bearing in mind the availability of the meeting space. -The first 30 minutes is for everyone to wake up, meet and greet, catch up, and place and receive orders. -Then (at each meeting), a guardian (if you're a member, that's you) will kick it off by answering the following question as they understand it, "What is hacking?" ~ 5 mins. -A more focused question, decided upon prior to each weekly meeting (most likely through rotation), is presented formally by the guardian that posed the question, and anyone that has something specific to present is asked to have that ready and to the extent possible have communicated that to the event organizer in advance. -If no guardian has anything formal to present on the question, the guardian that posed the question is asked to mediate a discussion on the topic and it is the goal of the remaining guardians to answer the question as best as possible. -the last 30 minutes are for the discussions to completely break out independently into any topics that arise from the primary topic discussed, and groups as they choose may self organize to discuss these topics. The first topic on Sunday, 17 APRIL 2016 :: 0930 hours @ Cafe Intermezzo is: The Implications of the Apple/ FBI Case -What is the ostensible legal argument? -Why is the outcome important? -What aspects of encryption and hacking are involved? -How is this likely to evolve?