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What the Hack suspended?

by Nikola Strahija on May 22nd, 2005 A distinguished hackers' gathering scheduled to take place in July could be banned by the local government.

The politicians of the Nederland town Boxtel fear of law and order breaches and danger to public safety. The organisers of What the Hack have been told they now need a permit for the event to happen.

Organiser Rop Gonggrijp, co-founder of the first ever Dutch Internet provider XS4ALL assumes it is a misunderstanding, because the event has not resulted in any incidents in the past. Furthermore, even though hackers think it is very important to expose bad computer security, majority of participants of What the Hack are grown-up, responsible people, who have worked in computer security industry for a long time.

What the Hack usually draws 3,000 participants from all over the world. It has been running for 16 years. In 1997, visitors at the event used a legal loophole to distribute an exported copy of the PGP encryption program, forcing the US government to change its policies regarding the export of strong encryption algorithms.

This year's bash - if it happens - will feature lectures on the fight against software patents in Europe, discussions on how to use wireless technologies in developing countries, and presentations about biometric identification.

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