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Hacktivism (hacker activism). Hacking for masses. Political and social issues

 

AnonymousIn the recent years the activity of hackers has undergone chages. Three or four years ago the mainstream idea was to "hack for money" or just for fun. Today, it's different: vulnerability of technical systems can be used for political blackmailing or extortion; the ones who own information and know how to use it can easily manipulate masses.

Initially hacker meant someone who knows something extremely well. Again, in today's mass media this meaning has changed. Nearly everyone can download some software which is easy to use, and hack someone's account, or simply get involved in a massive attack on Pentagon servers.

On the 17th of September a group called the Anonymous are organizing a  big event aimed at restoring democracy in the USA. This event is positioned as a nonviolent revolution. The Anonymous also get involved in the conflicts in Syria, Egypt, Spain, etc. 

 

  During the session, we are going to see a presentation of this phenomenon and duscuss the aims, results, and ways of such actions. We will also talk about hackers, Wikileaks, the Anonymous, LulzSec, LulzKittens, Low Orbit Ion Cannon, and FBI. 

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Meet Betty

Betty, an AIESEC intern, comes to tell about her life, work, and travels.

Presentation: Intellectual Property and Copyright

Copyright sign / Photo by Horia VarlanWhat is intellectual property and how is it different from other types of property? What is copyright? What are DMCA and its Russian counterparts? These questions will be discussed in the introductory class led by Iakov Vokhmintsev. Other points of interest include:

  • What constitutes copyright infringement? Comparing Russia with other countries;
  • Licensing copyrighted material (with special focus on audio and photo works): royalties, royalty-free licences, licensed uses;
  • Derivatives, collections and translations: how do they fit in;
  • Alternatives to copyright: Creative Commons and other good and interesting things.

ATTENTION: the meeting takes place at a new location! The venue, called "Zhuravl" art centre, is located at MOPR square, 7 (very near to Tsentralnii marketplace, which in turn is close to the crossroads of ul. Kommuny and ul. Rossiiskaia). Take a look at Yandex.Map: http://maps.yandex.ru/-/CBa14S3s

We'll wait for you on Saturday at 17:00.

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Conflicts. Avoiding conflicts. Overcomig conflicts

What is exactly a conflict?
Is it a normal working process or an extraordinary abnormal emission of emotions?
Can we avoid it somehow? And what to do if - oh my God - it happened?

All these answers you will know after the period. You'll discover that we have only 5 (!) simple conflict models and the most effective ways of leaving it have been already worked out by smart people and their experience :=)



Job hunting

A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D.  Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B.

"Fats" Domino

 

Have you ever been looking for a job? Whatever your answer is, you probably find the topic interesting (not to say sore). Looking for a reliable and generous employer that would give you something interesting and well-paid to do is always a hard task, but there are walkthroughs. 

So, what qualities does an ideal employee need? Where does one look for a job? What does one do for that and what mustn't one do under any circumstances? Come to ask these questions or to answer them.

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Psychological tests

Psychological tests are a kind of fun; but theymight also be useful. We'll go through some and discuss the results.

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Travellers' story: Kiev

KievFinally here comes the travellers' story you've been longing to hear for months: Iakov and Daria are back from Kiev and are now ready to tell about their voyage. 

The delicatessen include:

  • Ukraine: is it really foreign?;
  • Kiev: must see;
  • IJK-67, or what Daria did;
  • travelling tips;
  • photos etc.

Come and see it with your eyes. Warning: you might become willing to try it yourself. ;)

P.S. The traveller's story about Istanbul will follow a few meetings later.

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Social networking services

Leonard: We need to widen our circle.
Sheldon: I have a very wide circle. I have 212 friends on MySpace.
Leonard: Yes, and you've never met one of them.
Sheldon: That's the beauty of it.

The Big Bang Theory

 

What do you think about social networks? Are they useful and convenient means of everyday communication or evil time-eaters? And frankly speaking, do you really know much about them, the systems in which millions spend hours of their free time? What are they? Who made them and what was the idea? What they consist of? Where is it all going?

You will be able to ask these and other questions during our club's meeting this Thursday.

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The Art of Memory

Photo by Treehugger, flickrHas it ever happened to you that some things had just slipped away from your memory? Have you ever been trying to recollect people's names, birthdays, or cellphone numbers? Do you remember memorizing intensely before exams? Seems like a universal problem. However, there are people who don't suffer from it and whose memory is rather an advantage. Meet one of them and learn some tricks. Don't miss the most useful meeting of this summer! ;)

The beauty of Indonesia (presentated by our Indonesian guests)

Get to know all about the uniquiness and diversity of Indonasia at first hand.

Do not miss a nice presentation prepared for you by our Indonasian guests!