[Noisebridge-discuss] SF TechnoActivism Third TUESDAY -- Matthew Garrett on TPMs, Management Engines and more, 6PM, Feb 17, EFF HQ

Danny O'Brien danny at eff.org
Fri Feb 13 05:54:41 UTC 2015


This month's San Francisco Techno-Activism Third Monday:

1) ... will take place on TUESDAY 17th FEBRUARY, because we didn't want to stomp all over your long weekend.

2) ... features an eye-opening and fascinating discussion led by:

Matthew "mjg59" Garrett, free software kernel coder.

3) ... will have Matthew walk you through:

"TPMs, Management Engines, Secure Boot, Trusted Boot and things in-between."

Hardwired code that can prevent you swapping out your computer's operating
system[1]. Hidden, cordoned-off processors embedded in your PC that runs secret
code, and can read your computer's memory and talk over the Internet without your
knowledge[2]. 

For the last decade, and largely unnoticed, computers and mobile devices have
been sprouting features that challenge the idea that the owner of a PC has
ultimate control over their own hardware and software.

These "trusted computing" developments have been called "treacherous
computing"[3] by free software advocates because of their ability to betray the
control of your computer to strangers. But might they also hold out the promise
of better protection against external surveillance and compromise?

Matthew won the 2013 Free Software Foundations' Free Software Award for his
work to ensure that open platforms could work in conjunction with Secure Boot,
and is now a FSF board member. He writes at http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/ and
http://twitter.com/mjg59

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface#Secure_boot_criticism
[2] http://www.slideshare.net/codeblue_jp/igor-skochinsky-enpub
[3] http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/drm.html

4) ... will take place at:

EFF Headquarters,
815 Eddy Street,
San Francisco,
CA 941110
http://eff.org/815eddy

5) ... is at February 17th, 6:30PM (get here for 6:00 for snacks and introductions)

6) ... has no need for you to RSVP but you should subscribe to 
https://lists.eff.org/mailman/listinfo/ta3m-sf for info of future talks.

7) ... is part of the global movement of Techno-Activism Third Mondays.
TA3M is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and
activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open
technology. Currently, TA3M are held in fifteen cities throughout the
world, and growing. As the name implies, it is held on the third Monday
of each month. See https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays or
https://ta3m.org/ for details of your local event.

8) ... will see you there!
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