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HACK-IT 98 Frequently Asked Questions

The Italian Faq

ver. 1.2 - May, 27th, 1998

Getting Started

Computers and other tools



Getting started

What is Hack-IT 98?

Hack-IT 98 cannot be defined in one way only. It is an open-air festival, a meeting, a hacking party, a pause for reflection, an occasion of public learning, an act of rebellion and an exchange of ideas, experiences, dreams, utopias and love. What characterises Hack-IT 98 is our wish to live these three days completely self-organised basing ourselves on our needs. Hack-IT 98 is a SELF-ORGANISED event: there are neither organisers nor users, but only participants.


In Italy, in a squat in Florence named C.P.A. (Centro Popolare Autogestito, Popular Self-Organised Centre), Viale Giannotti 79, Florence. Tel and Fax ++ 39 55 6580151


On Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of June, 1998. If you wish and if you have time, you can join Hack-IT 98 several days before the starting date, in order to help organise the event, install the LAN and do whatever might be useful.


How you wish! The C.P.A. offers a large area where you can pleasantly spend your days and nights during the meeting. There will be a self-organised camping site, so bring your tent and everything you might need.

How much?

Do you have to pay to participate to Hack-IT 98? Of course not. Hack-IT 98 is a no-profit event and nobody will make money out of it. In order to cover expenses we will organise a few concerts and other social events; to attend these a small fare will be requested. In the eventuality that the expenses should be too high, a small subscription fee will be requested to all participants.

Computers and other tools

Will we have an Internet connection?

The answer is almost certainly yes. Although during Hack-IT 98 people are not meant to work on computers or to navigate on the net, we believe it is important to be connected at all times. We will thus activate an ISDN line connected to the Internet.

Will we have a LAN?

Yes! The LAN will be based on TCP/IP, we'll then build an'intranet' during Hack-It 98. It is highly preferable to use RJ45 connectors to connect to the LAN, although there will also be a possibility to use BNC connectors.

Will I have computers to work on?

The answer doesn't depend on us. We can guarantee connectivity and the LAN, but have no idea of how many computers will be available. Bring your own computer (laptop or not!), your ethernet adapter, your hubs and so on. The LAN will be in continual progress! So please read these FAQ as often as you can, as the information will be continually updated.

Can I bring my own computer?

Of course! It would be an excellent idea if everyone interested in using a computer during Hack-IT 98 brings his own. Sheltered tables and rooms will be available.

What else do I need?

If you want to connect your computer to the LAN and to the net, you will surely need a LAN Adapter. If you don't have one, you can buy one for about 30$ in any computer shop. If you want to connect your laptop or your non-IBM computer, you will have to spend a little more.

May I bring various electronic equipment?

Of course! You can bring whatever you want: radios, pagers, radioscanners, toasters etc. etc. The more you bring with you, the more Hack-IT 98 will be fun :-)


Where to sleep

If you want to live the true atmosphere of Hack-IT 98, the C.P.A. offers a large area where you can place your tent or sleeping bag. A tent is not necessary but useful, both for your comfort and your privacy during the event. Unfortunately we are in a metropolitan area, so do not expect lawns and greenery. We will have to sleep on the hard cement! An inflatable mattress will allow you to go back home without a stiff neck! If all this is just too much, you can book a hotel, but it will cost you a lot more... A list of hotels will be posted later.

Where to eat

The C.P.A. is known for its good Italian cooking and good-looking cooks! You can eat well at the C.P.A. without spending a fortune. Special attention will be given to Vegetarians and Vegans. If you don't want to eat at the C.P.A., there are many restaurants, pizzerias, supermarkets and shops of every kind in the neighbourhood.


WCs and showers will be installed for the event.

How to get there

Florence is - we think - a well-known place. The best way to reach it is by train, plane, bus or car (but not by boat!). Detailed information on how to reach the C.P.A. will be given later.



Workshops and courses

The backbone of Hack-IT 98 will be a series of self-organised workshops. Everybody can propose and carry out his own workshop. All we ask is that you inform us as soon as you can what your ideas and proposals are. A reminder: most of Hack-IT 98 will be in Italian…
Two courses will introduce people not too skilled with computers in the correct environment of Hack-It 98

  • Courses in basic network technology
    For people with low skills in computer usage. The course will teach how to use the basic services offered by the most popular networks.

  • Cryptography and anonimity on the networks
    For people with an average knowledge of network technology. The course wishes to show how to defend your privacy by using several techniques (cryptography, steganography, PGP, anonymous remailers etc).

    You can see a map of CPA. (It is in ascii characters; look at it with some imagination)

    Friday, June 5th


    Where What Who

    9.00 - 11.00

    Sala Navigazione Linux 4 Beginners Net Diver

    10.30 - 13.00

    Cupola Hacker Art -part I Tommaso Tozzi

    14.00 - 16.00

    Teatro Ipertexts. How to think and how to create on the Net.
    The role of the author and the role of the reader.

    14.00 - 15.00

    Cupola Knowledge within the Net Ferry Byte

    15.00 - 17.00

    Cupola Hacker Art - part II Tommaso Tozzi

    16.00 - 18.00

    Teatro History of information technology - part I Evaluna, S. Sansa, T.H.E. Walrus, W. Maddler

    16.00 - 18.00

    Loginottik Corso: Basic Network technology - part I Evaluna, S. Sansa, T.H.E. Walrus, W. Maddler

    18.00 - 21.00

    Longinottik Debate on the new book 'riptonite. Escape from global control'. Course 'Criptographyand anonimity on the network'. A cura degli autori

    18.30 - 21.00

    Cupola Hacker Art - part III Tommaso Tozzi

    21.00 - 24.00

    Teatro Debate on the CD-ROM 'Digital Zones' and on Self-organising networks in Italy and Europe. Which are the polical and social uses of the network?" Isole nella rete e Tactical media Crew

    Saturday, June 6th





    9.00 - 11.00

    Sala Navigazione Linux 4 Beginners Net Diver

    11.00 - 13.00

    Cupola Router CISCO to diagnose and cure some network troubles uVULSI

    11.00 - 13.00

    Longinottik Course: Basic Network technology - part II Evaluna, S. Sansa, T.H.E Walrus, W. Maddler

    14.00 - 16.00

    Longinottik Course: Criptography and anonimity; PGP T.H.E. Walrus

    14.00 - 16.00

    Sala Navigazione IP version 6. The new generation of Internet protocols. Fausto Saporito and Kyuzz

    16.00 - 18.00

    Sala Navigazione VRML and Java VRMLdreamers and E.Pecis

    18.00 - 20.00

    Longinottik Course:Criptography and anonimity; Anonymous Remailer T.H.E. Walrus

    18.00 - 21.00

    Teatro Video: Richard Stallman and debate on the GNU project Present Linuxisti

    21.00 - 24.00

    Longinottik Provider's legal responsibility and censorship. H. Velena, V. Baroni and Luther Blissett Project

    Sunday, June 7th





    9.00 - 11.00

    Sala Navigazione Linux 4 Beginners Net Diver

    10.00 - 12.00

    Longinottik Course: Criptography and anonimity; Nym Server e File System Crittati Putro, Luc Pac and Marta Mckenzie

    10.00 - 12.00

    Teatro Course: Basic Network technology - part III Evaluna, S. Sansa, T.H.E Walrus, W. Maddler

    13.00 - 14.30

    Longinottik Course: Criptography and anonimity; Steganography Frank Sinapsi

    14.30 - 17.00

    Teatro Final meeting The surviver........

    17.00 - 19.00

    Teatro Low tech networks: the BBSs environments L.Noferini and A.Dupre'

    17.00 - 19.00

    Longinottik Course: Criptography and anonimity; PGP Phone Zeus Kissakie'

    17.00 - 19.00

    Cupola A new challenge for the Ethics of Computing in the Ideas MarketPlace of the "new" Economics of Information. Arturo di Corinto

    19.00 - 20.00

    Longinottik Corso: Criptography and anonimity;
    Packet radio e wireless digital transmissions
    And Bov

    19.00 - 22.00

    Cupola History of information technology - part II Renato Pii


    Thursday, June 4th

  • Inauguration of Hack-It 98
    Opening buffet and party

  • Radio Cybernet
    The voice of Hack-It 98! Radio Cybernet (http://www.kyuzz.org/radiocybernet) will be the at Hack-It 98. You will listen Radio Cybernet in Real Audio and *on the air* on a pirate frequency!
    All meeting on, Cubo

  • Self-productions
    Where to sell and to buy self-produced equipments.
    All meeting on, Entrance of the Astronave.

  • PGP Key Signing Party
    Master of Keys: Zeus Kissakie'
    The party allows to certificate the corrispondence between a public PGP key and her/his owner. This is a clou ebent, that will explode during the meeting.

  • Mutazioni
    Created by Nux Vomica. A digital video that condenses the creative experience of the last millennium.
    All meeting on, Cubo

  • Global chat-conferences
    Tommaso Tozzi
    An IRC server, a channel and several appointments during the hackmeeting, will allow to start a conversation with people, situations, associations etc from all over the world. Event still in progress.

  • No-profit server in Spain
    Alberto Escudero
    From Nodo50, Spanish no-profit server (mirror/ Spanish site of Hack-It 98). A debate about the experience of a non-profit Server Provider in the jungle-net...
    Event still in progress.

  • Digital activities in Amsterdam
    By Patrice Riemens
    Debate with our sisters and brothers from xs4all (from Nederlands).
    Event still in progress.

    Friday, June 5th

  • Kriptonite
    Joe Lametta will meet his affectionated readers of "Kriptonite. Escape form the global control: cryptography, anonimity and privacy on the network".
    h 21.00, Longinottik.

  • I.S.O.
    A trip to the border of sound and performance.
    Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (drums, electronics)
    Sachiko Matsubara (sampler)
    Otomo Yoschide (drums, guitar)
    h 10 pm, Astronave

    Saturday, June 6th

  • Richard Stallman
    Video form DECODER about the Italian tour of Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and of the GNU project.
    h 18.00 - 21.00, Teatro.

  • Theatrical/virtual performance
    from Graffio (title and names of the performes are still in progress)
    h 21.00, Astronave.

  • Virus hunters
    Perfomance with multimedia software Fabio Massi, Alessandra Valente, Felix Zingarelli, Graffio
    h 9 pm, Astronave

  • Digitals Zones
    You can taste the self-produced CD-ROM of Isole nella Rete. It is a digital anthology of texts, images, video and sounds from social centres, groups and association of the intalian (and not only) under and overground.
    h 21.00 - 24.00, Teatro

  • Rave
    dj Duramater (ch), dj Alain (ch), dj Ultracore (ch), dj Candyman (ch), dj Jimmy (it)
    h 24.00, Astronave

    Sunday, June 7th

  • Associazione Astronauti Autonomi
    We will meet the 'Associazione Astronauti Autonomi' (Autonomous Astronauts Associated, supported by Riccardo Balli and Massimo Contrasto). Reading-concert-performance: the programme final program will be posted asap. Some members of the Association from UK, F, A may take part to the meeting... You will also find free papers and information about Associazione Astronauti Autonomi.
    h 21.00, Astronave

  • Synt Night
    One hundred or one thousand synt amplified, and one hundred or one thousand "human interfaces" will try to build an ensamble of thirty minutes of contemporary music, different from the "classical contemporary music". Everyone with an electronic keybord is invited. Bring your own mixer and cables!
    There will be a meeting for all participants at Astronave (4.30 pm).
    XXLUVSX. Ahmed Elman. Antonio Ligurgo. Rush. Bym. Tommaso Tozzi (MS20). Marco Cesare. Burp. Mkt. Massimo Contrasto (MS20). Riccardo Balli. Steve Rozzi. Pussy Motorino. F. Bucalossi. G. Verde. Aut. Steak. Skuamo......
    h 9.30 pm, Astronave

    Info and contacts

    You can join the mailing list hackmeetin@kyuzz.org. Send an e-mail at majordomo@kyuzz.org writing in the body message 'subscribe hackmeeting'.
    News on Hack-IT 98 and these FAQ are at the URL: http://www.ecn.org/hackit98.

    These FAQ are periodically updated and posted in several mailing lists and newsgroups.
    If you wish to participate to Hack-IT 98 or if you want propose a workshop or if you want to give a helping hand in organising, join the mailing list hackmeeting@kyuzz.org or send a message to hackit98@ecn.org

    For any further information, send a message to hackit98@ecn.org


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