HOPE conference reports, 1994-2018 (FBI - New York)

Gregory Newby filed this request with the FBI - New York of New York.
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Multi Request HOPE conference reports, 1994-2018
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From: Gregory Newby

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Records of reports, observations, or surveillance that occurred at or around any of the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conferences, as listed below. This would include field reports from your personnel, or investigations related to HOPE of HOPE speakers, attendees, sponsors, or other associated personnel that occurred during the two month period before or after the conference.

Background of the conference, and its sponsor, 2600 Magazine, is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackers_on_Planet_Earth

HOPE was held at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania on these dates:
August 13-14 1994
July 14-15 2000
July 12-14 2002
July 9-11 2004
July 21-23 2006
July 18-20 2008
July 16-20 2010
July 13-15 2012
July 18-20 2014
July 22-24 2016
July 20-22 2018

It was held at the Puck Building in Manhattan on August 8-10, 1997. It is scheduled for St. John's University in Queens on July 31-August 2 2020.

Archives of the websites for the events, which for the most part include listings of speakers, are at https://www.hope.net

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Gregory Newby

From: FBI - New York

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Gregory Newby

Dear FBI:

To assist you in your search, I would like to narrow the scope to the following dates and keywords for the HOPE conference:

July 21-23, 2006, any records relating to Steven Rambam
July 16-18, 2010, any records relating to Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Adrian Lamo, or Wikileaks
July 13-15, 2012, any records relating to William Binney or the National Security Agency (NSA)
July 18-20, 2014, any records relating to Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, or the National Security Agency (NSA)
July 20-22, 2018, any records relating to Chelsea Manning

These narrower search terms should be useful to you. Note especially that the FBI arrested Steve Rambam at the HOPE conference in 2006. This was widely covered in the mainstream media (for example: https://www.informationweek.com/online-investigator-nabbed-by-feds-at-hackers-convention/d/d-id/1045513).

The named persons above are all believed to have been under FBI surveillance, before and during the HOPE conference dates listed above.

Thank you for considering my request to follow up with a more targeted query of FBI records.

Sincerely yours,

Gregory Newby

From: FBI - New York

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From: FBI - New York

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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