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2004 Associate Member Meeting

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Jun 16, 2004 04:12 PM
The Second Annual FSF Associate Membership meeting will be on Saturday, March 27, 2004, from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM in Cambridge, MA, USA at MIT in Building 1, Room 190</a>. Please arrive at 9:30 AM for breakfast and registration.

The RSVP deadline has passed. However, if you would like to inquire if there is still space available, please do so in an email to

Below is the intended schedule for the event. Minor adjustments may be made, but the start time of 9:30 AM for registration and breakfast will not change.

There is no charge for attending. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This year, we are also organizing a dinner for after the meeting, at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. The cost for this is $20 per person (drinks are extra). Please let us know when you RSVP if you plan to attend the dinner, so we can work out payment arrangements and make an accurate reservation.

Here is a map from MIT to the Middle East. They are on the same road. The Middle East has two separate (but adjacent) street addresses. We will be at their 480 Massachusetts Avenue location.

Some members have expressed interest in using the meeting as an opportunity to get their GPG keys signed. If you are interested in this, you should bring copies of your key fingerprint (gpg --fingerprint) to hand out.

The Day's Events

  •   9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Introduction & Welcome / FSF Staff Presentations

    • John Sullivan, Associate Member and Patron Programs
    • Lisa Goldstein, GNU Press
    • Janet Casey, Free Software Directory
    • Ted Teah, GPL Compliance Lab

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Bradley Kuhn, The State of the Foundation

  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break / Volunteer Sign-up

  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Geoffrey Knauth, Free Software and the Global Economy

  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch

  • 12:30 p.m. -   1:15 p.m. Gerald Sussman,
                                        An Intelligent Book for Introductory Circuit Theory

  •   1:15 p.m. -   2:00 p.m. Eben Moglen

  •   2:00 p.m. -   2:15 p.m. Break

  •   2:15 p.m. -   3:00 p.m. Henri Poole, Free Software in Politics

  •   3:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m. Richard Stallman, The Danger of Software Patents

  •   4:00 p.m. -   4:30 p.m. Board of Directors Panel

  •   5:30 p.m. -   7:30 p.m. Dinner at the Middle East (for those who preregistered)

Getting to the Meeting Site

The event will be held on the MIT campus in Building 1, Room 90.

Directions for getting to MIT as a whole are available on MIT's website. If you are driving, MIT's site has some suggestions for parking. However, if you are driving to the Boston area, your best bet is probably to park in one place (like your hotel) and use public transportation to get around while you are here. Scroll down the page for more information on available public transportation.

Mailing List to Coordinate for Meeting

We have created a Mailman email list, <>, which you can subscribe to by sending 'subscribe' to <> or by visiting the the Mailman mailing list site. Feel free to use this list to meet other associate members who plan to attend the meeting so that you can discuss room sharing and other coordination details.

Hotel Suggestions

Area hotels within a 5 minute walk from the meeting:

20 Sidney Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 551-0316

2 Cambridge Center, Broadway and Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-6600
Fax: (617) 494-0036

350 Main St.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 577-1300
Fax: (617) 577-1377

Other hotels and area restaurants are listed at:

Getting to MIT via Public Transportation - MBTA (aka "The T")

The MBTA's new trip planning site can sometimes be useful:

Subway: By train, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT Station or to the Central Square Station, both of which are a short walk from the campus. The walk from Central Square takes about 10 minutes and takes you right down Massachusetts Avenue. The Kendall/MIT Station is on the edge of the east end of campus, and as soon as you enter an MIT building, you can get to the other buildings without going outside. From the Central Square stop, take Mass. Ave East (toward Memorial Drive and the Charles River). Bldg. 1 is on the corner of Mass. Ave. and Memorial Drive. From the Kendall/MIT Station follow the directions on the map.

Bus: The #1 or Dudley bus stops at MIT on Massachusetts Avenue and provides transportation to Central Square and Harvard Square. The MIT stop is at a large crosswalk with a stop light. On one side of the street are steps leading up to large Ionic columns and the Small Dome of MIT, on the other side of the street are the Stratton Student Center and Kresge Oval (an open, grass-covered area).

Airport Information

The closest airport is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). From any airport terminal, look for signs for the "MassPort Shuttle". Wait at the MassPort Shuttle stop for a bus that says it is going to SUBWAY (either Route #11 or #33).

That shuttle will take you to the Airport T station. This is on the Blue Line. Take the Blue Line inbound to Government Center. Get out at Government Center and go upstairs. Take a Green Line train to Park Street (there are several possibilities, lettered B, C, D and E). Get out at Park Street. Head toward the entrance of the station and follow the signs downstairs to the outbound Red Line platform (the signs will also say Alewife).  You can get out at either Kendall/MIT or Central Square. From here, follow the directions in the section above this one.

For driving directions from the airport, click here.

Train Information

The closest Amtrak train station is Boston South Station (BOS). If you arrive via train, follow signs to the MBTA or SUBWAY. South Station is also a stop on the T's Red Line. You can take an inbound "Alewife" train to the Kendall/MIT station.

Boston's Commuter Rail comes from all directions from towns throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Some trains come into South Station (see above), and others come into North Station. The Commuter Rail North Station is a short outside walk to the T's Green Line North Station. Exit the Commuter Rail station and follow signs for the Green Line. Take a Green Line train inbound to Park Street, which connects to the Red Line.

Bus Information

Greyhound Bus: Greyhound buses bound for Boston will bring you to South Station. There is a Red Line Subway stop at South Station. Take the inbound "Alewife" train to MIT.

Peter Pan: Peter Pan buses will also bring you to South Station.

Chinatown Buses: There are Boston-bound buses from Chinatowns in Baltimore, Washington, New York and Philadelphia. They are usually substantially cheaper than Greyhound or Peter Pan. These buses will bring you to Boston's Chinatown. From Chinatown, walk down Washington Street, toward downtown. Once you approach the shopping district, you will see entrances for the Red Line at Downtown Crossing. Take Red Line outbound "Alewife" train to MIT.

Sunshine Travel (more expensive) and Travel Pack USA (less expensive) are two companies that operate between New York and Boston. If you need help gathering information on Chinatown buses from other cities, please send us email.

Please contact <> if you need more information.

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