[hackerspaces] DARPA Sponsored Hacker Space Assessment

Eric Stein toba at des.truct.org
Tue Dec 6 17:46:16 CET 2011

Creepy. No.

On 12/06/2011 10:27 AM, Ben Brown wrote:
> Hmm... I don't think 'open' belongs anywhere near 'not be shared with
> the general public'. I realize what you meant though.. open nature as in
> they're not forcing anyone to give up any specific information they
> don't want to. That's nice.
> Sociological breakdown, capabilities, financing.... sounds like a nice
> rundown to allow for future collaboration on DARPA projects. Also sounds
> like a great addition for a government-maintained hacker registry... or
> since it's the DoD, I guess it's more likely a watch list? With
> sponsorship as an incentive.
> Ben
> On 12/6/2011 10:44 AM, Jesse Krembs wrote:
>> Dear All
>> In light of the recent discussion ("will the fruits of our labors be
>> used for, good or for evil?") I figure it would be time to ask a
>> question I have been pondering for some time.
>> Would the hacker space that you are a member of participate in a
>> assessment of your hacker space if it was sponsored by DARPA?
>> Additional information to consider:
>> DARPA would be the sole receiver of this the information collected
>> during the assessment. It would not be shared with the general public
>> or the participating hacker spaces.
>> The assessment would be of an open nature. With all the information
>> provided by the hacker space being assessed as they feel fit.
>> The requested information would be broad (state of financing, number
>> of members, project, interests, tools, aspirations, history, etc) but
>> not particularly specific.
>> For example:
>> How many members and what the sociological breakdown is.
>> There would of course be some very specific questions but not
>> particularly intrusive I think. Name, address, contact info.
>> The idea is that the assessment would be in person by the DARPA
>> sponsored individual, with the assessor taking pictures of the space,
>> making floor plan maps, inventory of major equipment (we have a
>> lathe!). I think this is a good opportunity as well to provide a
>> narrative history of the space and other relevant topics.
>> Feel free to answer me on or off list. I'm not interested in launching
>> a big discussion football BTW, just trying to get a sense of what the
>> community at large thinks. The work/life change required to perform
>> this work is quite massive and figuring out some fact before hand
>> would be key.
>> Thank you.
>> --
>> Jesse Krembs
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