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June 2019 General Meeting

Rob Pegoraro on web and phone privacy and technology journalism

June 22, 2019, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

The meeting will be at George Mason University, in Enterprise Hall, Room 275.

In case of inclement weather or other emergencies, the Pi follows the same schedule for closures as the Montgomery County school system or, in the case of General Meetings, George Mason University.

Rob Pegoraro, former Washington Post technology writer and now a ronin technology journalist, will talk about recent developments in Web and smartphone privacy, the state of the tech-journalism business, and the prospects for new tech regulation. This dovetails nicely with the fascinating privacy and security announcements that Apple made at the 2019 World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), so he'll probably mention that, too. Rob will also bring a bag full of tech-event swag to give away. Warning: Rob doesn't always know what the swag is supposed to be. It can get exciting!

Rob Pegoraro
Rob Pegoraro, ronin technology journalist. The building in the background sure looks familiar.

We will start with our usual Question and Answer session, but probably with unusual questions that will result in fascinating answers that may answer the original question or send us down a marvelous technology maze of wonder and delight. You can't really tell; it is unscripted performance art mingled with extemporaneous science and technology.

After a brief break for lunch, the Mobile Lifestyle SIG meeting will follow the General Meeting.

If there is adequate bandwidth, and it isn't entirely used up by the attendees and their iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc., we will stream the meeting over the Pi's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeX9TuhjBL7n1HGlHOaNCmQ

There is also a possibility we will use Zoom, or some other verb. Not sure yet.

The General Meeting will be in Enterprise Hall, Room 275, #16 on the map below, on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax VA. Check back closer to the meeting date for any updates or changes.

George Mason University map

Enterprise Hall, our normal meeting place, is #16, and Exploratory Hall is #17. Click on the map for a much larger version of the George Mason University campus map.

George Mason University Essential Information

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

A whole bunch of George Mason maps: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Shenandoah Parking Garage (formerly the Sandy Creek Parking Garage because it is located on Sandy Creek) is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $4.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.