This is a FREE workshop put on by Cambridge Local First in collaboration with the City of Cambridge’s Community Development Department, sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company. There is a suggested donation of $20.
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MIT President L. Rafael Reif says he and MIT are standing behind students threatened by New Jersey with legal action if they don't turn over detailed information about a "proof of concept" project involving the online currency Bitcoin.
I want to make it clear that the students who created Tidbit have the full and enthusiastic support of MIT. Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and Provost Marty Schmidt met with the students yesterday. They and General Counsel Greg Morgan also spoke with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is providing to the students, pro bono, the independent legal representation that they need. We will remain in close coordination with the students and the EFF to offer assistance in the legal proceedings.
Reif's complete message:
To the members of the MIT community:
I am writing to address a problem that a group of MIT students currently face but that concerns all of us, because it highlights issues central to sustaining the creative culture of MIT.
The students in question are the creators of Tidbit, a proof-of-concept code for a novel Bitcoin-harvesting strategy. After Tidbit won the "most innovative" award in a recent hackathon, the State Attorney General of New Jersey demanded that the students turn over a sweeping set of documents, code and information—a surprising and difficult turn of events for the Tidbit team.
I am grateful to all those who have written to me to express their concern about this situation, and I want to make it clear that the students who created Tidbit have the full and enthusiastic support of MIT. Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and Provost Marty Schmidt met with the students yesterday. They and General Counsel Greg Morgan also spoke with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is providing to the students, pro bono, the independent legal representation that they need. We will remain in close coordination with the students and the EFF to offer assistance in the legal proceedings.
Beyond this specific case, I believe we should provide our student inventors and entrepreneurs with a resource for independent legal advice, singularly devoted to their interests and rights. I have asked the Provost, Chancellor and General Counsel to develop and submit to me a specific proposal for creating such a resource, which will add an essential new strength to MIT's innovation ecosystem.
When the MIT community works together, we spot problems, analyze them and solve them. Let's solve this one together.
L. Rafael Reif
Ed Hatfield provides the context for the photo he took before the storm started near Harvard Square today:
The elderly gentleman was having a tough time walking on the ice when the woman walked past him. After a few steps she stopped, turned around and offered her help which he quickly accepted.
Copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Finally, a new Harvard Square business that we can actually get excited about! Cannoli anyone?
Learn more here.
The Cambridge Civic Journal has a look at how the area fell apart after LBJ moved the planned Kennedy Space Center to his home state and how the city and how the renovation of the Kendall Square T station helped make the area what it is today.
Another recent addition to the Cambridge Room Collection, this unique photo postcard from 1909 shows Harvard students at play. It nicely compliments their game of Tug of War across the Charles.
This 1909 photo postcard of Harvard students playing a game of Tug of War – possible across the Charles River – is a new acquisition to the Cambridge Room Collection. We’ve seen a lot of historic postcards of Cambridge and Harvard, but this one is definitely unique.
Bruce Adams former archivist at the Division of Old Records, courtesy of the New York Times.
The New York Times recently wrote a Character Study on Bruce Adams, a newly retired archivist with a tenure of 30 years at the Division of Old Records in Manhattan. The Division of Old Records contains courtroom journals dating back to 1674 – that means there’s a lot of paper. There’s so much paper that Adams decided that immediately upon retiring, he would continue to work as a volunteer. Now he’s doing his old job with no pay.
Don’t let the name of the archives fool you – the collection is filled with great artifacts, like the 1909 letter from Typhoid Mary asking to be set free from quarantine from the North Brother Island and Aaron Burr’s 1804 indictment for dueling as well as his divorce filing. Who wouldn’t want to keep filing those papers? Take it from us, archivists can be obsessive about their work! Read the article on Adams here.
Galen Moore asks:
Anyone know why the north bank of the Charles won't freeze between the Longfellow and the Museum of Science? It's creepy.Neighborhoods:
- Cambridge Police Department representatives respond to crime in and around Agassiz and provide tips for protecting yourself
- Cambridge City Councillors at March ANC meeting
Jerking, floating, doing the robot –all names ascribed to hip hop dance steps that are as quick, catchy, and in-your-face as the moves that take pre-teen, teen and young adult performers across the stage in synchronized struts, controlled slides, or dizzying, gravity-defying flips at the Agassiz Baldwin Hip Hop Festival. This annual event, hosted on the Maria L. Baldwin School Stage since 1996, showcases talented dancers who exhibit fresh approaches to old skool moves like “the cabbage patch” and “the wop” (remember those?), cheered on by a crowd of 250 or more school-age children and their chaperones.
“The Hip Hop Festival is really interactive,” states Maria Laine, Director of Children’s Programs at Agassiz Baldwin Community. “Kids connect to the music, and they see themselves in it. They cheer, clap their hands, stand up and dance. It’s not a sit-down-and-be-quiet kind of show.”
Favorite dance troupes return annually to showcase the freshest additions to the hip hop dance dictionary, inspiring a new generation of dancers, choreographers, and culture-hounds to leap to their feet, sing along, shout, and boogie. Sometimes audience members become performers themselves, either during the show as surprise “guerrilla” acts, or by returning the following year with a dance routine all their own.
The Hip Hop Festival takes place on Thursday, February 20th, 2014, from 2-3 pm at the Maria L. Baldwin School in Cambridge. This year’s festival includes performances by the Deborah Mason School of Dance, Community Art Center Dance Crew, The Hip Hop Transformation youth rappers, King Open Extended Day’s Best Dance Crew, and more!
Tickets are $2 per person or $5 per family group. Afterschool groups can attend free if they RSVP to Maria Laine at email@example.com with their program name, contact person, number of students, and the number of adult chaperones.
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Today, ILSR released the results of our national survey of independent business owners, conducted in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business. Find out what 2,602 indie businesses had to say! http://www.ilsr.org/2014-survey/
The Cambridge City Council on Monday considers a proposal to have the city manager meet with officials at the Boston Globe to get them to stop littering the streets with Globe Direct circulars that many residents never asked for in the first place.
The proposed measure, sponsored by councilors Leland Cheung, Marc McGovern and Dennis Carlone, says the red plastic bags the ads come in is turning Cambridge streets into repositories of red trash. And the bags are not biodegradable, which means the material could last up to 1,000 years, posing a long-term threat to marine life when they are ripped into bits and float out to sea.
Their resolution also says that beyond going against the sort of environmental sustainability Cambridge wants to be known for, Globe Direct has become a serious pain in the ass:
Although many residents have made numerous attempts to opt-out of the circulars and have repeatedly confirmed that they have been unsubscribed with Globe Direct staff, they continue to receive the circulars on a weekly basis ... In some cases, the circular is delivered even when a written notice is posted in front of the dwelling to indicate that the resident does not want to receive it.
Cambridge residents who want to testify on the proposal at the Monday evening meeting at City Hall can call 617-349-4280 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday or sign up in person at City Hall between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Melissa Jean captured this snowman in Inman Square.
Oops: Harvard mistake means thousands of employees probably paid too much in income tax for several years
Harvard recently notified 11,000 current and former employees that a mistake in the way it calculated the value of supplemental life insurance meant they probably paid too much in income tax between 2009 and 2013, because in many cases, the life insurance was listed on their W-2 forms as taxable income, when it wasn't.
The note suggested employees file amended returns with the feds and the state.
Naturally, you don't send a memo like that out at a place like Harvard without faculty members at one of the nation's leading law schools taking a close look. Which is just what HLS professors Alvin Warren and Daniel Halperin did. Both are kind of a big deal in income-tax circles.
Among other things,Warren and Halperin write in their own memo on the memo, the university should reimburse all affected employees - with interest, of course - especially since a federal statue of limitations means they probably won't be able to file amended returns for the earlier years.
The letter does not accurately present the scope of the problem. It says that "For many people, the amount of the over-reported income was less that $200 per year." That is true, but for some employees, the amount exceeds $10,000. Nowhere is the total scope of the problem frankly presented. We were told in our meeting that more than 11,000 current and former employees are affected, with the total amount of overreported income exceeding $20,000,000. In our judgment, to mention in the letter only those employees for whom the amount involved is less than $200 per year is misleading as to the true extent of the problem.
Numero uno, huh? I can’t decide if I’m proud or offended. Read more here.