Sci-Hub Meetup London
Meetup #1 —
@ Newspeak House

Hey!—

Are you interested in Sci-Hub? We’re interested in Sci-Hub!

We’re a group of people (not affiliated with Sci-Hub) that wants to talk about and exchange ideas and stories about the unique library.

Join us in our inaugural meetup at Newspeak House. Let’s meetup and talk about the phenomenon of Sci-Hub.

Context for the current affairs: Sci-Hub has been under attack since its inception, but since February 2021, it has stopped getting updated. No new articles are added. This is due an ongoing legal hearing in India, which keeps—constantly—being postponed.

Update 5/11/2021: Sci-Hub adds 2m new articles.

Sci-Hub has a large impact to researchers from all disciplines, students, activists, copyright pirates, politicians, law people, and eventually the whole of society. This is the reason that we expect people from various different fields of interest to join.

This is also the reason that even if one feels they are from a completely irrelevant area and are not sure if they should attend, the answer is definitely yes! I’m pretty confident everyone can fit it and talk about Sci-Hub.

In terms of agenda, there will be a short presentation about the latest developments around Sci-Hub and then various discussions around Sci-Hub, ethical concerns, social impact, et al.

Hope to see you there :)

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 at 6pm.

Calendar event link.

Newspeak House is at 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG.

Contact: @sirodoht or zf+scihub@sirodoht.com.

Here is our Code of Conduct.

PS. We do not support, endorse, or contribute in any way to illegal activities. Our interest to Sci-Hub is only from a societal and research point of view.


Notes

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Sci-Hub can be approached through many lenses

Practical. Making it easier to download articles, even when one has access through the official channels.

Essential. Without Sci-Hub lots of people (and especially those from poor countries/universities) would not be able to access a wide array papers.

Ethical. Neither does one want to be treated unfairly nor wrong someone else. Is it fair for Sci-Hub to exist?

Political. In addition to everything else, it was our societies’ laws that motivated Sci-Hub to come to existence.

Technical. How on earth does all this bandwidth demand from all over the world get covered?

Legal. What do copyright laws say and how are they defined?

Research. Does more people having access to research papers lead to science speeding up?

...and many more we haven’t thought yet.

If you have any thoughts or comments on the above, join us—we’d love to hear them.

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