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Sep 18, 2000

Carnivore 3.0 - The Wrath of Olympus
Surveillance and Privacy from Government9/18/2000; 8:02:45 PM 'Given the 1996 bombing at the Atlanta games and the 1972 hostage crisis in Munich, I really, really wouldn't want to be responsible for public safety at an Olympic games anywhere. So it isn't surprising that the security plans for Salt Lake in 2002 are very robust -- perhaps too robust for some people, including me. 'At the Utah games there will be a network of kiosks set up for athletes, journalists, and the public to use for e-mail and Net access.... Well, the FBI has some rather specific requirements for Olympic data security, including the ability to not only COPY e-mail from these kiosks containing passwords from users' secret list, but to actually INTERCEPT e-mail and deliver it to a security office address rather than to the intended recipient. The person manning that address is supposed to make summary decisions about what to do with the reviewed email -- maybe it gets passed along as intended by its author, maybe bounced as "undeliverable" for myriad reasons, or...'


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Sep 18, 2000

Judge slams Palm Pilot and Web use in Las Vegas murder case
Technology & Sociology9/18/2000; 7:54:04 PM Lately, it's been the legal system whacking on the internet. In this story, the internet gets a little retaliation in.(Please don't correct the gross generalities in that statement and just pretend to enjoy the irony, OK?)'A US judge has slammed jurors who revealed murder trial information on the Net and used a Palm Pilot to track press reports on the case....'But the defence asked for a retrial when it emerged that one juror had used a Palm Pilot to read press reports of the case. Other jurors had also apparently posted trial information on chatrooms....'But he was not impressed by the jurors concerned, and decided to name and shame them in his 12-page ruling. 'When some jurors "decide to reveal the sanctity of their deliberations on the Internet for the entire world to see....or bring electronic devices into the jury room that are capable of downloading extraneous material; all of their deserved commendations do not make them immune from the rules of law," he wrote. 'Bonaventure named jurors Elmer Glazener, who brought his Palm Pilot into the jury room, and Chris Sowell, who put a lot of information on the deliberation process on CourtTV.com noticeboards.'


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Sep 18, 2000

Germany Quashes Net Tax Plan
Country Watch: Germany9/18/2000; 7:35:48 PM 'Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday ruled out a tax on Internet use that critics said would stifle the development of the Web in Germany, Europe's biggest economy. 'In a speech to business leaders, Schroeder quashed a new Finance Ministry rule floated last month to tax businesses every time employees use company computers for private Internet surfing.'Which would have implied either lax enforcement, or a wide-scale motitoring of employee activity detailed enough to account for how much time isn't spent on company business. At least it was squashed.


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Sep 17, 2000

LinkBack feature Testing...
LinkBack9/17/2000; 6:56:38 PM Look at the right tool-bar. I'm uploading the results of the run of LinkBack for iRights and placed it in a message, and then include that message in the bar.If you think you might be interested in doing that for your Manila site, let me know and perhaps we can work something out.In my spare time, I'm cleaning up the system and making it smoother to add features. I'd also like to get the Top 10 feature going.Enjoy!


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Sep 17, 2000

Mobile Phones Redefine Cities
Technology & Sociology9/17/2000; 6:46:05 PM Missed this from Sept. 6...'[Anthony Townsend, an associate research scientist at New York University's Taub Urban Research Center] said much of the behavior and structure of the city at an aggregate level is based upon individual behavior. '"So the introduction of this cute little device (mobile phones) would slip under the radar of urbanists, even though it fundamentally changes the way individuals interact -- which consequently alters the behavior of the entire system," he said. 'Townsend believes that the architecture and urban design of an information society ought to revel in data, information, and experience.'About the only thing I'd disagree with is the implicit assumption I think I see in the article that the world of cell-phones and the world of the internet and the PC are somehow different. The gains will multiply together, because they aren't really seperate.


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