Digital Angel (or Digital Devil, if you prefer)
Privacy from Companies8/14/2000; 12:31:31 PM Privacy Digest today did a great job on collecting links about the Digital Angel, which is a small device that can be implanted in a human body to confirm who and where you are, which a collection of obvious and not-so-obvious implications in privacy and religion.Start with the large words "Big potential for misuse!!", which is an understatement.Eventually, this should be a permenent link.Thanks for the good legwork!
Legal Tips For Your 'Sucks' Site
8/14/2000; 8:51:40 AM 'Wired News interviewed a number of legal experts who offered general legal tips for would-be sucks site operators:'
Also a couple of good tips for weblogs, such as proving that what I do here is fair use, which is nice to see.
EPA's Web Environment Unsafe
Misc.8/14/2000; 8:48:48 AM 'How can the Environmental Protection Agency take care of the planet when it can't even protect its own computer network? That's the question raised by a General Accounting Office report released Friday that concluded that the EPA's information security measures are "ineffective" and "riddled with security weaknesses."' ...'In a statement, the EPA said that it takes information security seriously, and that it has already instituted policies to bolster its network.'heh heh... ph3ar th3 p0l|c|3s.(translation: Beareucratic policies aren't much good for defending systems. I can see the "policy" now... "It is EPA policy that EPA computer systems shall not be vulnerable to crackers." Yeah, that'll fix everything!)
How to Halt Nazi Sales in France?
Country Watch: France8/14/2000; 8:36:59 AM 'A Paris judge ordered independent experts to investigate how to bar French Web surfers from tapping into online sales of Nazi memorabilia on websites accessed using the giant Internet portal Yahoo.'I find myself wishing I could get at the original court documents... and read them well enough to understand the intentions of the judge. There's a couple of interesting things in the article, though:'The judge rejected one of Yahoo's main contentions, which was that the English-language Yahoo.com site was outside the competence of the French court.'Keep in mind there is a French Yahoo, which, in compliance with French law, does not sell Nazi stuff of any kind. That link performs a search on yahoo.fr for "Nazi"... as of this writing, the only thing there is a DVD movie that happens to have "Nazi" in the description of the movie.This is an explicit case of a French judge imposing French law on an American company.'Independent Internet security experts also say it is next to impossible to screen web users on the basis of nationality in a failsafe way because PC dialing numbers used to identify the surfer can be disguised or even misread.'The judge is trying to constrain his order to only affect those in France, but he is finding that it takes more then passing a law and ordering enforcement to bring things about. The problem here is really one of percentages... Yahoo could easily block most people from France from seeing Nazi auctions. However, what's the acceptable percentage, as this deals with a group of people who are perfectly willing to do what it takes to actively circumvent the restrictions? 100% blocking may not be possible... will Yahoo be held responsible for this 'failure' of the Internet?BTW, Yahoo, take a look at the Olympics streaming solution... if you partner with French ISPs to identify their users, then you may be able to offload the responsibility onto the French ISPs....
Yahoo! reprieve over Nazi auctions
Country Watch: France
8/11/2000; 12:32:50 PM 'A French judge has ordered more technical advice before deciding whether to force internet portal Yahoo! to block French users from the sites that violate national laws against promoting racial hatred. Judge Jean-Jacques Gomez also refused to fine the firm which he had ordered on 22 May to make it "impossible" for French users to access the sites.'
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