Senators and representatives will return to Washington charged with overseeing a newly created homeland security department — an agency designed to protect the nation’s physical and digital resources. How to balance high-tech surveillance with privacy protections for ordinary citizens likely will be the hot-button tech issue of 2003. From the Washington Post
Over the next few months, a single federal agency will begin to fundamentally alter the nation’s communications and mass-media landscape, rewriting a broad swath of rules that affect the choices consumers have for getting online and the variety of television and radio programming they watch and hear. From The Washington Post
Filed under “law”, but could just as well go under “censorship.” Since 9/11, states have retreated on openness and transparency, particularly with regard to government documents and reports. Entire websites have disappeared under the guise of national security. From the New York Times
Reporters without Borders today strongly condemned the sentencing of cyber-dissident Nguyen Khac Toan to 12 years in prison after a sham trial and called on justice minister Uong Chu Luu to free him at once.
It’s spelled “Downie” not “Downey”, but nice review nonetheless Reprinted in Echo Magazine andView Magazine.
There was once a time, not that long ago, when pundits could claim that the Internet was a lawless frontier immune to regulation and control by governments and states. Libertarian by nature, open in its architecture, the Internet encouraged democracy, freedom, and liberty around the world. Attempts by oppressive regimes to block information were futile…. Read more »
Canadian Press Review of Into America, printed in the Toronto Star and the Waterloo Record TORONTO (CP) – From the Liberty Bell to Ground Zero, from CNN headquarters to a gun-firing range, five Canadian university students went in search of America. What they found and how it affected them is chronicled in Into America, a… Read more »
Five students and their prof travel across 26 states in 21 days to explore the myths and realities of the USA in this Citizen Lab produced documentary series. For more about Into America, go here.
Story number 186,543 that says more or less the same thing quoting the same cast of “experts.” And we’re still waiting. I wish someone with some credible expertise would weigh in on the prospects here of something real actually happening.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Ben Franklin. Lauren Weinstein comments in Wired on the state of priviacy in 2002