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Curtailing online education in the name of homeland security: The USA PATRIOT Act, SEVIS, and international students in the United States

Homeland security laws and regulations enacted since September 2001, including the USA PATRIOT Act, have created serious limitations on the ability of international students studying in the United States to participate in online educational opportunities. This article explores the enrollment limitations in online courses for international students in terms of information policy and concepts of… Read more »

Today's Tech-Dependent Activists

In addition to picket signs and megaphones, activists protesting globalization policies at next month’s meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancún will be armed with a number of new, high-tech weapons for getting their message across. From Wired

U.S. Now Demanding Biometric Technology

Biometric technology that scans faces, fingerprints or other physical characteristics to confirm people’s identities is about to get its biggest, most public test: at U.S. border checkpoints. Yet significant questions loom about whether the U.S. and foreign governments can meet an Oct. 26, 2004, deadline set by Congress for upgrading passports and visas to include… Read more »

Implantable human tracking chip launched

Borrowing from technology for tracking pets, a U.S. company on Thursday launched Mexican sales of microchips that can be implanted under a person’s skin and used to confirm health history and identity. The microchips, already available in the United States, could tap into a growing industry surrounding Mexico’s criminal concerns. From CNN

Beyond the Wall

Wired takes a look at the panoply of high-tech devices deployed by the US Border Patrol along the US-Mexican border in order to enforce the brutal measures of Operation Gatekeeper (which has claimed the lives of over 2,000 migrants since it was initiated in 1994). From Wired

EU may go digital with passports

European Union governments may soon issue passports containing computer chips embedded with digital fingerprints or eye scans, according to a plan approved by European leaders Friday. The “biometric” data would allow police officers to verify the authenticity of European passports, which have been counterfeited in significant numbers in recent years, officials said at their summit… Read more »

Is Activism Dead?

Protests as we know them seem to have lost their urgency. But guess where it’s gaining steam Street marches may be the peace movement’s equivalent of heavy armor and lots of infantry—which has been supplanted by high-tech weaponry that supposedly requires fewer troops. Maybe rather than taking to the public square, protestors should have taken… Read more »

Canada in hacktivist crosshairs

Figures from a European cyber-security watchdog indicate that Canadian as well as U.S. servers are in the crosshairs as hackers around the world express their disapproval of U.S. activity in the Middle East. From Globe and Mail

The Great Software Debate: Technology and Ideology

The deployment of any technology is by far the most interesting ideological concern but often the one least focused upon. Most software is built to solve a particular problem or to create a new functionality. All technology development is informed by values. However, a technology tool, once developed, can be applied in many ways that… Read more »