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Arabic speakers monitor Net chats

The State Department has hired two native Arabic speakers to monitor Arabic political discussion forums on the Internet and to overtly participate in them in an effort to correct misperceptions about U.S. policy in the Middle East. From TheWashingtonTimes

China Passes Internet Piracy Law

The Chinese government passed new laws this week to ban the ability to upload and download Internet material without the copyright holder’s permission. Officials in China say the decision aims to balance copyright owners’ rights with those of Internet service providers (ISPs) and users who download content from the Web. The provisions pertain to text,… Read more »

US lauds RP on intellectual property rights

The US Embassy yesterday cited the Philippine government for its progress in the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), which enabled the United States Trade Representative (USTR) last Feb. 15 to move the Philippines from the “Special 301 IPR Priority Watch List” to the “Watch List.” From Manila Bulletin Online

Pics Worth a Thousand Protests

A modern generation of activists around the world are relying on new technologies — from hidden cameras to satellite communication — to collect evidence of wrongdoing, promote their causes or simply provide an alternative voice to the mainstream press. From Wired

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 »