Month: January 2003

Back, Stronger Than Ever

During his State of the Union address, Bush announced the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), a data-collection project intended to compile and analyze information on people thought to be terrorist threats. Information will be culled from all federal agencies as well as from the private sector. ‘Wait a minute.’ some of you might say, ‘That sounds a lot like the TIA.’ Yup. ‘And didn’t the Senate vote to put a moratorium on that project, pending investigation?’ Yup. Curious, isn’t it?

Not So Stormin’ Norman

Even General Norman Schwarzkopf isn’t sure that we should go to war with Iraq.

Map of Iraq and RIAA Hacked

The BBC has a nifty Flash-enabled map of Iraq.

Hee hee, the RIAA website has been hacked again and has been offline for about 3 days. In a recent Wired article , a security analyst predicted “that if the RIAA escalates its antipiracy efforts, the organization’s site will be completely knocked off the Internet.” Update: 29-jan, the site seems to be partially up again; the index page loads but none of the links on it work. ­čśŤ

Suspicious Minds

Is it a bomb? No, it’s just someone’s wife checking up on him.

Lessig and TIA Updates

If you remember, last year Lawrence Lessig brought a case before the Supreme Court challenging the Copyright Term Extension Act. The basic argument of Lessig’s case was that the continous extension of copyright at the expense of the public domain was unconstitutional. Just to give a little background, over the past 40 years, Congress, in response to pressure from the movie and music industries, has lengthened copyright durations 11 times. The most recent of these extensions was the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA), also known as the Sonny Bono Act. Although the idea behind copyrights is that they protect the intellectual property of artists and provide incentive to create, some argue that the present copyright extension legislation allows corporations to continue profiting from works that should have entered into the public domain. This month the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld the CTEA. So Mickey Mouse is still behind bars. Read what the Mouse himself has to say about the ruling.

So what’s new with Poindexter’s TIA? As more and more negative attention turns towards the program, DARPA has steadily been taking information off the TIA website. This includes personnel bios, the TIA logo and slogan, and replacing a detailed chart on TIA with a much less detailed one. How come they want to know everything about us, but we can’t know anything about them? Hmmm. Also, last week Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., announced his intention to introduce a bill to halt TIA, pending review of data-minig issues. Let’s see what happens.

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