pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Thu Aug 30 00:51:31 EDT 2001
Dear Colleagues -
Phil Agre's RRE News mailings
<http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/rre.html> have often been
my source for individual URLs for this list, usually with some
comments of my own added.
This is typical of being near the top of one's personal information
"food chain". Phil has RRE readers with predictable affinities,
they send him stuff, he filters and sends that out on RRE News, and
then I filter from that in turn. I get about 10-15 such email
"streams" that constitute my personal positioning in information
flow. Having the right amount of "nutrition-rich" stuff flowing by
is, I think, as important as doing very targeted searches, e.g. via
Google.com. You would do much the same as if you were collecting
material for a book or a course.
On this occasion I thought I'd send you one of Phil's collations
(just minus the political items) as they come every few days. Phil
has a strong affinity for privacy and intellectual property issues.
Earlier URL batches at
In this set I found the item about "black boxes" for use in
operating theatres particularly interesting. Insecurity, monitoring
technology and litigiousness are combining to drive us in some
Engineers should be aware of how they contribute to this mix. There
are enough 'project topics' in this mailing alone for a semester
course in engineering ethics.
[RRE]pointers of 8/29/01:
Here are some more URL's. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
first Borders says it "suspended any plans to implement" face
... then it denies that it ever had any such intention
Church resistance to identity cards in Greece
Davis Bids to Weaken Consumer Privacy Bill (bummer)
What, No Privacy in Phone Calls?
Pentagon Endorses Biometrics to Enhance Computer Security
"Black Box" Recorder Developed for Operating Theatres
(surgeons, okay, maybe, if it really helps, but where does it stop?)
threats to business from lack of security in instant messaging
California Panel May Affirm Prior Restraint in DVD Decryption Case
Russian Programmer Indicted
copyright: "institutions are trying to regain control over information flows"
Forecasts of an E-Book Era Were, It Seems, Premature
(cyber people believed that having an idea meant that it could be
news from Planet Microsoft
MS claims it dumped plug-ins for ActiveX for security reasons!
(ActiveX is Exhibit A of MS's reckless approach to executing foreign code)
Microsoft strategies to keep computers from running multiple operating systems
Campaign to Save WordPerfect for Mac
Information Society Technologies, Dusseldorf, 3-5 December 2001
EU Information Society Technologies Programme
newsletter about "e-learning" in Europe
The Changing Faces of Virtual Education
US Settles with Internet Access Spammers
(the punishment? they have to promise not to do it again)
Recordable DVD Standards Go Head-to-Head
Governments Push Open-Source Software
In Capitol, AT&T and Bells Fight to Control Web [sic] Access
article about the debate about how to report computer security problems
funny story about Americans being natural organizers
(walking around in shopping malls is an institution with interest groups!)
GILC Alert (Global Internet Liberty Campaign)
Neat New Stuff on the Net
Chicagoans Are Reading the Same Book at the Same Time (cool)
Baruch College Opens a Huge "Vertical Campus"
(interesting story about design for density, which is a good thing)
using bird costumes and ultralight planes to teach whooping cranes to migrate
(savages control the government, but decent people are still fixing things)
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