[svfig-open] It's 1984 (a few years late)
forther at comcast.net
Fri Aug 22 10:07:31 PDT 2003
I think we need professional "viewers with alarm". They could go through
the paper and "view with alarm" the more alarming stories.
Do we have them already? TV pundits? The Center for "Science" in the
Public Interest? And so on...
Here's a start of things to be alarmed about if you're looking for a gig:
Gov't Proposes Massive Homeless Tracking System
Posted by michael on Tuesday August 19, @04:12PM
from the bagged-and-tagged dept.
Chris Hoofnagle writes "The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development is
proposing a massive system of tracking for homeless people
and others who are served by shelters and care centers. The system will
track people by their SSN, and will collect health (HIV,
pregnancy) and mental information. Secret Service and national security
agents can gain access to the database by just asking for it!
EPIC has released a fact sheet on HMIS, and the public can comment on the
guidelines until September 22, 2003, but no electronic
comments are being accepted."
Your Rights Online : Microsoft Tracking Behavior of Newsgroup Posters
Posted by timothy on Wednesday August 20, @02:29PM
from the target-market dept.
theodp writes "Ever get the feeling your Usenet newsgroup list is being
watched? By Microsoft? If so, consider yourself right. An
interesting but troubling CNET interview with Microsoft's in-house
sociologist goes into how the software giant is keeping a close eye
on newsgroups and other public e-mail lists, tracking and rating
contributors' social habits and determining "people who the system
has shown to have value." Those concerned that it's not a good idea for
computers to track their belongings and whereabouts are advised that they
may ultimately have to fragment their identities, keeping multiple IDs and
ED FOSTER'S GRIPELOG
The Reader Advocate Column
Will the Blaster Worm Make Windows Updates Mandatory?
Thursday, August 21, 2003
By Ed Foster
It's a depressing irony, but the creep who wrote the Blaster worm may very
well have done Microsoft a tremendous favor. After all, what better
argument could the folks in Redmond have been handed to do what they've
always wanted to do - namely, force users to accept automatic Windows updates.
[[[ it goes on like that. If you want, I'll email you the whole thing or
you can read it at http://www.gripe2ed.com/scoop/section/Columns.]]]
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