Tag Archives: privacy

The Dictatorship of the Homeowners’ Association

Peter Levine’s comments on Libertarianism ring true for me, out here in California, land of the Homeowners’ Association and little boxes made of ticky tacky. I mentioned an example in my last post, but let me spell it out a little more. In some metropolitan areas, there’s a stark contrast between neat, safe, prosperous private [...]

RSA Conference Notes

My friend Chad is at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco this week. He’s been posting session notes to his Live Journal: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Hey, there’s a spec for this, but not P3P

Update: Julian Bond points out that P3P is not what you want here — for some reason I thought P3P had an identity component. You want FoaF here. Note to Scoble and everyone else complaining about having to add their info to Orkut, ICQ, AIM, and so on: remember P3P? Now if everyone can agree [...]

1984 plus 20

On April 4th, twenty years after Winston Smith started keeping his diary, people will stage public readings of 1984.

Political Spam: Look Out, It’s Coming

Using the California Recall as a baseline, I’m warning the rest of the country that you are going to get plenty of political spam over the next few months. Over the past month and a half, I’ve received spam from Peter Uberroth, Ward Connerly’s Proposition 54 campaign, several of the trailing fringe of freaks and [...]

Hacking ‘Do Not Call’

Jeffrey Kay observes that the FTC’s Do Not Call list may be easy to circumvent: Well, it turns out that anyone can just unregister a phone number also. It’s trivial to obtain an anonymous e-mail address through Yahoo or HotMail. If I want you back on my list, I’ll just unregister you and then call [...]

Freepers Stuffing Moveon Ballot Box

[ via Long Story, Short Pier ] Nathan Newman reports that the Freepers plan on stuffing the ballot box in MoveOn.org’s presidential preference poll. Their genius plan: register multiple addresses and vote for Reverend Sharpton. Well, it says a great deal about Freepers if they think voting for a black man is embarassing. The econony [...]

Bruce Sterling on TIA

Declan McCullagh asks Bruce Sterling about Total Information Awareness. I’ll tell you what will happen if it were an effective TIA. There would immediately be a series of coups inside the Republican Party as the people who owned the KGB survival mechanism were systemically outed and “Trent Lotted”…It would be profoundly destabilizing. Their sexual affairs [...]

Homeland Security Department Used to Track Texas Democrats

I was laughing about the boycott by Democratic reps in the Texas Legislature. The petulant reactions of the Republicans brought home just why I’m glad I’m no longer in that state. However, there’s a chilling side to this story. It seems that calls were made to Tom Delay, the Speaker of the US House of [...]

UT Student Charged in Data Theft

Updating an earlier item, the University of Texas and the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas announced the arrest of a UT student in the investigation of a theft of data from a campus system. Kudos to UT Austin’s IT division for keeping alumni informed.

The Dictatorship of the Lutherans

[ via Davos Newbies ] Just so you know that conservatives don’t have a monopoly on reactionary thinking, Amitai Etzoni, the person behind “Communitarianism” — think of it as an academic version of the “But what about the Children!” screech emited by primates in minivans and SUVs — has a weblog.

UT Austin Data Theft

Update: 14 March 2003 The DoJ announced the arrest of a student, and that the stolen data had not been disseminated. [ a big thanks to Laura V. for this ] Of Interest to Fellow UT Austin Alumni: on Sunday, March 2nd 2003, an administrative data system at the university was attacked and confidential information [...]

Walled Gardens and Shibboleth

My friend Rick Kier, who works in UW Madison’s IT organization, emailed in response to the “Walled Garden” discussion to bring up the Internet 2 Shibboleth project: In the Old Testament, somewhere in Judges, there’s a story of how, after a battle, the Gileadite warriors needed to distinguish their own side and their enemies, the [...]

Walled Gardens and Drupal

Pete over at Rasterweb wrote in response to my post on “Walled Garden” weblogs: Drupal offers more control over users and user permissions than Movable Type. It might do what’s needed for walled garden posting. Drupal’s a nice system, but it doesn’t do what I really want: I’d like a system which does not require [...]

Private Blogspaces

[ via Scott Loftesness ] Frank Booseman would like blog tools to support walled garden posting. He’s inspired when a friend would love to post photos from a party, but not to the whole world. Live Journal, which I’ve been playing with lately, supports this. It can, because it’s a monolitic (on the server-side) application. [...]