November 2004

A man with an expired passport got onto Air France flight 26 on Saturday, November 19th: Flight 026 from Paris to Washington Dulles International Airport was diverted to Bangor, Maine, after U.S. officials discovered that the man was listed on the government’s no-fly list. The man’s name also was on the State Department’s terrorist watch…

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…Mr. Bush had to wade into a group of security agents to pull his lead Secret Service agent out of a shoving match with the Chilean police. The tape showing the president assuring the Chileans that his agent could come with him played over and over on television screens in the region this weekend. By…

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There are lots of so-called ‘social software’ web sites that help you umm stay in touch with friends, or make new ones or something (Friendster, Tribe, Orkut, etc). Some are more socially oriented, others are more about business. What I’d really like is one that supports my travel habits. I fly to lots of places.…

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Experts tend to know that when journalists report on their subject, things get twisted up and wrong. You start to evaluate a publication by looking at how it does on subjects you know, and assume that its work is consistently at the same level. I’ve been (cautiously) reading Informed Comment, by Juan Cole. He tends…

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Ryan Singel catches an AP article on RFID passports: On the latest passports, the agency has “taken a ‘keep it simple’ approach, which, unfortunately, really disregards a basic privacy approach and leaves out the basic security methods we would have expected to have been incorporated for the security of the documents,” said Neville Pattinson, an…

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After the election, I asked What’s a Free Election worth?.” John Robb over at Global Guerrillas has a partial answer, which is what the 2nd intifada has cost both sides over 4 years: 10% of Israel’s GDP (roughly 2.5% of GDP per year), and a stunning 300% of GDP over 4 years for the Palestinians.…

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There’s a 3 page article in the Washington Post on phishing, the use of fake email and web sites to capture usernames and passwords. The phishers often target financial institutions. Marcus Sachs, a former White House cyber-security adviser and current director of the SANS Internet Storm Center, said marketing departments at many banks do not…

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The always engaging Doug Barnes has a new paper out, “Deworming the Internet“. The paper is more interesting because Doug is technically and legally savvy. (Always a dangerous combination.) The paper evaluates regulations, markets, government intervention, litigation, and finally, a set of suggestions for what is most likely to work. Its perhaps the most comprehensive…

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Discovered a bunch of friends’ blogs today: You Must Be Present to Win (Doug Barnes), Creative Destruction (Sameer), Evil Geniuses For A Better Tomorrow (Jim McCoy, from whom I stole the “Most Evil Genius” gag title I used while at Zero-Knowledge).

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