- Lieberman, others introduce anti-WikiLeaks legislation
Well, as Kevin Poulsen at Wired admits, the draft legislation doesn’t name WikiLeaks or any of its staff. Rather it seeks to criminalize revealing US intelligence sources. I think that is fixing the wrong problem, really, that more work on standards for shielding journalists would address ethical handling of these kinds of secrets and lessen the need for sites like WikiLeaks and Cryptome in the first place. Ironic that the acronym for this bill is SHIELD.
- At top speed, Verizon’s new LET burns through monthly allotment in mere minutes
Slashdot was one of several sites pointing to this story. Thinking about this too hard makes me head hurt. If LTE is so much faster for the same interval of usage, shouldn’t the total bandwidth caps be increased proportionally? I find it intensely hard to credit that the caps are so low for technical reasons, otherwise LTE wouldn’t really be that big of an improvement over 3G, would it?
- Feds warrantlessly tracking real time credit card activity
Slashdot points to some investigative work down by security researcher Chris Soghoian. Through a FOIA request, he’s turned up a document indicating law enforces often gain access to this financial data with just a subpoena, not a warrant. I’m curious to see further analysis on both the sides of the issue, especially what rational is behind the lower standard of judicial oversight.
- Frank W. Lewis, WWII code break and puzzle maker, passes away , Wired
- Amazon cites breach of terms of service for dropping WikiLeaks, ReadWriteWeb
- Building an artificial brain from memristors, Slashdot
- Wikileaks cables reveal US wrote proposed Spanish copyright law, BoingBoing