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Information leaks going to become more common - Journal of Omnifarious

Jun. 8th, 2003

08:53 pm - Information leaks going to become more common

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What just happened to me and someone close to me is going to become more common in the years to come. Here's an interesting interview with Bruce Sterling about the problem. He's talking about TIA, but it comes to the same thing in the end.

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Date:June 9th, 2003 05:12 am (UTC)
On a semi-related note, I saw this last week - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2965620.stm

It seems that instead of being the IT driven intelligence gathering Meisters (as they are portrayed in films), the CIA is full of technophobes who are too scared of security lapses to embrace new technology.

"the CIA was five years behind the rest of the world when it came to using technology to do its job." in fact.

So maybe Total Information Awareness is a few years away yet ? Although TIA seems to be a Pentagon thing so perhaps TIA isnt CIA ?

On yet another tangent, I just discovered that one of our ex-security people is ex-CIA. I say "ex-security" - she just quit her job and then 3 days later tried to say she quit because of stress and could she have her job back. "No" was the answer.
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Date:June 10th, 2003 07:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you included my close friend and our mutual friend in your count. If not, she makes three.

I think the safest thing might be a name like Sonal Patel.
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Date:June 10th, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)


My comment to rosencrantz319 today was that one defense/offense against pervasive surveillance is spam and DOS attacks. They're looking for people talking about attacks on the US. Everybody talk about it in great detail. They're looking for people talking about drugs, everybody talk about it.

Generic names are a similar idea. We could all be called Jason or Sarah, or Sonal.

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