JC Confidential

bq.I stuck my neck out and got it chopped off. You violate policy and there’s no more discussion. I was fired for trying to do the right thing … helping to return a wallet. I thought I was doing a good deed.

Selling Fingerprints

Want to sell your personal property in California? You may be “required(Spot On: The game-resale crackdown)”:http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/04/30/news_6094652.html to include a fingerprint with it. Jon Asato “points out(Only Terrorists Resell Games)”:http://www.jonasato.com/archives/cat_privacy.html#000066 that includes books.

Richard Clarke and Libraries

bq.Q. Some civil libertarians might say that you’re not anonymous in the library. I routinely log into the public library, find and request books, and they’re delivered to my local branch. They have a record of my transactions and know what I’m reading.

Anonymity, Thy Name is…

In conjunction with Movable Type 3.0, they are introducing a new service, “TypeKey(TypeKey Authentication Services)”:http://www.typekey.com/. As is typical in the blogosphere, merely the “hint( More TypeKey Information)”:http://www.movabletype.org/news/2004_03.shtml#000926 of how it will work has elicited a number of strong opinions both “for(TypeKey?

Subversiveness @ Your Library

bq.I am a librarian in a medium-sized public library in Washington state. I have always loved the subversive nature of public libraries. Without paying a dime, king and hobo mingle and obtain information on anything and everything. I saw public libraries as havens, places where we protected the rights of all citizens to have free access to information without interference from the government.

Cyber Cafes Under Attack

In India, Cyber Cafes are under “attack(India Cracks Down On Cyber Cafes)”:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/19/world/main594240.shtml via onerous “regulations(Mumbai Cafe Owners Up In Arms At Plans To Control Cyber Shops)”:http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=012804122415. Since this is the only access to the Internet most of these people have, it is especially “troubling(Cyber cafes reduced to chat zones)”:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/454063.cms.

Howard Dean and the Smart Card

bq.And isn’t it ironic that in the last week Dean truly has become the Internet’s candidate. I’ve watched him in interviews with CNN reporters explain how their business really works. Dean blinked between his ascendence and Iowa, he thought he had to join up with the established system in order to win.

Reading Your Record

The first thing that came to mind when I read about this proposed law on “Library Records for Children(Libraries may have to tell parents what kids borrow)”:http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/nov03/182605.asp is that if the parents want to know what their children are checking out, they should ask them.

Unique Verifiable ID

bq.Here’s the scary bit: one of the industry guys said that their big legislative priority is to try to create a regime where you have to register with a unique, verifiable ID to access the Internet. No doubt the next step would be to take away that ID as punishment for “misconduct” on the Internet.

Google is my Passport. Verify me.

bq.I was on the phone trying to consolidate two mileage accounts on the same airline. The operator needed the address, phone number and other details of the card I had registered in 1996. I had no idea. I started googling. Bits and pieces were all over the Net.