• ICT

    Tracking stuff is just about to get easier

    A new thinner-than-paper-thin RFID (radio frequency identification) chip has been developed by Hitachi Ltd. “Ten or more times thinner than a sheet of paper” (shouldn’t that be 1/10 the thickness?), it is 0.15mm x 0.15mm x 0.01mm. Paper is .08mm-.1mm thick so the new chip could actually be used as a watermark.Applications could easily include enhanced document security. The chip could be embedded in optical media (would RFID interfere w/ electronic media?) such as DVD, CD, etc. What about embedding in clothing, jewelry and watches, etc. Making the tracker inconspicuous raises the possibilities.

  • War

    Rumsfeld on Openness

    From WSJ via FAS Secrecy News is the following: "I have long believed in the importance of granting the public greater access to information about their government–the good and the bad," wrote Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a Wall Street Journal opinion article this week, noting that he had co-sponsored the Freedom of Information Act as a member of Congress in 1966. He wrote of the challenges of informing the public in "this new Information Age," and observed that "a healthy culture of communication and transparency between government and the public needs to be established." "This openness, however, does not obviate the necessity of protecting the secrecy of confidential information…

  • Public Diplomacy

    Millions not a couple of dozen Americans “sucked into the vacuum”

    ABC’s Nightline had an NSA whistleblower alleging illegal spying (the link has the Nightline video) could have eavesdropped on millions of Americans. As the source for the NY Times article blowing the cover of the operation (thoughts and implications here), he is apparently the target of rage by the Administration on the leaking of the program. The damage to domestic and foreign credibility may be severe, although not to those who feel "no holds barred" is the name of the game. "Do as we say, not as we do" is not a good motto for a role model. Meanwhile, Opinio Juris notes a number of "prominent law scholars and attorneys"…