Heavy bloggers will have already seen this article. As we push for more privacy in Japan and I try to get the Japanese government to take a serious look at the value of anonymity, this sort of thing makes it difficult. It looks like a the group of experts were about to be "looks like co-option" fodder, but managed to make enough noise to get word out. I wish I had collaborators like these on my study groups in Japan.

New York Times

SURVEILLANCE
Agency Weighed, but Discarded, Plan Reconfiguring the Internet
By JOHN MARKOFF


he Pentagon research agency that is exploring how to create a vast database of electronic transactions and analyze them for potential terrorist activity considered but rejected another surveillance idea: tagging Internet data with unique personal markers to make anonymous use of some parts of the Internet impossible.

The idea, which was explored at a two-day workshop in California in August, touched off an angry private dispute among computer scientists and policy experts who had been brought together to assess the implications of the technology.

The plan, known as eDNA, called for developing a new version of the Internet that would include enclaves where it would be impossible to be anonymous while using the network. The technology would have divided the Internet into secure "public network highways," where a computer user would have needed to be identified, and "private network alleyways," which would not have required identification.


I saw it first on Werblog

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The way Cory at boingboing.net put it cracked me up "Dumbass plan to redesign Internet shored up by crooked, lying consultants"

Word to that.

Yes. I saw that. I love it. I wanted to use "dumb ass" but just couldn't get up the nerve. But Dumb Ass is right.

would this make it possible to rid the chat rooms of robots that pleg the used to be fun chat rooms. a yahoo chat room of 50 people now has on average 10 or less real people, thats 40 robots selling sex.It is tragic. Any person who is honest and legal should not be afraid to expose his address.

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