1993-12-12 - Re: USENET on a tape, and future privacy

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From: nate@VIS.ColoState.EDU (CVL staff member Nate Sammons)
To: jordan@imsi.com (Jordan Hayes)
Message Hash: 63d5b8169cdc7e9600902d255398de3ede639811a1a225666dc015bc323fcee6
Message ID: <9312120654.AA26407@vangogh.VIS.ColoState.EDU>
Reply To: <9312120553.AA17528@IMSI.COM>
UTC Datetime: 1993-12-12 06:57:06 UTC
Raw Date: Sat, 11 Dec 93 22:57:06 PST

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From: nate@VIS.ColoState.EDU (CVL staff member Nate Sammons)
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 93 22:57:06 PST
To: jordan@imsi.com (Jordan Hayes)
Subject: Re: USENET on a tape, and future privacy
In-Reply-To: <9312120553.AA17528@IMSI.COM>
Message-ID: <9312120654.AA26407@vangogh.VIS.ColoState.EDU>
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writes Jordan Hayes:
>Takes me no more than 10 minutes to set up the criteria, and an hour or
>so on an airplane to browse the output.  Granted, I don't search a year
>(hey, if a candidate is a jerk on the net, they'll show up more than a
>few times in just a month's worth ...), but your "it's in the noise"
>statement is naive.

I agree.  The signal to noise is high, but grep is fast and, if you were
determined many layers of filtering could be added to inhance the
"resolution" of the search.  

My concern is that it is becoming more and more common for people to 
"grow up" on the net, many people I know of started quite young, and
a determined opponent (as I'll call the snooper) could, concieveably
search your entire posting history.

Lets say that the (kind, benevolant, of course) Government is considering
indicting you on charges of conspiracy to do something illegal, but are 
unsure if there is enough evidence to connect you to the crime.  Or, 
let's say that they believe you have had a long-involved role in 
inciting the breaking of a law.  They (the government, remember -- big 
computers, nearly unlimited people and time) could look for anything 
relating you to inciting or bacoming involved in things that could even
be construde as close to illegal.

Bottom line is that we need to watch our backs, but I don't want to lapse
into a fit of Detweilerian paranoia (sorry, just had to take that jab ;-)


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