computational super writes: This sounds so unlike the U.S. government, I had to read the story twice... but the Department of Defense appears to have earmarked $15M to develop software tools to combat censorship in oppressive regimes such as China and Iran. The article doesn't touch on the fact that "repressive" is in the eye of the beholder, and that any tool that can combat censorship in China can also thwart censorship in the U.S. — I can't help but wonder if you have to agree to code a "backdoor" for the US government before you can get any of this money. Still, this is certainly a Good Thing all around.
computational super writes: "Basking in glory after orchestrating a record punishment for a petty file-sharer in the US, the RIAA takes its legal campaign to the next level. Many may want newsgroups to stay under the radar but it's too late — major labels have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Usenet.com and it won't be going away."
computational super writes: MSN is carrying the story of the federal arrest of the operators of what they refer to as a "preteen modeling site". The article refers to 'provocative' photos of kids, but goes on to say that "There are no semi-nude or nude images." From the article, it sounds to me like the operators were bending, but not quite breaking, US law. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.