coastal984 writes: I coordinate a high school web design competition for a national Career & Technical Student Organization. The competition is weighted towards content and presentation, with the content being an annually changing topic. Past topics were, for example, Future of NASA Manned Space Exploration, Web Accessibility for the Visually Impaired, Open Source Software Alternatives, and "What Will Web 3.0 Be Like?".
I've been spinning ideas around for a new topic, but they all seem bland and uninteresting (This past topic on NASA wasn't exactly a thriller. The Accessibility, Web 3.0, and Open Source ones received far better responses and deep thinking/research.) What might the Slashdot crowd suggest for a competition topic for high schoolers?
coastal984 writes: The ACLU is questioning the usage and retention of data by the Virginia State Police and various local police agencies in the Commonwealth as part of a 35-state inquiry into license plate scanners.
"ACLU chapters in 35 states announced Monday that they are querying law enforcement agencies through Freedom of Information Act requests about how they are using the scanning technology and about the extent to which the information may be used to compile "movement histories" of people. "Automatic license plate readers make it possible for the police to track our location whenever we drive our cars and to store that information forever," said Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.
coastal984 writes: Facebook has rolled out a sweeping change to profiles few have noticed, without users' permission: Your email listing has been changed from whatever you had posted to an @facebook.com address. You have to go and change it back manually to undo the change. One would have thought Facebook would have learned it's lesson by now, but apparently they have not.