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The Privacy vs. Security Conundrum

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The Privacy vs. Security Conundrum

The delicate balancing act of maintaining national security while preserving civil liberties seems to get more complicated with each new generation of information technology. The House-Senate stalemate over extending a warrantless wiretapping law marks the latest case in point. President Bush says his ability to prevent terrorist attacks has been jeopardized by the infighting. House Democrats deny the charge, and Democratic Senators accuse the president of resorting to scare tactics (WashPost) to push an agenda. Similar concerns are now manifesting online. A “cyber initiative” (WashPost) unveiled by the president in January aims to expand the intelligence community’s role in monitoring U.S. information networks. Bush has said little publicly about the program, but some envision a repeat of the wiretapping imbroglio. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has called for the program to be put on hold (PDF) until Congress can adequately review it.


By CFR, USA.



New "Big Idea" Column, Coordinated by AAAS and Science, Debuts in Washington Post's Outlook Section

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New "Big Idea" Column, Coordinated by AAAS and Science, Debuts in Washington Post's Outlook Section

Sneaky predators invading shallow Antarctic waters, a knee-mounted energy harvester, the courting secrets of songbirds, and other surprising science headlines are the focus of a new Washington Post column contributed by AAAS and Science. The column, titled "What's the Big Idea?" and featuring "new discoveries in the sciences and what they mean for your outlook," is written by researchers from around the world. Staff within the AAAS Office of Public Programs and Science Editorial are helping to coordinate the Washington Post submissions, as part of the Association's non-profit mandate to engage the public with science, technology, and engineering.


By AAAS, USA.


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