Friday, September 12, 2008

Impress Your Professor: Internet Privacy

I read an interesting article today about a UN group that is working on methods of tracing back IP addresses, which would essentially end anonymity on the internet. (The idea was originally proposed by China.) In the United States there is a law that protects an Internet users' right to remain anonymous, but the US NSA is participating in this UN project.
This would be a helpful tool for capturing criminals, but does it violate our privacy policies? How else might this affect libraries? Will we see more patron use of library computers? Will we see more FBI agents asking for records? How should we respond?

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