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    A New **JOB** for ICANN - Collect Information
    by Anonymous on Friday May 13 2005, @10:47AM (#15230)
    A New **JOB** for ICANN - Collect Information

    This is the kind of thing Esther Dyson is really
    into. She has roots in East Germany where they
    used to have jars with DNA samples of the people.

    Subject: Return of Total Information Awareness project?

    DHS chief floats idea of collecting private citizens' information
    By Siobhan Gorman, National Journal

    Call it Total Information Awareness, homeland-style.

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this week floated an idea
    to start a nonprofit group that would collect information on private
    citizens, flag suspicious activity, and send names of suspicious people
    to his department.

    The idea, which Chertoff tossed out at an April 27 meeting with
    security-industry officials, is reminiscent of the Defense Department's
    now-dead Total Information Awareness program that sought to sift though
    heaps of foreign intelligence information to root out potential
    terrorist activity.

    According to one techie who attended the April 27 meeting, Chertoff told
    the group, "Maybe we can create a nonprofit and track people's
    activities, and an algorithm could red-flag individuals. Then, the
    nonprofit could give us the names."

    Chertoff also suggested that private industry form a group to collect
    proprietary information about cyber- and other infrastructure-security
    breaches from companies; scrub it of identifying information; aggregate
    it; and pass it along to the department. The financial services industry
    already has such a group.

    "The secretary was responding to a hypothetical question with a
    hypothetical answer," said Homeland Security Department press secretary
    Brian Roehrkasse. "He did not offer specific programmatic content or
    discuss any specific proposed approach. Rather, he was discussing, in
    general terms, the importance of this issue of balancing security and
    privacy."

    Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of
    America, organized the gathering of about 50 security-industry
    executives from companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, and Verizon.
    Reached by phone at the meeting, he characterized the event as "an
    organizational meeting to discuss how the [information-technology]
    industry can work more effectively with each other" and with the
    Homeland Security Department.

    Because the meeting was closed to the press, Miller would not discuss
    Chertoff's comments.One meeting participant said that Chertoff told the
    group that having a nonprofit collect names rather than the government
    "would alleviate some of the concerns people have." Not so for this
    participant: "This is what made me sort of shift in my seat. It sounds
    like investigating every person for no reason." He was particularly
    concerned that an unknown formula created by this new group would
    determine the red flags.
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