Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

Bluetooth is watching: secret study gives Bath a flavour of Big Brother

• July, 2008

Tens of thousands of Britons are being covertly tracked without their consent in a technology experiment which has installed scanners at secret locations in offices, campuses, streets and pubs to pinpoint people’s whereabouts. The scanners, the first 10 of which were installed in Bath three years ago, are capturing Bluetooth radio signals transmitted from devices such as mobile phones, laptops and digital cameras, and using the data to follow unwitting targets without their permission. The data is being used in a project called Cityware to

The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet

• July, 2008

The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes. The project, which is still in its initial stages, goes by the name “Transparent end-to-end encryption for the Internets,” or IPETEE for short. It tackles encryption not on the application level, but on the network level, the aim being that all data exchanged on your PC would be encrypted, regardless of its nature — be it

Town where cocaine is the only currency

• June, 2008

Town where cocaine is the only currency By Jeremy McDermott in Guerima Last Updated: 11:04PM BST 15/06/2008 Guerima, a remote Colombian settlement, wants its Marxist rebels back. With the national army deployed in a stranglehold around the town, there is nobody to traffic the town’s only commodity – drugs. JERRY MCDERMOTT A shoe shop owner weighs out coca base handed over by a customer in exchange for goods More than 1,000 people live in Guerima, carved out of the Amazonian rainforest. Its clearings are filled

Inside one of Britain’s cannabis factories

• June, 2008

By Julian Joyce BBC News By toughening the law on cannabis the government hopes to drive a crackdown on UK “farms”, many of which have sprung up in recent years. In the cellar beneath Jimmy’s house, cannabis seedlings flourish under bright lights. Upstairs, taking over half the attic, more mature plants flower in lamp-lit trays, amid the hum of automatic water and nutrient delivery systems. This is “hydroponic” cannabis – grown without soil in trays. Jimmy’s indoor “farm” is one of many to have sprung