Feedback and suggestions invited on COST 281
Hi Klaus: I should have mentioned yesterday in my report on
workshop that, in his closing address, Dr. Tom McManus, Dep.
Enterprise, Dublin (workshop host) expressly requested attendees
email him feedback on the COST 281 workshop within a couple
of weeks. In
particular, he would like them to note strengths and weaknesses
suggestions for upcoming COST workshops.
Having attended the meeting, I am qualified to avail of this
to give feedback and suggestions to Dr. McManus. But before
ideas, I would love input from your list --and sent to you
posting--on what might be best to mention. Of course, the
absence of any
specialists--scientists, doctors or/and engineers--among the
whose facts would have helped lessen the deplorable bias in
absence of illhealth effects from mobile telephony calls out
The programme of events, etc can be accessed at www.cost281.org.
next COST 281 workshop on same topic is scheduled for Nov.
in Budapest, Hungary. Preparations for ensuring our strong
there should begin as soon as possible.
Best, Imelda, Cork, Ireland.
Spy Machine of DARPA's Dreams
By Noah Shachtman
02:00 AM May. 20, 2003 PT
It's a memory aid! A robotic assistant! An epidemic detector!
all-seeing, ultra-intrusive spying program! The Pentagon is
embark on a stunningly ambitious research project designed
every conceivable bit of information about a person's life,
the information and make it searchable.
What national security experts and civil libertarians want
to know is,
why would the Defense Department want to do such a thing?
LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into
database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken,
page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched,
magazine read. All of this -- and more -- would combine with
gleaned from a variety of sources: a GPS transmitter to keep
where that person went, audio-visual sensors to capture what
he or she
sees or says, and biomedical monitors to keep track of the
This gigantic amalgamation of personal information could
then be used to
"trace the 'threads' of an individual's life," to
see exactly how a
relationship or events developed, according to a briefing
Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, LifeLog's sponsor.
with access to the database could "retrieve a specific
thread of past
transactions, or recall an experience from a few seconds ago
many years earlier ... by using a search-engine interface."
On the surface, the project seems like the latest in a long
DARPA's "blue sky" research efforts, most of which
never make it out of
the lab. But DARPA is currently asking businesses and universities
research proposals to begin moving LifeLog forward. And some
such as Steven Aftergood, a defense analyst with the Federation
American Scientists, are worried.
With its controversial Total Information Awareness database
DARPA already is planning to track all of an individual's
data" -- like what we buy and who gets our e-mail. While
of the project have not yet been determined, Aftergood said
LifeLog could go far beyond TIA's scope, adding physical information
(like how we feel) and media data (like what we read) to this
transactional data. "LifeLog has the potential to become
'TIA cubed,'" he said. In the private sector, a number
efforts already are underway to digitally archive one's life
create a "surrogate memory," as minicomputer pioneer
Gordon Bell calls it.
Bell, now with Microsoft, scans all his letters and memos,
conversations, saves all the Web pages he's visited and e-mails
received and puts them into an electronic storehouse dubbed
DARPA's LifeLog would take this concept several steps further
tracking where people go and what they see. That makes the
similar to the work of University of Toronto professor Steve
his teen years in the 1970s, Mann, a self-styled "cyborg,"
has worn a
camera and an array of sensors to record his existence. He
convinced 20 to 30 of his current and former students to do
It's all part of an experiment into "existential technology"
metaphysics of free will."
Darpa isn't quite so philosophical about LifeLog. But the
see some potential battlefield uses for the program. "The
could allow the military to develop computerized assistants
warfighters and commanders that can be more effective because
easily access the user's past experiences," Darpa spokeswoman
speculated in an e-mail. It also could allow the military
more efficient computerized training systems, she said: Computers
remember how each student learns and interacts with the training
then tailor the lessons accordingly.
John Pike, director of defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org,
finds the explanations "hard to believe." "It
looks like an outgrowth of
Total Information Awareness and other Darpa homeland security
surveillance programs," he added in an e-mail.
Sure, LifeLog could be used to train robotic assistants.
But it also
could become a way to profile suspected terrorists, said Cory
with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In other words, Osama
Laden's agent takes a walk around the block at 10 each morning,
bagel and a newspaper at the corner store and then calls his
do the same things -- so maybe you're an al Qaeda member,
"The more that an individual's characteristic behavior
'routines, relationships, and habits' -- can be represented
form, the easier it would become to distinguish among different
individuals, or to monitor one," Aftergood, the Federation
Scientists analyst, wrote in an e-mail.
In its LifeLog report, Darpa makes some nods to privacy protection,
when it suggests that "properly anonymized access to
LifeLog data might
support medical research and the early detection of an emerging
But before these grand plans get underway, LifeLog will start
Right now, Darpa is asking industry and academics to submit
for 18-month research efforts, with a possible 24-month extension.
(Darpa is not sure yet how much money it will sink into the
The researchers will be the centerpiece of their own study.
Like a game
show, winning this Darpa prize eventually will earn the lucky
a trip for three to Washington, D.C. Except on this excursion,
participating scientist's e-mail to the travel agent, every
bill and every mad lunge for a cab will be monitored, categorized
AMERICA LECTURE" (excerpt)
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Learn about GPS satellite & Microchips, Government Mind
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Ted Gunderson - Ted is a retired FBI Sr. Special Agent-in-charge
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Celerino "Cele" Castillo - Worked for the DEA for
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Dr. Hal Tracey - One of the Founders of the International
Dr. Tracey is a scientist who is well versed on how electromagnetic
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