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by Mark Rasch

June 16, 2003

A few odd cases show that you don't have be a digital desparado to be accused of a cybercrime... particularly if you embarrass the wrong bureaucrats.

Some recent (and not so recent) cases illustrate how computer security professionals and well intentioned whistle-blowers face a genuine risk of running afoul of computer crime statutes simply for forgetting to ask the right person, "May I'," before doing a computer security assessment. Take the case of Scott Moulten, a computer security professional in Georgia. He was the principal person responsible for computer security (through a private company) for a county in Georgia. The county worked with various cities coordinating and providing 911 Emergency Response Services. When one city wanted to hook up to the county's 911 network, Moulten performed a port scan and throughput test on that city's network to see if the computers were vulnerable to exploit.

Computer World

by Patrick Thibodeau

May 26, 2003

Measure would curb L-1 program; H-1B cap decline approaches

Congress has been asked to set restrictions on the L-1 visa, preventing so-called IT body shops from using it as a vehicle to bring in foreign labor. But no move has been made to raise the H-1B cap, set to fall from 195,000 to 65,000 in October.

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by Health and Health Care in Schools

May 1, 2003

A 1998 federal law, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), allows parents to inspect instructional materials used in connection with any U.S. DoE-funded "survey, analysis, or evaluation."

The law, often called the "Hatch amendment" or the "Grassley amendment" for the members of Congress who introduced it, also requires schools to obtain written parental consent before minor students participate in Education Department-funded surveys that ask questions about personal or family matters.

by Clay S. Conrad

February 5, 2003

Government has a boundless appetite to inflict senseless pain on Americans, in the guise of the war on drugs, even at the cost of degrading Federalism and the needs and values of the American people. A recent case demonstrates this arrogance handily.

Ed Rosenthal was a medical marijuana supplier who, in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act, had been growing marijuana for seriously ill people under a doctor's advice and care. Rosenthal was arrested in February, 2002 and accused of supplying marijuana to the Harm Reduction Center in San Francisco. Rosenthal had been deputized by the city of Oakland, California and made the official supplier of a city-sponsored medical marijuana dispensary. The Compassionate Use Act passed with 78 percent of the vote in San Francisco. It took a total of eighty jurors to find twelve willing to convict Rosenthal. Most of those summoned for jury duty said they would not be willing to brand someone a felon for growing or distributing medical marijuana...

Computer World

by Patrick Thibodeau

February 3, 2003

Jobless protesting program despite a decrease in the number of H-1Bs issued

With the H-1B visa cap due to drop, industry groups don't know whether Congress will be in any mood to increase it with unemployment as high as it is. Meanwhile, displaced workers are organizing.

Computer World

by Patrick Thibodeau

January 28, 2003

The H-1B visa is used to bring skilled workers into the U.S., many of whom are IT workers. The visa is good for up to six years, although it has to be renewed after three years.

The total number of H-1Bs granted last year, 79,100, was sharply lower than in 2001 and far short of the allowed number.

January 22, 2003

The most recent January 2003 Gallup Poll reports that 23% of the general population think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, 57% in some circumstances, and 19% illegal in all circumstances.

by Martin Bright and Paul Harris

October 19, 2002

Hundreds of child welfare professionals, including police officers, care workers and teachers, have been identified as 'extremely high-risk' paedophiles by an investigation into internet porn.

The discovery came after US authorities passed on more than 7,000 names of UK subscribers to an American-based child porn website. When police examined a sample of the most dedicated users, they discovered that many worked with children. Investigators knew paedophiles targeted jobs which brought them into contact with children, but were shocked by how many British suspects had been undetected by the usual checks. The discovery that many were working in jobs of the highest sensitivity will send shock waves through the child protection world and lead to calls for even more stringent safeguards.

Computer World

by Thomas Hoffman

September 30, 2002

Unemployed U.S. IT professionals who are grumbling about lower-cost H-1B workers and offshore outsourcing firms wresting their jobs away.

Panelists who spoke at Brainstorm Group's Nearshore and Offshore Outsourcing conference suggested that U.S. programmers who have been displaced by H-1B workers or have seen their jobs moved offshore should broaden their horizons and look to become IT liaisons with corporate business units.

Computer World

by Thomas Hoffman

September 26, 2002

There's certainly a feeling out there that [offshore programming is] a threat to American IT workers.

At an outsourcing conference this week, panelists said American IT workers displaced by H-1B and L-1 employees should look to become IT liaisons with corporate business units.

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