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AT&T Labs researchers have created an anonymous publishing system that makes censorship difficult. Documents are stored as encrypted pieces on multiple servers across the Web, with only the author controlling authority to assemble or remove them. The technology is called "Publius" in honor of American founding fathers who used that pseudonym to publish their Federalist Papers. [Washington Post, 30Jun00. NewsScan.]

Congress is considering a Collections of Information Antipiracy Act that would give databases copyright protection. Courts have ruled that databases are not creative works, and copyright law makes no allowances for the amount of effort in a non-creative work. The act would make it illegal to damage the potential market for a database by replicating any substantial fraction of the data. [Information Today, Jun00. Edupage.]

Now that electronic signatures are legally binding in the US, hardware security companies such as DataKey and OS Crypto are eager to provide portable smart identification devices. Smart card are more secure than passwords or PINs, and biometrics offer even greater security. [American Banker, 28Jun00. Edupage.]

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