Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #126
September 3rd, 2006

Times withholds Web article in Britain

If Web readers in Britain were intrigued by the headline “Details Emerge in British Terror Case,” which sat on top of The New York Times’s home page much of Monday, they would have been disappointed with a click.
“On advice of legal counsel, this article is unavailable to readers of in Britain,” is the message they would have seen. “This arises from the requirement in British law that prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial.”
Source: Tom Zeller Jr., The New York Times, via CNET, August 28, 2006

New Technology Mashups: VoIP and RFID

Here’s an interesting mashup of two relatively new technologies, VoIP and RFID. Japanese department store giant Mitsukoshi has set up a system in their dressing rooms that makes use of both technologies in an innovative way, using a special Cisco VoIP/ RFID phone.
Source: RFID Gazette, August 28, 2006

Web underused in time of crisis

Technology commentator Bill Thompson says the web was a powerful tool – but sorely underused – during the airport chaos caused by arrests on Thursday for alleged plotting to blow up planes.
Source: Bill Thompson, BBC News, August 4, 2006

e-Democracy software to build citizen participation

Citizen participation in democratic processes across Europe has been declining for years, due largely to a lack of trust in policymakers and policy. The QUALEG project partners believe better use of information technology can help reverse the trend.
Source: IST Results, August 30, 2006

Geotagging on Flickr

Flickr’s great for exploring photos by photographer, tag, time, text and group, and now it’s also great for exploring photos by place. There are a couple of short video tutorials (or “screencasts”) which give the 90 second overview on how to geotag your own photos and how to use all the controls for searching and exploring geotagged photos.
Source: Stewart Butterfield, Flickr Blog, August 28, 2006

FBI Shows Off Counterterrorism Database

The FBI has built a database with more than 659 million records — including terrorist watch lists, intelligence cables and financial transactions — culled from more than 50 FBI and other government agency sources. The system is one of the most powerful data analysis tools available to law enforcement and counterterrorism agents, FBI officials said yesterday.
Source: Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, August 30, 2006 (Free registration)

A Computer Game for Real-Life Crises

Yesterday, on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, game developer BreakAway Games Ltd. released the final version of Incident Commander free of charge to municipal emergency departments, part of an agreement with the Justice Department, which invested $350,000 in game development. BreakAway Games put in the remaining $1.5 million toward the development.
Cities interested in obtaining a free copy of the game can find more information at
Source: Mike Musgrove, Washington Post, August 30, 2006 (Free registration)

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