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Where: 802.11 Planet Expo Conference in Boston Last Week
What: A Wireless Network of 141 nodes provided for conference goers
Tools: AirDefense Guard sensors at opposite corners of conference center
The Findings: Users checking their e-mail through unencrypted POP connections vastly outnumbered those using a VPN or another encrypted tunnel
Only three percent of e-mail downloads were encrypted
12 percent on the second day
The other 88% could easily be intercepted by eavesdroppers using commonly-available tools, compromising both the e-mail and the user’s passwords.
Additionally, 84 out of the 523 users monitored were configured to allow ad hoc networking, and 74 were configured to automatically connect to the access point with the strongest signal strength — a default mode that could leave a laptop prey to a rogue access point.
Tecore Wireless Systems, a private company in Columbia, Maryland, said it would lay the groundwork for phone companies to offer wireless in Iraq.
Tecore sells cellular infrastructure and software to carriers in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and other parts of the Middle East. It plans to begin building a distribution center in Iraq by the end of summer, the company said.
US government awarded WorldCom a $45 million contract to build a cell network in Iraq
Pentagon also gave Motorola a $10 to $25 million contract — depending on options the company exercises — to install radio communications for security forces in Baghdad.
Iraq has never had a cell-phone system, but analysts say it would be easy and cheap to install.
"It’s an autonomous, self-organizing, grassroots campaign network," said Zack Rosen, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer science student who cooked up the idea. "We’re giving people a Web tool to organize the campaign network. We want to help get this man elected."
Rosen said about 15 developers are working to get the tools up and running in the next few weeks, but anyone is welcome to contribute.
They’re building on Drupal, an open-source content-management system, for the project.
Uses RSS [Rich Site Summary] Feed
A format designed for sharing web content [articles, blogs, calendar info, etc.].
Think of it as a way to distribute "What’s New."
Originated by UserLand in 1997, and subsequently used by Netscape
RSS has evolved into a popular means of sharing content between sites [including the BBC, CNET, CNN, Disney, Forbes, Motley Fool, Wired, Red Herring, Salon, Slashdot, ZDNet and more].
To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.
To allow citizens to submit intelligence about government-related issues, while maintaining their anonymity. To allow members of the government a chance to participate in the process.
Using applications developed at the Media Lab, GIA collects and collates information about government programs, plans and
Currently the database contains information on more than 3,000 public figures.