mercoledì, ottobre 05, 2005

NSA? national search agency

Kingsley reported an interesting news from C.Net. It seems that NSA (National Security Agency) obtained a patent on a method to locate a computer's geographic position. I'm always worried about this kind of patent. Identifying a spatial location measuring the lag between several computers is quite common in all wi-fi location related services. Obviously NSA knows that with the uprising free wi-fi access point movement (eg. Google in San Francisco) to be able to locate malicious users is a key factor. Conceptual shifting between online and offline worlds is something always fascinated me. Semantics and ideas grown online seems spreading themselves very fast in the offline (e.g. proprety related issues, search engine approach, tagging... )world and seem to be very hot topic for future research works.