12 March 2002

News

I've read a few interesting news items on the web over the past few days, so I thought I might post a few links here.

Yahoo! News is reporting that the Bush Administration is preparing plans for the use of nuclear weapons against seven other countries, across Asia and the Middle East. This seems like a frightening development, but one of the main roles of the Pentagon is to develop contingency plans like these, and the government itself seems to be trying to play down the leaked report.

Yesterday also marked the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings in the United States. Residents in New York erected twin towers of light as a tribute to the deaths of more than 3,000 people on September 11.

Although focused on countries other than Australia, there have been a few interesting articles on Mickey Mouse copyright laws in the U.S., and increased levies on recordable media in Canada. The vast distribution of information over the Internet means that laws passed regarding intellectual property in other countries can sometimes have surprising relevance to us in Australia.

The World Congress on Information Technology seems to have passed with barely a sound. The Australian today had an article about copyright legislation that referred to one of the speakers, but other than that I've heard nothing of it.

Maybe someone can enlighten me as to what actually happened.