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From: dufresne at winternet.com (Ron DuFresne)
Subject: IRC spying to increase

October 11, Associated Press - U.S. funds chat-room surveillance study.
The
U.S. government is funding a yearlong study on chat room surveillance
under
an anti-terrorism program. A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer
science professor hopes to develop mathematical models that can uncover
structure within the scattershot traffic of online public forums.
Professor
Bulent Yener will use mathematical models in search of patterns in the
chatter. Downloading data from selected chat rooms, Yener will track the
times that messages were sent, creating a statistical profile of the
traffic. "For us, the challenge is to be able to determine, without
reading
the messages, who is talking to whom," Yener said. The $157,673 grant
comes
from the National Science Foundation's Approaches to Combat Terrorism
program. It was selected in coordination with the nation's intelligence
agencies. Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25272-2004Oct11.html



Thanks,

Ron DuFresne
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