CSPAN all over blogging and technology this weekend

by Tim O'Brien

Related link: http://www.cspan.org

CSPAN was all about tech this weekend, and I spent the weekend listening to two interesting discussions while trying to write a Preface for an upcoming developer's notebook. (Here is a hint.)

Yesterday on BookTV, there was a replay of Patrick Radden Keefe's talk about Echelon and the NSA. I was half listening for only half the time, but it was interesting enough for me to add his book, Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping to my wishlist.

Keefe's discussion was followed by Robert O'Harrow, Jr. discussion of how data mining is used to track consumers and terrorists alike. This guy is interesting, his book looks to be an objective analysis of "identity mining" and it convinced me to buy a copy of No Place to Hide. Toward the end of the question and answer portion of this discussion, Robert O'Harrow starts to discuss ChoicePoint as a new private intelligence agency. He ends with some statements about how data profiling is creating a new power structure. Very interesting ideas.

You missed all of that stuff, it was yesterday. Regardless of your opinions, both of these books look interesting. O'Harrow specifically talked about the need for the Public to start discussing how much privacy we're willing to live without. I'm starting to notice change for the better, authors and political figures are beginning to exhibit a real knowledge of the technical issues behind security and privacy.

Tonight at 8 PM ET, there is a Q&A with Markos Moulitsas the man behind a popular blog Daily Kos.

Let me guess, you missed it?