HIBERNATING ON-LINE I checked out the live chat "Secrecy or social contract: The Worldwide Cryptography Debate" on June 5, hosted by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. The lineup included assistant director Stephen Messer, chat host Richard Field, chairman of the Electronic Commerce Payment Committee, ABA. The chat had many noteworthy panelists from a legal background. Rich Field started off the debate with a thought-provoking question that stirred quite an interesting dialogue. It was based on "the premise of Rousseau's Social Contract that the individual must be willing to give up certain rights in society, in order to provide for the common defense, and... well, you get the picture." I highly recommend checking out the transcript on this most important topic.
(Appeared originally in @The Scene in the @NY newsletter)