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Military Control over Digital Commerce?

Wer gerade in Boston ist, den duerfte dies hier 
interessieren, denn es verspricht tiefer zu greifen, 
als die üblichen Analysen.


>               The Digital Commerce Society of Boston
>                            Presents
>                          Peter Cassidy
>                     Author, Technology Analyst
>                        A Future Garrisoned:
>                    How Long Can Military Fiat
>               Control Digital Commerce Technologies?
>                      Tuesday, October 7, 1997
>                             12 - 2 PM
>                 The Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
>                   One Federal Street, Boston, MA
>It is the wonderful American expectation of the new that informs a
>belief that what is technically possible is inevitable. Peter Cassidy's
>presentation - "A Future Garrisoned: How Long Can Military Fiat Control
>Digitial Commerce Technologies?" - will measure the political distance
>between what is possible in digital commerce and the reality of trying to
>establish it in the face of a campaign of disruption orchestrated by as
>influential an actor as the military-intelligence complex.
>	Mr. Cassidy will discuss the decades-long twilight engagement that
>has been fought between the military intelligence agencies and the
>civilian sector since the late 1970s when it became apparent that
>cryptography would not long remain the preserve of the military without
>political intervention. (In his research, Mr. Cassidy has discovered that
>military intelligence agencies in the United States have a larger scope of
>interest in communications technologies than that which makes its way into
>the mass media, including such vital parts of the modern infrastructure as
>the civilian telephone network.)
>	Mr. Cassidy will extrapolate what political and industrial
>barriers this campaign of disruption presents for the wide-scale adoption
>of strong cryptographic technologies, digital specie and other electronic
>financial instrumentation - such as adaption of Federal Reserve policy to
>the digital commerce space. As well, Mr. Cassidy will look at the routes
>of evasive action that are taken by creative digital commerce pioneers to
>end-run the most palpable of military barriers to electronic commerce: the
>export control regulations.
>For the public presses, Peter Cassidy covers technology, white collar
>crime and national affairs and, for research firms, he authors analyses on
>technologies and their relevant markets. His reportage and opinion pieces
>have appeared in WIRED, Forbes ASAP, The Economist, The Covert Action
>Quarterly, The Progressive, The Texas Observer, Telepath Magazine, Bankers
>Monthly, American Banker, InformationWeek, CFO Magazine, OMNI, The Boston
>Sunday Globe, Boston Magazine, The Sunday Sacramento Bee, ComputerWorld,
>National Mortgage News, Mortgage Technology, The International Digital
>Media Yearbook (Japan), NetscapeWorld, CIO Magazine, Webmaster Magazine,
>Datamation Magazine, World Trade Magazine and dozens of magazines and
>newspapers worldwide. Several of his pieces have been included in
>anthologies and college social studies texts. His expertise in information
>technologies has garnered his research firm, TriArche Research Group,
>contracts with some of the most prestigious industrial research firms in
>America - Giga Information Group, Dataquest, CI-InfoCorp, Business
>Research Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Cahners/Reed Elsevier, and NSI
>Information Services - for whom he has authored analyses on a range of
>subjects including cryptography and the network security industry. 
>This meeting of the Digital Commerce Society of Boston will be held on
>Tuesday, October 7, 1997, from 12pm - 2pm at the Downtown Branch of the
>Harvard Club of Boston, on One Federal Street. The price for lunch is
>$30.00. This price includes lunch, room rental, various A/V hardware, and
>the speaker's lunch. ;-).  The Harvard Club *does* have dress code: jackets
>and ties for men (and no sneakers or jeans), and "appropriate business
>attire" (whatever that means), for women.  Fair warning: since we purchase
>these luncheons in advance, we will be unable to refund the price of your
>lunch if the Club finds you in violation of the dress code.
>We will attempt to record this meeting and put it on the web in RealAudio
>format at some future date
>We need to receive a company check, or money order, (or, if we *really*
>know you, a personal check) payable to "The Harvard Club of Boston", by
>Saturday, October 4, or you won't be on the list for lunch.  Checks
>payable to anyone else but The Harvard Club of Boston will have to be
>sent back.
>Checks should be sent to Robert Hettinga, 44 Farquhar Street, Boston,
>Massachusetts, 02131. Again, they *must* be made payable to "The Harvard
>Club of Boston", in the amount of $30.00. Please include your e-mail
>address, so that we can send you a confirmation
>If anyone has questions, or has a problem with these arrangements (We've
>had to work with glacial A/P departments more than once, for instance),
>please let us know via e-mail, and we'll see if we can work something
>Upcoming speakers for DCSB are:
>November  Carl Ellison         Identity and Certification for Electronic
>                                Commerce
>December  James O'Toole        Internet Coupons
>January   Joseph Reagle        "Social Protocols": Meta-data
>                                and Negotiation in Digital Commerce
>We are actively searching for future speakers.  If you are in Boston on
>the first Tuesday of the month, and you would like to make a
>presentation to the Society, please send e-mail to the DCSB Program
>Commmittee, care of Robert Hettinga, <mailto: rah@shipwright.com> .
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>We look forward to seeing you there!
>Robert Hettinga
>The Digital Commerce Society of Boston
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