Computer underground Digest Wed Aug 31, 1994 Volume 6 : Issue 78 ISSN 1004-042X Editors: J
Computer underground Digest Wed Aug 31, 1994 Volume 6 : Issue 78
Editors: Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (TK0JUT2@NIU.BITNET)
Archivist: Brendan Kehoe
Retiring Shadow Archivist: Stanton McCandlish
Shadow-Archivists: Dan Carosone / Paul Southworth
Ralph Sims / Jyrki Kuoppala
Copylate Editor: John Holmes Shrudlu
CONTENTS, #6.78 (Wed, Aug 31, 1994)
File 1--General Information About Electronic Frontiers Italy (ALCEI)
File 2--Good, bad, etc. (Response by Jerry Leichter)
File 3--Florida obscenity trial - implication for artists
File 4--"Top Secret Data Encryption Techniques" by Held
File 5--CPSR Conference/Event Calendar
File 6--GovAccess.046: NASA funds public-access projects
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Date: Tue, 30 Aug 1994 08:27:53 -0700
From: Bernardo Parrella
Subject: File 1--General Information About Electronic Frontiers Italy (ALCEI)
General Information About Electronic Frontiers Italy (ALCEI)
Associazione per la Liberta' nella Comunicazione Elettronica
Interattiva (Association for Freedom in Electronic Interactive
ALCEI - Electronic Frontiers Italy is an association of people
dedicated to affirm and protect constitutional rights for "electronic
citizens" as new communications technologies emerge.
ALCEI is focused on the safeguard of freedom of expression and
personal privacy for any person using electronic communication
systems for personal, social, cultural, professional activities.
ALCEI was founded in Milan at the end of July 1994 and is inspired by
the principles and goals of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The main objectives of ALCEI - EF Italy are:
- To ensure the protection of Constitutional rights for citizens using
computer-based communication systems, researching and advising on
current and future laws to ensure those rights;
- To monitor, disclose and oppose any behavior intended to put
restriction, censorship or suppression of free circulation of
electronic communications and exchange of information and ideas, no
matter how controversial.
- To support, encourage and promote the development and use of
electronic communications, in order to enable all citizens to have a
voice in the information age.
- To inform and educate the community at large about computer-based
communication systems, emphasizing their responsible use and their
positive consequences for our society.
The activities of ALCEI - EF Italy include:
- Organization of electronic mailing lists and public online
conferences distributed throughout Italian systems for discussion on
the above mentioned topics and related activities.
- Research of current Italian and International laws regarding
bulletin board systems and other online information services to set
up guide-lines for providers of the these services, detailing their
rights and responsibilities.
- Production and distribution of information in different formats,
including newsletters of various types for local media, general
public and the digital community at large.
- Establishment of public meetings and programs focused on the use of
computer-based communications, in collaboration with local groups and
- Regular exchange of information and experiences with similar
International organizations and online communities.
ALCEI - EF Italy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. It is
not tied to any political party or financial corporation. It does
not accept any government grant. Its activities are completely
supported by membership and personal contributions; its board and
other active members are volunteers and receive no compensation.
MEMBERSHIP IN ALCEI - EF Italy
Annual Membership Fees:
Regular: 50.000 ItLira, US $ 30;
Low-income/Student: 20.000 ItLira, US $ 15;
Supporting, Groups, Organizations: 300.000 ItLira, US $ 200
(Memberships paid during 1994 will be effective until December 31, 1995)
Donations of any amount are well accepted :-)))
Information, membership form, ecc:
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Date: Mon, 29 Aug 94 09:56:55 EDT
From: Jerry Leichter
Subject: File 2--Good, bad, etc. (Response by Jerry Leichter)
I found Charles Perkins's reply to my earlier article refreshing. While he
and I may disagree on some issues, his article is at least reasoned and
provides a basis for further discussion. I'll respond because I think doing
so can help to further clarify the issues.
Jerry Leichter knocks down a straw man
Perhaps - but it wasn't *my* straw man; it was Brock Meeks who raised the
arguments to which I was responding.
in his argument that free
market concerns (about cryptograpy and the clipper chip) should not
take precedence over public interest and safety. He correctly argues
that we have regulations for our safety. However, his article assumes
that the proposed regulations will safeguard citizens' safety and
interests in a manner similar to current automotive and industrial
regulations. I do not share this assumption. In fact, I am afraid
that these proposals will reduce my safety and compromise my own
This is a disagreement on issues of fact. Unfortunately, it's difficult to
know what the actual facts are. I'll be the first to admit that the FBI has
done an incompetent job of arguing *its* facts. (In fact, I'm rather upset
with the general incompetence my government has shown in arguing the facts of
almost anything of late. If we've become a nation of special interest groups
spouting propaganda as "facts," then unfortunately our government has become
just another of those groups. It's been said that institutions come to
resemble their opponents. All too true.)
Absent facts, one has to reason. My reasoning is based on a couple of related
- If you look at white-color crime prosecutions, you will quickly come
to the conclusion that success requires that the prosecution get their
hands on records and communications. Often, the basis of the prosecu-
tion case is testimony from participants who've been "turned" as a
result of deals offered to them; but it's the records and intercepted
communications that clinch the case. Personally, I think that's a
good thing: I'd rather not see a system in which people are regularly
convicted solely on the basis of testimony "bought" from their part-
ners in crime.
- Everyone talks about the fact that we are moving into "the informa-
tion age," where wealth and power will be in information, not in
manufactured objects. But consider what this implies for crime: If
wealth is in information, it is information that will be the object
of crime. I hate to use drug traffickers as an example, since "drug
lords" are so over-used as bogey men; but it happens that on this
front the drug criminals are among the leaders. High-level drug
criminals deal in information, not drugs. They need never come near
their products. What they do is arrange shipments, deals, payoffs,
what have you, from a distance. An attack against them must be made
against the center of their business - their communications - not
against the margins (say, individual "drug mules", carrying a few
pounds of whatever across the border).
- It's much easier and cheaper to build features into a large system
than to add them later. That's why the argument "well, we haven't
seen a problem with getting taps yet, so let's wait" is so dangerous.
It's like the famous joke of the man who falls off a 50-story building
and is heard to say, as he passes the 5th floor, "Everything's fine
so far." One need only look at the nature of the networks and ser-
vices that are being built to know that traditional techniques are
rapidly becoming obsolete, and that without technical help from the
network designers, nothing can reasonably replace them.
By the way, I find the complaints from the telephone companies that
$500 million won't be enough to upgrade their equipment (a) evidence
of this problem (if you believe it's $500 million or more now, what
would it cost 10 years from now?) (b) absurdly high, and probably
made by the same people who estimated that an E911 document cost
$75,000, or whatever that wonderful number was.
Consider also the following quote from EPIC's statement, which appeared in the
same issue of CuD:
Indeed, the telecommunications industry has consistently maintained
that it is unaware of any instances in which a communications carrier
has been unable to comply with law enforcement's requirements.
As I read the FBI Wiretap Bill currently under discussion, this statement
shows that the current system provides the required facilities. Cost of
compliance: $0.00! What are the telco's complaining about, then? Do they
perhaps realize that it won't be so simple to comply in the future?
I am not concerned about the ethical use of the powers of observation
that would be created by the digital telephony proposals. I AM
concerned about the unethical uses. The unethical uses by government
We've dealt with unethical behavior by government officials through laws and
checks and balances. The current bill - much improved over previous versions
in this regard - contains additional safeguards of this sort. Procedural
safeguards can never be perfect; nothing devised by human beings ever is. But
to blind oneself to the cost of alternatives in the search for perfection does
more harm than good.
or criminals (anyone using these avenues without authority
but with the technical ability and illicit knowlege.)
If there's little evidence for widespread problems by law enforcement in its
use of the current system, there's even less for this. In any case, one of
the important changes between earlier versions of the bill and this one are
the removal of requirements that the government initiate the taps itself.
Under the current proposal, as in the current system, the telco's are to do it
at government request. Besides being yet another check and balance, and
another place where records that might demonstrate abuses will be stored, this
eliminates the (perhaps not so far-fetched) fear of the super-hacker who gains
access to the government-controlled remote tapping equipment. Certainly, even
in such a system, criminals can bribe or pressure telco employees - but anyone
who thinks the telco itself cannot gain access to the data it carries is
kidding himself. Whether for billing or network management purposes, the
telco's will have this capability, even if it's in a form that may not be
particularly useful for a government tap. (That, by the way, is one reason I
find the telco cost estimates so absurdly high.)
In any case, the traditional telephone system was a triviality for anyone with
minimal technical knowledge and a few dollars of equipment to tap into. If
tapping by criminals wasn't a big concern for that system, why the worry now?
I also am
concerned about the precedent this would set. I would like to think
that I have a right to privacy in my communications with others.
You do. The Constitution guarantees "The right of the people to be secure in
their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and
seizures...." But the same Fourth Amendment goes on to describe how a legiti-
mate warrant, under which searches and seizures are permissible, is to be
issued. Law isn't a set of abstractions; it's the practical basis for civil
society. "Both rich and poor have the right to sleep under bridges." A law
has to be implementable, or it's just words on paper.
The Constitution, and any codification of laws, is a tradeoff between the
liberties of individuals and other individuals, and between individuals and
the common polity. Not even the rights to life (in the sense of the Declara-
tion of Independence!) and liberty are absolute - criminals can be jailed or
even executed, and anyone can be drafted in time of war or other emergency.
Why should a right to privacy in communications be more important than life
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 94 18:23 EDT
Subject: File 3--Florida obscenity trial - implication for artists
The following item is reproduced from Reason magazine. It may be
of interest, as I see a chilling resemblance to the recent
Tennessee prosecution of a California bulletin board operator.
A Florida obscenity trial may have wide implications for artists
By Nick Gillespie
"Reason" (ISSN 0048-6906) Sept/Oct 1994
When 24-year-old artist Michael Diana sold two copies of his
self-published comic book "Boiled Angel" to undercover deputy
sheriffs in Florida's Pinellas County, he didn't exactly profit
from the sale. Instead, Diana was arrested and charged with
publishing, advertising and distributing obscene materials.
At his trial last April, Diana's jury agreed with witnesses for
the prosecution who testified that "Boiled Angel" had no literary
or artistic merit and that it appealed only to "deviant groups"
and "those who have a libertine bent in their thinking." Diana,
who faced a possible prison stay of three years, was sentenced to
three years' probation and fined $3,000.
Under the terms of his probation, he must perform eight hours of
community service a week, attend and pay for a course in
journalistic ethics, and submit to periodic searches to confirm
he is no longer producing obscene material. And because Diana
must also refrain from all contact with anyone younger than 18,
he has lost his job as a clerk at his father's convenience store.
Ironically, the copies bought by undercover policemen were
Diana's only local sales. Diana sent "Boiled Angels", which sold
about 300 copies per issue, through the mail only to subscribers
in the United States, France, Australia and Africa. The comic
consists of illustrated stories and poems attacking Christianity
and depicting serial murders, satanic rituals, sexual assaults,
and cannibalism. Diana testified in court that he intended his
work to be "a mirror to our society, to show its problems." But
after his sentencing, Diana said, "I won't do anything that might
be considered obscene."
Seth Friedman, the publisher of "Factsheet Five", a San
Francisco-based review of underground comics, says he believes
Diana's conviction will "absolutely" have a chilling effect on
artistic expression, even outside the comic-book community.
"Especially if you live in a non-urban part of the country," says
Friedman, "you realize you have to be very, very careful if your
work deals with sexuality or religion." Friedman, who testified
on Diana's behalf, doubts the comic-book artist would have been
convicted -- or even tried -- in a more cosmopolitan setting.
But he notes that small-town successes will likely encourage
prosecutors in bugger cities to try similar cases. "This sort of
censorship will lead to larger things if it's not snuffed out at
the source," says Friedman.
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 1994 11:52:53 -0600 (MDT)
From: "Rob Slade, Ed. DECrypt & ComNet, VARUG rep, 604-984-4067"
Subject: File 4--"Top Secret Data Encryption Techniques" by Held
11711 N. College Ave., Suite 140
Carmel, IN 46032-5634
"Top Secret Data Encryption Techniques", Held, 1993, 0-672-30293-4,
This book is a lot of fun, and may even be of some use. A number of
ciphering techniques are outlined, and the interested hobbyist can
undoubtedly come up with many variations on the themes. The included
source code, in BASIC, is simple and straightforward, and can easily
be modified to suit new ideas.
Fun, and possibly useful, but definitely *not* top secret. Of the
five chapters that actually deal with encipherment, three deal
strictly with mono-alphabetic substitution. Regardless of how complex
the substitution, a one-to-one correspondence is susceptible to either
character frequency analysis or brute force cracking. The remaining
two chapters deal with poly-alphabetic substitutions that are still,
because of the fact of substitution, subject to brute force attacks.
(The one exception is the generation of a "one time" pad.)
Advanced encryption is currently the province of higher mathematics.
Explanations and sample code for these would require more
sophistication than the current book demands. Still, it would not
have been impossible to include them, and it might have improved the
scope of the book.
Simple, and subject to attack, or not, the techniques in the book can
be used for some measure of privacy and security. As stated in the
preface, even crackable codes may raise the expense of getting at the
data beyond its worth.
rot13 this message after reading.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994 BKTSDET.RVW 940712
DECUS Canada Communications, Desktop, Education and Security group newsletters
Editor and/or reviewer ROBERTS@decus.ca, RSlade@sfu.ca, Rob Slade at 1:153/733
Author "Robert Slade's Guide to Computer Viruses" (Sept. '94) Springer-Verlag
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 1994 15:37:05 -0700
From: email list server
Subject: File 5--CPSR Conference/Event Calendar
If you are planning to attend a conference, please contact CPSR at
email@example.com or (415) 322-3778 for easy ways for you to be a presence for
CONFERENCE /EVENT SCHEDULE
VRST '94 (Virtual Reality Software and Technology), SINGAPORE, Aug 23-26.
Technologies of Surveillance; Technologies of Privacy. The Hague, The
NETHERLANDS, Sept. 5. Sponsored by Privacy International and EPIC.
Contact: Simon Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
16th International Conference on Data Protection. The Hague, The
NETHERLANDS, Sept. 6-8. Contact B. Crouwers 31 70 3190190 (tel)
31 70 3940460 (fax)
Breaking the Barriers to the National Information Infrastructure, ANA Hotel,
Washington, DC, Sept. 7-8.
Contact: 908 885-6758 for automated fax information and delivery system.
Seybold San Francisco, Moscone Center, Sept. 13-16. Contact: 800 488-2883
MHVR '94 (Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Virtual Reality), Moscow, RUSSIA,
Sept. 14-16. Contact: email@example.com
Networks Expo / Communications '94 /Windows World '94, Dallas, TX Sept. 20-22.
Contact: 800 829-3976.
Executive Summit Meeting of the Central and East European Computer
Industry, Bratislava, SLOVAKIA, Sept. 25-28.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212 924-8800 (phone) 212 924-0240 (fax)
Information Superhighway Summit, San Jose, CA, Sept. 26-28. A Comnet
Conference. Contact: 800-225-4698 (US) or 505 879-6700
Legal and Business Aspects of the Internet and Online Services, New York City,
Sept. 29-30. Contact: 800 888-8300 ext. 6111 or 212 545-6111.
"Manging the Privacy Revolution," Washington, DC, Oct. 4-5 .
Contact: 201 996-1154 201 996-1883 (fax)
National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists "Legal, Ethical and
Technological Aspects of Computer and Network Use and Abuse" Maryland,
October 7-9. Contact: 202 326-6600 202 289-4950 (fax) email@example.com
"Organizing for Access, " CPSR Annual Meeting, Price Center, University of
California - San Diego, San Diego, CA, Oct. 8-9. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
People, Networks, and Communication '94, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 11-14.
Contact: Dr. Ernest Kho, Jr. 808 933-3383 email@example.com
4th Beijing International Symposium on Computer-Based Information
Management (BISCIM '94), Beijing, CHINA, Oct. 14-18.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 214 351-5008 (tel) 214 351-4861 (fax)
Symposium: An Arts and Humanities Policy for the National Information
Infrastructure. Boston, Mass. October 14-16, 1994. Sponsored by the
Center for Art Research in Boston. Contact: Jay Jaroslav
American Society for Information Science Annual Meeting, Alexandria, VA
Oct. 17-20. Contact: 301 495-0900 (ph) 301 495-0810 (fax) email@example.com
"Access 2001: Sharing Strategies for an Evolving Community Media,"
Hyatt Ricky's, Palo Alto, CA, Oct. 20-22. Contact: 415 949-7616.
"People & Technology in Harmony," Nashville, TN, Oct. 24-28.
Contact: 310 394-1811 310 394-2410(fax)
Third Biennial Conference on Participatory Design, Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, October 27-28, 1994. Sponsored by CPSR.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 919 942-9773
ftp.cpsr.org /cpsr/conferences/pdc94 directory.
Information Systems Education Conference, Sponsored by Education
Foundation of the DPMA, Louisville, Kentucky, October 28-30
ALCTS Institute on the Electronic Library, San Antonio, TX October 29-30.
Contact 513 873-2380 513 873-4109(fax) email@example.com
ACM/SIGCAPH Conference on Assistive Technologies, Marina del Rey, CA,
October 31-Nov.1 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Fairfax, VA,
Nov. 2-4. Contact: email@example.com
Ethics in the Computer Age, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, November 11-13.
21st Annual Computer Security Conference & Exhibition, Washington, DC,
Nov. 14-16. Contact: 415 905-2626 415 905-2218 (fax)
Open Systems World, Washington Convention Center, DC, Nov. 28-Dec. 2.
Contact: 301 953-9600 (phone) 301 953-2213 (fax)
The Technology for Information Security Conference '94 (TISC '94),
Galveston, TX, Dec. 5-8.
Contact: John D'Agostino firstname.lastname@example.org
North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society, San Antonio, TX,
Dec. 18-21. Contact: email@example.com
Second International Conference on Information Warfare: "Chaos on the
Electronic Superhighway," Montreal, CA, Jan. 18-19. .
Contact: Mich Kabay, firstname.lastname@example.org
ETHICOMP95: An international conference on the ethical issues of using
Information Technology, DeMontfort University, Leicester, ENGLAND,
March 28-30, 1995. Contact: Simon Rogerson email@example.com
44 533 577475 (phone) 44 533 541891 (Fax).
Paper and Workshop Submissions -deadline for notification of intention to
ACM Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI'95), Denver, CO,
Contact 410 263-5382 firstname.lastname@example.org
IDT 95 12th Congress - Information Markets and Industries, Paris, FRANCE,
June 13-15. Organized by ADBS (Society of information professionals), ANRT
(National Association of Technological Research), and GFII (French association
of information industries). Contact: 33 1 43 72 25 25 (ph) 33 1 43 72 30 41
Key Players in the Introduction of Information Technology: Their Social
Responsibility and Professional Training, BELGIUM, July 5-7, 1995.
Contact: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper submissions by Nov. 2, 1994
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 1994 03:47:21 -0700
From: Jim Warren
Subject: File 6--GovAccess.046: NASA funds public-access projects
[excerpts from a Smart Valley announcement]
>From email@example.com Mon Aug 29 18:43:57 1994
To: Smart Valley Mail List
(Permission to cross-post this release was granted by NASA
------------------BEGIN NASA PRESS RELEASE------------------------
August 24, 1994
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
NASA AWARDS INTERNET GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
NASA today selected 15 organizations to receive a total of
$20 million to help develop applications and technologies as a
part of the Agency's efforts to provide public use of Earth and
space science data over the Internet. Some of the projects are
joint ventures that also will receive funding through other
The remote sensing database (RSDB) applications will make
the information more accessible to a wider audience than in the
past. The digital library technology (DLT ) projects will
advance the technologies in use by digital libraries and offer
new paths for the libraries of tomorrow.
These selections closely follow the Remote Sensing Public
Access Center award announced Aug. 8, 1994. Additional RSDB
application and DLT awards will be made in the near future.
The projects are part of the Information Infrastructure
Technology and Applications program administered from NASA
Headquarters, Washington, D.C., with technical management
provided by Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
A complete list of the grants and agreements follows.
RSDB AND DLT GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS
A total of nine projects to develop RSDB applications are
receiving funding have agreements or grants. They are:
Athena: Curriculum Development, Implementation and Support
on the Internet, -- a $900,000 cooperative agreement between NASA
and Science Applications International Corp., Seattle.
Associates include Northshore School District, Bothell, Wash.;
Seattle Public Schools; Lake Washington School District,
Kirkland, Wash.; Bellevue (Wash.) Public Schools; and
the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia,
Wash. The project will develop curriculum materials integrating
ocean, weather, land and space data for grades K-12.
Bay Area Digital GeoResource (BADGER): A Model for
Public/Private Shared Access to Earth Science Data Over the
Internet -- a $3 million cooperative agreement between NASA and
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Research and Development
Division, Palo Alto, Calif. Associates include NASA
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; International
Geomarketing Corp., Redwood City, Calif.; and the City of
Mountain View, Calif. BADGER will enable local governments,
utilities, businesses and the public to find, use and share data
sets referenced by geological features that help them manage
current responsibilities and improve the quality of their
products and services.
Earth System Science Community Curriculum Testbed -- a $1.1
million cooperative agreement between NASA and ECOlogic Corp.,
Washington, D.C. Gonzaga High School, Washington, D.C., is an
associate in this project. The effort will develop Internet
access and curriculum materials for investigation-based science
instruction by high school and college students.
Enhanced Access for Forest Management Planning -- a $600,000
grant to the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids, will cooperate in this
endeavor to use LANDSAT imagery, digitized aerial photography and
ground-based forest databases aiding in the management of forest
Enhancing the Teaching of Science in Elementary Education
Through the Application of NASA Remote Sensing Data Bases and
Internet Technology -- a $200,000 cooperative agreement between
NASA and The Analytic Sciences Corp., Arlington, Va., with
support from Franconia, Va., Elementary School and the
Fairfax, Va., County School district. This project will develop
weather-based curriculum for grades K-6.
Exploring the Environment -- a $1.8 million cooperative
agreement with the NASA Classroom of the Future at Wheeling
Jesuit College, Wheeling, W.Va. The project will develop
computer software modules for use by high school students and
teachers investigating Earth-science questions via extended
inquiries over the Internet.
NASA Digital Image Data Distribution for Education, Public
Access and Tourism in Hawaii: A Model System -- a $900,000 grant
to the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Associates are the NASA
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; Maui Community
College, Kahului, Hawaii; Leeward Community College, Pearl City,
Hawaii; and Highlands Intermediate School, Pearl City. This
effort will prepare and present current data and imagery of
the Hawaiian Islands over the Internet for use by the tourism
industry as well as education, television and researchers.
VOLCANOWATCH: Bringing Volcano Remote Sensing Data to
Classrooms and National Parks and Monuments -- awarded a $900,000
grant to the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Other
participants include Lincoln Elementary School, Grand Forks;
University of Hawaii, Honolulu; Educational Services
District 112, Vancouver, Wash.; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park;
and Gifford Pinchot National Forest, USDA Forest Service,
Vancouver, Wash. The project will present information over the
Internet covering current and historical activity of terrestrial
and planetary volcanoes. Targeted audiences include visitors to
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park as well as grade-school students.
Public Access to Earth and Space Science Data Via
Television, -- a $2.2 million cooperative agreement between NASA
and WRC-TV, Washington, D.C. Partners in this endeavor include
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; NASA Stennis
Space Center, Miss.; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's National Weather Service, Washington, D.C. The
project will develop visualizations of current Earth and space
science data to be included as part of the daily weather and news
reports for WRC-TV and other NBC affiliates. More importantly,
the data also will be available over the Internet for use in
Six DLT projects are receiving funding to help provide for
the future technologies for our libraries and research
information. They are:
Compression and Progressive Transmission of Digital Images--
a $500,000 grant to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore. This team will
improve the rate at which large digital images can be transferred
across the network.
Creating the Public Connection: Interactive Experiences with
Real-Time Earth and Space Science Data -- an $800,000 grant to
Rice University, Houston, in collaboration with the Houston
Museum of Natural Sciences. The work will advance kiosk
technology, allowing touch navigation through multi-
disciplinary science data, as well as making NASA data available
to all who visit the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences.
Retrieval of Digital Images by Means of Content Search -- a
$2 million cooperative agreement with IBM Corp., Yorktown
Heights, N.Y. The project focuses on content retrieval on
compressed images. Test Applications and Digital Library
Technologies in Support of Public Access to Earth and Space
Science Data -- a $2.1 million cooperative agreement between NASA
and the University of Illinois, National Center for
Supercomputing Applications, Urbana-Champaign. The team will
develop Mosaic file format enhancements, and a Space Science and
Astronomy server. Mosaic is a popular software tool used to
access information on the Internet.
Useability and Interoperability: A Dual Strategy for
Enabling Broader Public Use of NASA's Remote Sensing Data on
Internet -- a $2.3 million cooperative agreement between NASA and
Bellcore, Morristown, N.J., in collaboration with Camber Corp.,
Huntsville, Ala.; Open GIS Foundation, Cambridge, Mass.; and
the Goddard Space Flight Center. The team plans to develop a
virtual geodata model to enable broader public use of
"Reaching NASA from Home -- Internet Access via Cable TV" --
a $700,000 cooperative agreement with Computer Sciences Corp.,
Calverton, Md., in collaboration with Jones Intercable,
Gambrills, Md.; Integral Systems, Lanham, Md.; and the Goddard
Space Flight Center. The team will develop a system to provide
Internet access to the general public using channels on a
local cable television connection.
Michael C. McRay
Smart Valley, Inc.
1661 Page Mill Road TEL: 415/843-2053
Suite 200 FAX: 415/843-2222
Palo Alto, CA 94304 NET: firstname.lastname@example.org
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