Tag Archives: Person Travel

How Technology Shrinks and Amplifies Distance

By | November 11, 2007

Two pieces in the NYT/IHT that weren’t about technology, but kind of are, illustrate how technology can shrink distance but also grow it. First off a piece by Geoff D. Porter,  an analyst in the Middle East and Africa division of the Eurasia Group, explores how African would-be immigrants to Europe are now making their way to Europe… Read More »

Sit Still, I’m Trying to Steal Your Hair

By | September 4, 2007

A Jakarta pickpocket tries to steal a woman’s hair to make keyrings: Hair today, gone tomorrow for victim of mane mugger The hazards of riding the city’s public buses are many — pickpockets, gropers, drivers who stop in the middle of the road, wandering musicians plunking away on ukuleles in the hopes of annoying a few rupiah out… Read More »

Transparent Blogging: The Pronk Effect

By | November 21, 2006

We could learn some lessons about blogging, honesty, accountability and the distinction between public and private views from an unlikely source: the U.N.’s special envoy to Sudan. Jan Pronk, expelled last month for comments on a blog he was writing about the conflict, has replied to an email I sent to him shortly after he was expelled in… Read More »

Getting Data Past Borders

By | September 14, 2006

Bruce Schneier uses reports that Sudan is searching all laptops being brought into the country to sound a warning: “Your privacy rights when trying to enter a country are minimal, and this kind of thing could happen anywhere… If you’re bringing a laptop across an international border, you should clean off all unnecessary files and encrypt the rest.”… Read More »

The General, The Famous Psychiatrist and “Different Nigerians”

By | March 2, 2006

You don’t have to be dumb to fall for Nigerian email scams. According to a suit filed by a renowned psychiatrist’s son, Dr. Louis A. Gottschalk lost perhaps $3 million over 10 years to scammers from Nigeria. As the LA Times puts it: The court documents, filed last month in Orange County Superior Court, allege Gottschalk even traveled… Read More »