Phil Agre, online pioneer that ran the Red Rock Eater News service
(predating most blogs) has been missing for about a year
. Former colleagues believe it could be a mental breakdown or a walkabout
and they've begun a controlled search using social networks
with a goal of simply finding out if he's ok.
Design for a Web Filtering Service. Phil Agre
, an associate professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the editor of the rather popular mailing list called The Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE)
. In his latest email to the group, Phil picks up the issue of community web filtering and announces that he started a yahoo! group
on the topic. The prime goal of the group will be the design of software to power what he calls a webfilter, "a cross between a discussion
list, a weblog, and a bookmark file".
The Republicans make character assassination an art form.
Several people have linked to this already on their sites and I haven't had a chance to update my own yet, but Phil Agre's latest piece about Republican dirty tricks is a must-read. "The past ten days will go down as a turning point in American history. This is what it's like when the far right is taking over your country: the people support Al Gore's policies, but the polls are shifting toward George W. Bush because the media is filled with false attacks on Al Gore's character."