This post to Rhizome from Alex Galloway (RSG [walkerart.org])
more fun with the media...
>European digital artists are more politicized than their
naw, this is too vague to mean anything. proof: Critical Art Ensemble and
Electronic Disturbance Theatre (who together invented the concept of
electronic civil disobedience), Paul Garrin, RSG, RTMark/Yes Men, Institute
for Applied Autonomy, BIT, etc, etc.
>But "Minds of Concern" is also the only online work in the
>exhibition to operate in a legal gray area.
packet sniffing is definitely in a legal gray area. it is illegal when used
for covert surveillance. but like most technologies it's de facto legal for
private use ... plus legal for the FBI w/ a court order (under the 1986
Electronic Communications Privacy Act.) also CAE's performance was banned
from the show opening because it operates in a legal/lethal gray area
(Monsanto etc). in fact a judge in Georgia found port scanning to be
*legal* in 2000 (http://online.securityfocus.com/news/126 [securityfocus.com]).. not sure if
the law has changed since then.. but don't let 'em think that the Knowbots
are the only outlaws ;)
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