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FishWatch: Fishing-related legislative round-up for the week ending 02/20/09

FishWatch will likely be yet another weekly column that you never see again, but there are a couple of legal initiatives on plates (and I need some trademarks to make up for the bland styling around here)…


  • Scott Carles continues weeding though the garden that is Utah House Bill 187. He’s set up a special section of his blog dealing specifically with this issue, and is looking for help addressing points that, well…need addressing.
  • And in the even better news category…


  • Stripers Forever reports that one Representative Matt Patrick has introduced a bill to the Massachusetts legislature entitled The Striped Bass Conservation Bill. The point would be to prohibit the commercial harvesting of striped bass in the area, and limit the take from anglers as well.

Know of any other’s worth mentioning?


Let the markets prevail in the subprime mortgage “debacle”

I was hard pressed to call it a debacle, but I couldn’t think of a better word. Still, when I think about it I keep hearing Resolution Trust Corporation bells in my ears. Steve Berger says:

Let contractual arrangements remain in force, let good lenders prosper and bad ones suffer (similarly with borrowers) and let the taxpayers’ pockets go unpicked. Legislative interference with market processes is likely only to prolong and deepen the downturn.

I concur, but legislators only know how to legislate. Look at the bright side…if government steps in, institutions will have less need to raise rates.

Australia gets tough on spyware

This post could just have aptly been titled “Australia Gets Tough on Internet Crooks,” as we already know they are tough on spammers. Cripes, even the ISPs down under are hammering spam.

Back to the subject at hand..uh, that was spyware, right?

House pushes cybersecurity, but someone has an “agenda”

The US House of Representatives Homeland Security subcommittee has approved the creation of an Assistant Secretary of Cybersecurity. Having the US government keeping a watchful eye on IT security issues can be a good thing, because you know politicians will get some funding for it, and you also know they will start squawking about it left and right. The funding will be used for some useless studies, but the squawking will hit the mainstream press, and then everyday folks hear about it. It is like free PR for the security conscious.

However, it always pays to read between the lines.

When Schneier talks security, people should listen

Most of you have never heard of him. But Bruce Schneier is one of my geek heroes. He doesn’t know it, but this co-founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security is the one who introduced me to the concept of public key encryption. My email has never been the same since (mostly because my friends can’t read my 4096 bit scrambled messages)!

No seriously…Bruce was the author of Applied Cryptography, which was one of the first books on encryption that didn’t require a PhD in astrophysics to understand. You could also send away for the source code associated with the book – I did, and six weeks later I had a floppy loaded with algorithms. I never compiled any of that source, but it led me to grab PGP, so it was worth the trip.

The reason I say all this is because Mr. Schneier is a guy who knows security. And by that I mean not only the code, but the processes behind them, and how they can affect users in our data driven world.

Now Bruce has commented on “identity theft,” and again it is worth listening to.

China spam legislation on the way

Spam is going to cause the next war in the Pacific theatre, I just know it. Everyone I talk to says all the spam comes from China, even though we know it all comes from Westminster, Colorado. Unfortunately, in the midst of announcing new legislation on spam in their country, the Chinese press has let the cat out of the bag, and now all hell is going to break loose.

Iowa passes spam law!?!?

Call me crazy, but isn’t Iowa a little late to the game? The recent legislation includes making it illegal to send spam, as well as steal personal information about computer users. I don’t get it, so I will just shut up.

No, wait. I hope they don’t think spyware is something James Bond wears [spywear].

Read Sioux City Journal: House passes new laws against computer crimes for more (you’ll get the James Bond goof then too).

Phishing Law or Fishing for a Law

A new bill is floating around that hopes to make tough on phishing. If it ends up anything like CAN-SPAM, we might wind up with legalized phishing! While I am all for tougher penalties against the bad guys, the politicians should be careful to properly scrutinize future legislation with the help of folks who actually know something about technology processes, prior to introducing something that disables rather than enables. You can read more about it here: New Senate Bill Looks to Hook Phishers.