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Published: Saturday 28 February 1998

Net secrets
The new year had not even begun and UK's Public Record Office (PRO) unveiled the classified records for 1967. A week is a long time in politics, as Harold Wilson, the then prime minister, had observed. Perhaps this is why the government keeps its secret for as long as 30 years. Official lies are always intriguing -- even if the interest is purely historical. You can find out more about the documents that are being declassified this year at the PRO home pages at http://www. open.gov.uk/pro/prohome.htm. The documents that have been released in previous years are at http://www.ihr.sas.ac.uk/pro/profiles/welcome/.html.

Bomber on-line
Theodore Kaczynski went on trial for his life recently in Sacramento, California, USA, where he stands accused of being the dreaded Unabomber. The local daily, The Sacramento Bee , has even set up a Website devoted entirely to the proceedings at http://www.unabombertrial.com/. Kaczynski's technophobic manifesto with its apocalyptic view of a machine-dominated future is also featured on the Website. Published originally in The Washington Post , the document finally led to this mad genius' arrest. His obsession with technology has excited a certain curious fascination among those who view all machines with suspicion. You can also see the comments from visitors to the Unabomber's Fan Club at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4825/unafan.html.

China tightens the Net
China is cracking down on "subversive" use of the Internet. On December 30, the Beijing government issued new regulations under which fines and even prison sentences can be imposed on anyone using the Net to leak state secrets, promote violence, or spread political subversion and pornography. Internet service providers in China are obliged to help the government track down those who break the rules.

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