John Markoff, the New York Times’ man in Silicon Valley, has been on a roll: his articles on efforts by the (wonderfully-titled) Office of Information Awareness to create a database full of information on– well, practically everyone– got lots of notice last week. His article in today’s Times on a proposal to essentially rework the structure of the Internet to make it impossible for people to visit certain areas without leaving traces of their activities– traces which would be used by the government to track people online– is fascinating, and more than a little chilling.

And to think it was done at SRI, which is in my neighborhood. I’m so proud….

[Full disclosure: I have a slightly more than passing acquaintance with Markoff, but I still like his work anyway.]