This Week in the News…

Posted: March 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, March 21, The Boston Globe

U.S. Unsure of Speech’s Authenticity

“However, specialists in speech and voice recognition say that with recent advances in technology, it should be possible to determine if the man in the video is Hussein or one of his doubles. Harry Wechsler, a professor of computer science at George Mason University and an authority on face recognition, said that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 the most difficult, the task is probably about a 4. And with the right software, it should take a mere matter of hours, he said.”

Sunday, March 23, The Times-Picayune

Gambling on War, Bush Puts Presidency on Line

James Pfiffner, for one, is less concerned with Bush’s legacy than with the risk to national security. He questions not only the short-term effects of the war with Iraq but the long-term consequences for America and its place in the world. ‘Everything leading up to this is undermining our relations with our allies and seeming to undermine our sense of legitimacy in the world of public opinion,’ said Pfiffner, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.”

Sunday, March 23, Omaha World-Herald

Americans Able to Tune In and Out of War

“‘CBS News’ anchorman Dan Rather updated viewers. The room fell silent as they watched a graphic tracking troop movements in the Iraqi desert. But when the game returned, the crowd whooped and hollered, changing between seriousness and celebration as easily as changing channels with a TV remote. ‘You definitely see a stronger separation between civilian life and military life,’ said Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Sept. 11 conditioned the nation to be in a constant state of awareness of the war on terrorism, he said. ‘Daily life goes on and war goes on’ on parallel tracks in our lives, he said, but they rarely cross over.”

Wednesday, March 26, The Washington Post

States Seen As Lax on Database Security

John A. McCarthy, executive director of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Project at George Mason University, said states are making great strides. But he said many states still need to more deeply incorporate cybersecurity into their broader terrorism-security programs. ‘In a post-9/11 world … we provide first responders with powerful tools, and as that process becomes more dependent on technology, you better be talking about security,’ he said.”

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