July 8th, 2003 - Open Knowledge
Jul. 8th, 2003
12:33 pm - Burn map of the internet?
Dissertation Could Be Security Threat
Student's Maps Illustrate Concerns About Public Information
By Laura Blumenfeld
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 8, 2003; Page A01
Sean Gorman's professor called his dissertation "tedious and unimportant." Gorman didn't talk about it when he went on dates because "it was so boring they'd start staring up at the ceiling." But since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Gorman's work has become so compelling that companies want to seize it, government officials want to suppress it, and al Qaeda operatives -- if they could get their hands on it -- would find a terrorist treasure map.
Tinkering on a laptop, wearing a rumpled T-shirt and a soul patch goatee, this George Mason University graduate student has mapped every business and industrial sector in the American economy, layering on top the fiber-optic network that connects them.
He can click on a bank in Manhattan and see who has communication lines running into it and where. He can zoom in on Baltimore and find the choke point for trucking warehouses. He can drill into a cable trench between Kansas and Colorado and determine how to create the most havoc with a hedge clipper. Using mathematical formulas, he probes for critical links, trying to answer the question: "If I were Osama bin Laden, where would I want to attack?" In the background, he plays the Beastie Boys.
For this, Gorman has become part of an expanding field of researchers whose work is coming under scrutiny for national security reasons. His story illustrates new ripples in the old tension between an open society and a secure society.
"I'm this grad student," said Gorman, 29, amazed by his transformation from geek to cybercommando. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I'd be briefing government officials and private-sector CEOs."
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09:13 pm - Accounts Payable Coordinator
amanda42's company is hiring. Go work with her! It'd be difficult to find a cooler coworker.
[Most of you may have seen this earlier. I'm posting again because she posted a public notice.]
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Reports to AP Manager
The AP Department consists of a team of 5 accountants whose primary responsibility is to process 13,000 invoices and 5,000 checks on a monthly basis.
· Process invoices and expense reports for payment using Peoplesoft AP Module
· Research vendor account statements
· Answer internal customer and vendor inquiries via telephone and e-mail
· Maintain AP files
· Assist in cash management through payment timing optimization
· Maintain and update AP vendor information
· Provide feedback and input to improve the AP process
· Special projects as needed
Must have a great attitude, computer skills and attention to detail. AP or Peoplesoft experience is preferred, though not necessary. Prefer individual who is in the process of studying or has studied Accounting, Finance, or Computer Information Systems. Independent thinkers who question the status quo are enthusiastically welcomed!
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