Wired News: How Coder Cornered Milosevic
Mar 20, 2002, 16:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo)
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"Patrick Ball, a 36-year-old 'hacktivist,' was armed with
mathematics, logic and a set of stark graphs in his appearance as a
prosecution witness last week at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic,
the former Yugoslav president accused of atrocious war crimes.
"That may sound like a meager arsenal, but the conclusions of
Ball's analysis on killings and refugee movement in Kosovo were
difficult for Milosevic to refute.
"With the methodical manner of a forensic examiner who uses
statistics and open-source software instead of scalpels and x-rays,
Ball undermined Milosevic's claim that NATO and rebel forces--and
not Milosevic's own Serb army--caused ethnic Albanian deaths and
displacement in Kosovo..."