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Wired News: How Coder Cornered Milosevic

Mar 20, 2002, 16:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"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..."

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