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SJ Mercury/AP: AT&T announces Web speech invention

Jul 02, 2000, 12:51 (4 Talkback[s])
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"AT&T researchers announced Friday a software invention they say will allow more uncensored speech on the Internet by dispersing encrypted files across the network and making their authors untraceable."

"Publius, named for the pen name Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison used to anonymously publish the Federalist papers, is designed to divide computer files into various pieces and hide them on participating Web sites on the Internet."

"They had to hide behind the name Publius for fear of retaliation by the British government," said Michael Dickman, a spokesman for AT&T Labs in Florham Park. "That need continues to this day, where oppressive governments will retaliate against people that are in the minority and have dissenting views."

"People who want to publish and read material they fear could face censure will be able to download software off the Publius Web site once a trial period begins in late July, Dickman said."

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