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If Your Hard Drive Could Testify …

A very interesting New York Times piece on whether the government has a right to search your laptop. Clive Thompson picked it up because one judge said that computers were extensions of our brains (similar to the argument Thompson makes in Your Outboard Brain Knows All). The judge explained: “Electronic storage devices function as an extension of our own memory … They are capable of storing our thoughts, ranging from the most whimsical to the most profound.”

January 7, 2008