July 13, 2005

Further evidence that we're living in a Ken MacLeod novel

From The Star Fracton by Ken MacLeod:

Another place, a place unknown except as a rumor [...] The Clearning House: a hierarchial hotline, the secret Soviet of the ruling class, a permanent party - in both senses, an occasion and an organization of the privileged - where everybody who was anybody could socialize in privacy. The place where the Protocols of the Elders of Babylon could be hammered out.

[...] He needed no VR gear to be there, to be out of it - he took it straight from the screens, his mind vaulting unaided into the lucid dream of mainframing.

A virtual reality chat room where the truly powerful can get together and plan that which cannot be planned in public. Just a science fiction conspiracy theory, you say?

From CNN Money:

Chat room kept London markets open

A secret Internet chat room run by Britain's financial regulators helped keep London's financial markets open after Thursday's bomb blasts, regulators said, while financial firms activated security measures in case of further attacks.

The Bank of England, the Treasury and the Financial Services Authority switched on a secure section of their Financial Sector Continuity Web site to talk to major banks operating in the City of London's financial hub about how they were coping. [...]

The site, set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, allows regulators to coordinate and communicate with the financial services sector if there is a devastating event such as Thursday's bombings on a London bus and underground trains that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds.

The Web site has a secure section where the authorities can communicate directly with big banks that are key to the stability of the international financial system. [...]

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