NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 02, 1978
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(Studio) Report on legal battle being entered by University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee with US government because of Prof.'s discovery of way to keep computer information secret.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Milwaukee, WI) Dr. George Davida's expertise on computer security, National Science Fndtn. grant to Davida for further study and Davida development of method to halt theft of information from computers detailed. Pentagon decision that no one else should know of Davida's discovery, due to reasons of national security, reported Patent Office's letter to Davida threatening jail sentence if he discusses work with anyone in any way noted. [Univ. assistant chancellor Frank CASSELL - says university community sees restrictions as attack on academic freedoms in US.] [DAVIDA - thinks they followed normal procedures in doing things they did; says outcome was a surprise.] Univ. request to National Science Fndtn. to help Davida and plans to consider own legal action if no other method brings solution stated. REPORER: Bob Kur