Internet Policy Discussion with Useful Examples


3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Instrument \In"stru*ment\, verb (used with an object)

1. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

2. To furnish or equip with instruments; to attach instruments to; as, the fighter planes were heavily instrumented; the patient was instrumented to monitor him remotely. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Instrument \In"stru*ment\, noun [F. instrument, L. instrumentum. See {Instruct}.]

1. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; a device; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.

All the lofty instruments of war. --Shak.

2. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.

Praise him with stringed instruments and organs. --Ps. cl. 4.

But signs when songs and instruments he hears. --Dryden.

3. (Law) A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc. --Burrill.

4. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent; as, their army was primarily an instrument of oppression. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Or useful serving man and instrument, To any sovereign state. --Shak.

The bold are but the instruments of the wise. --Dryden.

Syn: Tool; implement; utensil; machine; apparatus; channel; agent.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a device that requires skill for proper use

2: the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease" [syn: {instrument}, {tool}]

3: a person used by another to gain an end [syn: {instrument}, {pawn}, {cat's-paw}]

4: (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right [syn: {legal document}, {legal instrument}, {official document}, {instrument}]

5: the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process [syn: {instrumental role}, {instrument}]

6: any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds [syn: {musical instrument}, {instrument}]


1: equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

2: write an instrumental score for [syn: {instrument}, {instrumentate}]

3: address a legal document to

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In the interest of FULL DISCLOSURE, there is a particularly interesting SCREENSHOT of the home page here.

I used Abduction! for Firefox or Webpage Screenshot for Chrome to get this series of SCREENSHOTS.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Golden Key Campaign

I don't want Uncle Sam having my SIM Card private keys. I don't want Comcast giving all it's "business records" regarding owners of all i.p. addresses. I think for the government to request that would be a severe abuse of power. That would be bulk surveillance. I want to know if the government has made any such request of Comcast. Here is a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT request:

All the FISA courts are secret. All the telephone company metadata has been siezed through FISA warrants. All the FISA judges are appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

United States of America Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

My ISP is Comcast Cable Communications Inc. and I write about my interactions with them in the FULL DISCLOSURE SCREENSHOT above.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would be interested in the PUBLIC INTEREST aspects of my banking suggestions.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

My bank is JP Morgan Chase. What kind of bulk "business records" does this bank surrender based on FISA warrants?