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Self-Driving Software … Test, Test, Test

– A spokesman for Mobileye, the company that developed the Autopilot software for Tesla, remarked that they hadn’t tested their software for the particular scenario in which a Tesla car slammed into a tractor-trailer, proceeded under the trailer and drove independently for some distance,…

Techies, Newbies and the Preservation of Privacy

– No sooner had I submitted my May 30, 2016 “Facebook Fallibility—Algorithms vs. Judgement vs. Ourselves” BlogInfoSec column about Facebook having used newbies to select items for “Trending Topics” than Jim Rutenberg published an article, “Facebook’s Troubling One-Way Mirror,” on the…

Privacy, Secrecy, Free Access … Misinterpretation?

– The pity of it all is that many of the issues that we face with privacy rights, national security and freedom of information are a result of misinterpreting underlying concepts. Unfortunately, our “brilliant engineers,” as politicians like to call them, are the ones who appear to be the most…

Encryption and the Dark Side

– The saga continues … as it should and will. A front page article appeared in the May 17, 2016 issue of The New York Times, by Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez, with the title “Chinese Panel Quietly Grills Silicon Valley: Apple and Others Face Security Checks.” It describes the retaliation that was…

Safety and the Airbag Supply Chain

– It came as quite a surprise to read that Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi and possibly other automakers “continue to sell new vehicles with defective Takata airbags” … see Hiroko Tabuchi’s article, “Airbags with Flaws Still Used in New Cars,” on the first Business Day page…