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Category Archives: Privacy

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…

Encryption and the Emperor’s New Clothes

– Everyone appears to be gobsmacked when it comes to encryption … techies, IT folks, infosec professionals, legislators, regulators and the public at large. After all, encryption algorithms have been developed by the brightest of mathematicians and computer scientists. But, apart from a few…

Yik Yak Kiks Back—Privacy vs. Anonymity Revisited

– In 1958, The Coasters sang the song “Yakety Yak,” … listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xAi80ShG0I  The lyrics are about a domineering parent ordering a kid around, threatening him or her, and saying “Don’t talk back,” when the kid retorts “Yakety Yak.” In the 1950s…

David Chaum Fights the Crypto War

– David Chaum is a crypto pioneer. According to Andy Greenberg’s January 6, 2016 Wired posting “The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War,” available at http://www.wired.com/2016/01/david-chaum-father-of-online-anonymity-plan-to-end-the-crypto-wars/?mbid=nl_1616 , Chaum…

Security vs. Safety vs. Privacy vs. Anonymity

– The recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris have brought to the fore the ongoing discussion about privacy versus national security and personal safety. An article on the front page of the November 18, 2015 Wall Street Journal by Siobhan Hughes, “Attacks To Fuel Spying Debate,” discusses the…