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Category Archives: Privacy

Campaign Lessons Learned—Part 2: Big Data vs Polls

– As children, we were frequently admonished by irate adults to “Do as I say, not as I do!” whenever we questioned why we couldn’t do what they themselves did. It was often difficult to reconcile in our own minds why there should be this dichotomy. Well, examining the results of the recent…

Campaign Lessons Learned—Part 1: Email Security

– Author’s note: This is the first of several columns about lessons that should have been learned from cybersecurity mistakes and nefarious activities that dominated, and likely changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. If there is one outstanding cybersecurity lesson that the U.S.…

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…