“Piracy Harms” Are Now Part of U.S. Education Law

“Piracy Harms” Are Now Part of U.S. Education Law By Ernesto With bipartisan support, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law late last year, outlining what U.S. public education policy looks like in the years to come. One of the key changes to its…

Sorry slacktivists: The Man is shredding your robo responses

Sorry slacktivists: The Man is shredding your robo responses By It’s sad ‘cos u care SO much about issues, you even tweet about them Years ago, we were told that mass democratic participation was was going to be revolutionised by the web. One click was…

The Basics of Privacy

The Basics of Privacy By Rick Falkvinge What is Privacy? >> Privacy is a basic human emotion like love, aspiration, empathy, and understanding. It’s what we feel when we lock the restroom door, it’s what we feel when we lay back on the couch with…

Ban internet anonymity – says top US Homeland Security official

Ban internet anonymity – says top US Homeland Security official By Justification: Child abuse and terrorism, of course Internet anonymity should be banned and everyone required to carry the equivalent of a license plate when driving around online.… January 27, 2016 at 07:18PM via The…

UK Government Promoting Backdoor-Enabled Voice Encryption Protocol

UK Government Promoting Backdoor-Enabled Voice Encryption Protocol By schneier The UK government is pushing something called the MIKEY-SAKKE protocol to secure voice. Basically, it’s an identity-based system that necessarily requires a trusted key-distribution center. So key escrow is inherently built in, and there’s no perfect…

One Smart Cookie

One Smart Cookie By (Dr. Neal Krawetz) Girl Scout cookies are back in season. And that always makes me think about Thin Mints, Samoas vs Caramel deLites, and HTTP tracking methods. Over a year ago, there was a large uproar about “perma-cookies”. These are fields…

What is Privacy?

What is Privacy? By Rick Falkvinge First article in a series. More in the coming days. Privacy is a basic human emotion like love, aspiration, empathy, and understanding. It’s what we feel when we lock the restroom door, it’s what we feel when we lay…

No Safe Harbor Is Coming — CISA Made Sure Of It

No Safe Harbor Is Coming — CISA Made Sure Of It By Sara Peters It’s time to take your data classification procedures more seriously. If not, that helpful information-sharing you did in the US could cost you hefty fines for privacy violations in the European…

NSA Chief Stakes Out Pro-Encryption Position, in Contrast to FBI

NSA Chief Stakes Out Pro-Encryption Position, in Contrast to FBI By Jenna McLaughlin National Security Agency Director  chief Adm. Mike Rogers said Thursday that “encryption is foundational to the future,” and future” and that arguing about it is a waste of time. Speaking to the…