Governments are starting to say, ‘In order to best protect my country, I need to find vulnerabilities in other countries.’ The problem is that we all fundamentally become less secure.
Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity coordinator, Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Computer Flaws, The New York Times.
But Snowden’s contribution to the noble cause of restoring the First, Fourth and Fifth amendments to the Constitution is in his documents. It depends in no way on his reputation or estimates of his character or motives — still less, on his presence in a courtroom arguing the current charges, or his living the rest of his life in prison. Nothing worthwhile would be served, in my opinion, by Snowden voluntarily surrendering to U.S. authorities given the current state of the law. I hope that he finds a haven, as safe as possible from kidnapping or assassination by U.S. Special Operations forces, preferably where he can speak freely. What he has given us is our best chance — if we respond to his information and his challenge — to rescue ourselves from out-of-control surveillance that shifts all practical power to the executive branch and its intelligence agencies: a United Stasi of America.
What kind of message are we sending about the viability these democratic ideals—about openness, transparency, public participation, public collaboration? How hollow must American exhortations to democracy sound to foreign ears? Mr Snowden may be responsible for having exposed this hypocrisy, for having betrayed the thug omerta at the heart of America’s domestic democracy-suppression programme, but the hypocrisy is America’s. I’d very much like to know what led Mr Obama to change his mind, to conclude that America is not after all safe for democracy, though I know he’s not about to tell us. The matter is settled. It has been decided, and not by us. We can’t handle the truth.
We may never know all the details of the mass surveillance programs, but we know this: The administration has justified them through abuse of language, intentional evasion of statutory protections, secret, unreviewable investigative procedures and constitutional arguments that make a mockery of the government’s professed concern with protecting Americans’ privacy. It’s time to call the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance programs what they are: criminal.
What is being done to Mr. Snowden and to Mr. Julian Assange — for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest — is an assault against the people.
Simplicity is a very hard engineering challenge, but complexity compounds like interest over time. Without keeping simplicity, you will never keep up with competitors who are trying to disrupt you.
Kris Gale, The one cost engineers and product managers don’t consider, First Round Capital.
If a phone has in fact been modified to act as a bug, the only way to counteract that is to either have a bugsweeper follow you around 24-7, which is not practical, or to peel the battery off the phone," Atkinson said. Security-conscious corporate executives routinely remove the batteries from their cell phones, he added.
And parents – children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.
As I reached out to my colleagues working in the world of eBooks, the consensus was that no one had considered a reality in which an author, given the ability to distribute directly and virtually cost free, would consider updating their work and the consequences that might have.
Before Netflix pursued the option to buy “House of Cards,” it looked to its massive data stash. Execs wanted to know: Do Netflix users enjoy political thrillers? Check. Of political thriller enthusiasts, how many also watch David Fincher films? A whole bunch. Oh, and one more thing: Is this crowd fond of Kevin Spacey? As it turned out, there was a very healthy crossover in that Venn diagram.
Ben Elowitz, In Media, Big Data Is Booming but Big Results Are Lacking, AllThingsD.