Bruce Schneier says 1984 is already here

Bruce Schneier is a well-known security guru. He started out as a specialist in computer-based encryption, wrote a book for non-computer scientists about how public-key encryption worked, then became interested in the whole notion of security, both computer-based and physical, and finally, has just published a book on how society manages bad actors–in fact, how it defines them in the first place. I’ve met him a few times (he gave a talk here a few years ago) and I’m going to write a review of his latest book here in a few weeks.

But last week he had a scary article (CNN website) about how we’re already living in the surveillance state depicted in Orwell’s 1984  that I think everyone should read, so I’m (kinda) retweeting it

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As always, any thoughts would be appreciated.

 

 

Unintended consequences–federal laws to protect children online probably endanger them instead

Here’s a nice example of how passing a law to fix a perceived problem can backfire and make things even worse than before the law was passed. Here’s an article by libertarian Adam Thierer, but referencing a study by dana boyd, who gave a great talk on young people’s views of privacy on Facebook at the recent EDUCAUSE. We’re working on screening her talk in the next couple of weeks.

Larry Lessig thinks The Social Network movie gets the villains all wrong

And they’re not who you think. Larry Lessig (also here), well known for his work on copyright issues on the Internet, has a review of the Aaron Sorkin movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and suggests Sorkin is an old fogey battling for Hollywood’s view of the future of the internet, while Zuckerberg is the future of the internet. Interesting reading, whatever you think. Also deals with the issue of net neutrality, something I’ll have more to say about later.

Lessig review in the New Republic