David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti deconstructs the elements that went into *Heroes*. Brilliant to hear the many layers in the track - especially Robert Fripp’s ethereal guitar lines - that you barely hear yet which are all essential.
The problem is not that these companies will fail (may they all die in agony), but that the survivors will take desperate measures to stay alive as the failure spiral tightens.
These companies have been collecting and trafficking in our most personal data for many years. It’s going to get ugly.
Phillip Rogaway, professor of computer science at the University of California, interviewed in The Atlantic about the failure of the cryptographic community to address moral implications of universal surveillance:
Waddell: What led you to understand the political implications of your own work?
Rogaway: I myself had been thinking increasingly in these terms when the Snowden revelations came out. Those revelations made me confront more directly our failings as a community to have done anything effectual about stemming this transition of the Internet to this amazing tool for surveilling entire populations.
Open source and publicly minded certificate provider Let’s Encrypt have gone into open beta, meaning anyone running their own web server can now get a free HTTPS certificate. It’s still complicated to implement, but the ‘private by default’ concept is gradually getting easier.
The EFF recommended private messaging tool Signal has released a beta desktop version. Android synch only at the moment, but it’s getting closer to a universal (sorry Windows phone) secure messaging platform.