"In fact, it turns out, there's not all that much to say about Nakomoto other than that he seems like a pretty unassuming guy who'd rather be left alone. If you want to read the story of how the Intrepid Reporter tracked him down, that's all here (spoiler: emails and phone calls!). But the basics are that Nakomoto is a 64-year old former defense contractor with six kids, a rumpled fellow who'd rather be left alone with his elaborate train models and (assumed) piles and piles of Bitcoin money. Honestly, wouldn't you?"
Cool! Another 5* review for my 'Small Business Marketing @ForDummies' book just went up on Amazon today http://t.co/qG51TuO0Kq :o)
Officials reassure populace, "Dr. Who and Strictly Come Dancing will still be available in Scotland" if independent. http://t.co/hVP86RC2Ea
RT @dpontefract: Instead of Inbox Zero, How About Outbox Zero http://t.co/GFTwBK0U55 / Number #1 tip 4 #lawwe #noemail #productivity
"After Snapchat was breached, for example, Wickr, a competitive service that uses secure encryption and does not store customer information on its servers, experienced a 50 percent bump in user sign-ups. It saw a 600 percent jump last week after security researchers began to question the security of WhatsApp. Among those who migrated to Wickr from WhatsApp was Amit Yoran, former cybersecurity czar at the Department of Homeland Security, who said he switched because of the lack of transparency around WhatsApp’s security and privacy policies.
“From the moment we started building Wickr, we assumed we’d be attacked by the most advanced nation-states in the world,” said the Wickr co-founder Nico Sell. “Nowadays, I think every company needs to make that assumption.”"
"Why do we give them our data? For the same reason that prompted the protesters to pull out their phones amid a swirl of tear gas: digital channels are one of the easiest ways we have to talk to one another, and sometimes the only way. There are few things more powerful and rewarding than communicating with another person. It’s not a coincidence that the harshest legal punishment short of the death penalty in modern states is solitary confinement. Humans are social animals; social interaction is at our core.
Yet the more we connect to each other online, the more our actions become visible to governments and corporations. It feels like a loss of independence. But as I stood in Gezi Park, I saw how digital communication had become a form of organization. I saw it enable dissent, discord, and protest.
Resistance and surveillance: The design of today’s digital tools makes the two inseparable. And how to think about this is a real challenge. It’s said that generals always fight the last war. If so, we’re like those generals. Our understanding of the dangers of surveillance is filtered by our thinking about previous threats to our freedoms. But today’s war is different. We’re in a new kind of environment, one that requires a new kind of understanding."
"The instant messenger is still in the early planning stages, but Tor's developers seem to be preparing to turn it around quickly. The messenger will be built on Instantbird, an existing open-source messenger, and development will largely involve adding in Off-the-Record Messaging encryption, making it send its messages over Tor, and stripping it of some automated logging and reporting features. Tor hopes to have its first step of work on the messaging app completed by the end of March, but it doesn't draw a timeline for the project out from there."
Says @ezraklein: It would be a disaster for journalists if academics became good at communicating what they know http://t.co/jUoLru2IXB
"It would be a disaster for our profession [journalists] if academics became good at communicating what they know." http://t.co/g4f7QaCqS4