Mandatory HTTPS for everyone

Posted on Thu 25 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with encryption, meta, networking, privacy, security • 2 min read

These days, encryption is more important than ever. You don’t need to look any farther than the national news for reasons why. Even small sites that don’t provide user accounts should consider it. I was reminded of this recently when I came across a post by Jeff Atwood …


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Ars Technica Now Knows Where You’ve Been

Posted on Tue 24 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, privacy • 1 min read

Ars Technica has successfully completed a public records request that allowed them to acquire 4.6 million records from the Oakland Police Department’s automated License Plate Reader (LPR) system. Using their custom built visualization tool, they are able to extrapolate a shocking amount of information about the travel patterns …


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Doctorow on Talking to Children About Surveillance

Posted on Sun 04 May 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with nsa, politics, privacy, security, surveillance • 1 min read

Great article from Cory Doctorow on the conversations he’s had with his six year old daughter about mass surveillance. What’s particularly revealing is which concepts she intuitively grasps from her own experience with technology, and how that aligns with research done on the online habits of children.

Kids …


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Feds to Let Citizens Log In With Yahoo, Google, Paypal Accounts (via OpenID)

Posted on Wed 09 September 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with government, openid, privacy, security • 1 min read

This is an enormous win for OpenID, but it is also a huge risk if anything goes wrong with such a high-profile project. Obviously, it will all depend on the implementation, and if all goes well it will give OpenID the push it needs to increase the number of consumers …


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