Monthly Archives: November 2013

EFF: Who’s Naughty & Nice on Encrypting Communications

New infographic from EFF:

And the press release:

Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and Score Five out of Five in Crypto Best Practices

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published a new infographic to illustrate how 18 service providers are encrypting communication. The chart supplements EFF’s popular “Who Has Your Back” series, which evaluates how companies respond to government requests for user information.

Over the last three weeks, EFF surveyed the companies on whether they are now employing or have concrete plans to employ a set of five best practices: Encryption of data center links, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) support, HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) support, forward secrecy and STARTTLS for email encryption.

Four of the companies surveyed-—Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and—-are implementing all of the measures. In addition, six companies-—the aforementioned four, plus Twitter and Yahoo–are taking, or have committed to taking, the critical step of encrypting the connections for their data centers to protect against backdoor access like the NSA’s MUSCULAR program.

“In light of the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs, as well as other threats to network security, it is now more important than ever to deploy strong encryption throughout networks,” EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl said. Like all EFF content, the infographic is available for publication at no cost under the Creative Commons-Attribution License.

For a detailed explanation of the survey, the encryption practices and the chart:

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Workshopping in New York on Friday

I’ve been invited to workshop a draft paper at Fordham on Friday. The series is the Center for Information Law & Policy Faculty Workshop. If you are a friendly NY-area academic and want to come hear a discussion of the current draft of “Regulating Mass Surveillance as Pollution: Learning from Environmental Impact Notices” I gather you are welcome (it’s 12:30 – 2:30) if you RSVP to Joel Reidenberg or N. Cameron Russell. They’ll send you a copy of the paper, warts and all. (I’m not giving their email here so as not to get them sp-m.)

The paper is something of a departure for me, as it’s primarily about surveillance in public places, not online.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. Hearing a very scary talk earlier this year about all the ways in which CUSP plans to collect data about New Yorkers is what first motivated this paper, so it should be an interesting afternoon.

Meanwhile I have two other papers in various stages of production. It’s a busy time.

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Handy Form to See if You are Victim of Adobe Password Hack

From Lastpass. Pass it on.

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Bad Ideas Are Hard to Kill

Shocking story in the Guardian: California was sterilizing its female prisoners as late as 2010 — without, it appears, required authorizations from state officials. (Even the idea that there’s a procedure is troubling given the history of bad eugenics-based thinking in the US.)

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Some Friday Fun

I love it when someone mashes up two things that I like but that people don’t usually connect. There’s someone else out there who gets it! Here’s a video of sci-fi spaceships (and other iconic sci-fi stuff, some silly), to the tune of Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”.

Warning: there are a couple lines in here that might offend sensitive co-workers.

(Spotted via David Brin, Science Fiction round-up: from humorous to inspiring to uplifting.)

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Cory Doctorow and Terry Pratchett interview each other

Benjamin will love this.

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