Category Archives: Computers

On the Shadow Brokers NSA leaks

The leaks published by The Shadow Brokers (Wikipedia, New York Times) are the perfect example of why we should minimize the sensitive information kept by the government. I posted about this in the context of encryption backdoors two years ago. … Continue reading

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Technology news briefs

There were three events last week that I thought didn’t get enough news coverage: 1. Good news: Proposed restrictions on warrantless electronic device border searches Bills were proposed in the Senate and House to require a probable cause warrant before … Continue reading

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Safari invalid certificate handling sucks

Update 2020-06-03: It’s been a long time since I first posted this. It’s quite possible these problems are all fixed. I haven’t tested—sorry! Update 2017-11-03: Some of these issues have been improved on macOS Safari (I didn’t check iOS). Original … Continue reading

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Dear Government: Please Don’t Muck With Encryption

I was prompted to write this after hearing that the Obama Administration is meeting with the creators of a petition for strong encryption (edit: you can now read the EFF’s thoughts). Over the past year officials of various governments have … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality, Netflix, and Comcast

Net neutrality is weird and complex. It’s been in the news increasingly more over the past few years. Let’s look at an example. Netflix recently started paying Comcast (info, more info) so that Comcast would provide customers with a better … Continue reading

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Should the NSA be allowed to scan our personal email?

It seems pretty likely that the NSA is operating a large-scale system called XKeyscore that captures and scans private Internet communications like email. Yesterday I talked about the constitutionality of such a system. Regardless of whether the NSA is allowed … Continue reading

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Violating the Fourth Amendment

I recently tweeted: “Hey why do @NSACareers and @BarackObama seem to think it’s ok to break the law and access my communications? I find that strange.” That’s a bold assertion, so I’m obliged to explain myself. The Fourth Amendment to … Continue reading

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Four Pidgin Summer of Code students

Pidgin was awarded four students for this year’s Google Summer of Code. It was a difficult process to select just four students from the 34 great applications we received. These are the projects we finally chose: Ankit Vani will be … Continue reading

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