This video illustrates some of the key principles behind "internet security" (actually, dual-key cryptography) using tennis-balls and padlocks. It's does a good job, but it misses out on explaining the hardest -- and most interesting -- concept: private/public key-pairs that have the mathematically provable capability of unscrambling one-another's scrambled messages. I have a long section on this in Little Brother, my forthcoming kids' book about hacking for democracy, and I had to rewrite it more than once to get it right. I'll never forget the moment of satori my editor had when I succeeded in conveying to him the extreme coolth and elegant simplicity of key-pairs over lunch -- then went back to my computer and tried to recapture that in the text.
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched About Face, a new national campaign to end governmental use of facial recognition technology for surveillance at all levels -- city, state and federal.
Back in 2017, EFF, ACLU and ACLU of Massachusetts sued the US government on behalf of 11 travelers whose devices had been subjected to warrantless, suspicionless searches by Customs and Border Protection at the US border.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
Online shopping is going to be through the roof this month, and you’d better believe that hackers know it. If you’re going to invest in a virtual private network, now is the time. Especially when Windscribe VPN is offering its own holiday discount. At their current price point, it’s well worth jumping on the paid […]
Cheap massage chairs are a common Christmas gift, but we’re willing to bet they don’t get a lot of actual use from the people who could really use a massage. We’re talking about people with deep, chronic joint pain or anyone who does a serious workout on a regular basis. For that kind of soreness, […]
The bummers of adulthood are too many to count, but one of our least favorites is the inability to sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of cereal. When you’ve got a long commute ahead, let’s face it: That extra time it takes to pour the milk and chow down is too precious to spare. […]