"simply secure"

Help Wanted: a new executive director for Simply Secure, a nonprofit focused on usability in crypto tools

For several years, I've been honored to volunteer on the advisory board of Simply Secure (previously) a nonprofit consultancy that does open research on usability in cryptographic privacy tools and consults with firms to help make their tools more broadly usable and accessible, especially for vulnerable groups who are often left out of consideration when secure tools are being designed. Read the rest

Listen: how to secure software by caring about humans, not security

Scout Brody is executive director of Simply Secure, a nonprofit that works to make security and privacy technologies usable by technologically unsophisticated people by focusing on usability and human factors. Read the rest

We need a new science of measurement to figure out when AI is working and why it fails

Writing on Medium, AI researcher Kate Crawford (previously) and Simply Secure (previously) co-founder Meredith Whittaker make the case for a new scholarly discipline that "measures and assesses the social and economic effects of current AI systems." Read the rest

White House contends with AI's big social challenges, July 7/NYC

Meredith from Simply Secure writes, "Artificial Intelligence is already with us, and the White House and New York University’s Information Law Institute are hosting a major public symposium to face what the social and economic impacts might be. AI Now, happening July 7th in New York City, will address the real world impacts of AI systems in the next next 5-10 years." Read the rest

Technology's "culture of compliance" must be beaten back in the name of justice

In 1989, Canadian activist, engineer and thinker Ursula Franklin gave a series of extraordinary lectures on the politics of technology design and deployment called "The Real World of Technology." Read the rest

Help wanted: Simply Secure is hiring an ops person!

Simply Secure is a nonprofit whose advisory board I volunteer for; they're devoted to making usable, human-centered interfaces to privacy tools that anyone can use, and they're hiring. Read the rest

To improve national security, improve crypto usability

Scout Sinclair Brody (previously) is executive director of Simply Secure, a nonprofit I volunteer for that works on impriving the usability of privacy tools so that normal people can understand and benefit from them. Read the rest

Wanting it badly isn't enough: backdoors and weakened crypto threaten the net

As you know, Apple just said no to the FBI's request for a backdoor in the iPhone, bringing more public attention to the already hot discussion on encryption, civil liberties, and whether “those in authority” should have the ability to see private content and communications -- what's referred to as “exceptional access.”[1]

Watch: how to make security tools for normal humans

Another amazing Shmoocon talk is "Users Are People Too: How to Make Your Tools Not Suck for Humans," presented by two key people from Simply Secure, a nonprofit devoted to improving security tool usability (I am a volunteer advisor to Simply Secure). Read the rest

Save 85% on 50+ Hours of Training with the Cyber Security Bundle in the Boing Boing Store

Whether you want to take your career up a notch or simply secure your computer against hackers, this course bundle is for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about programming or coding, this set of lessons will drop major knowledge on you even if you’re a beginner, ramping up your skills from zero to cyber-hero. The bundle is 85% off right now and considering how many more threats there are every day against our computer security, you’re going to need to arm yourself against hackers by learning their ways.

There are five courses total, all with dozens of hours of content including lectures and interactive content. You’ll get certified as an IT security beginner, learn the fundamentals of virtual private networks, see website hacking techniques in practice, learn to write secure PHP code and finally, become a certified hacker yourself. There’s live video training with plenty of instruction at your own pace so you can learn it all as fast or slow as you want. The lessons come with downloadable working files so you can get hands-on instruction in real-life scenarios.

There are infinite kinds of security attacks out there and with this bundle under your belt, you’ll know exactly how to fight back against any of them. You’ll get a certificate of completion which you can add to your resume for a raise or to get a whole new gig. The bundle is 85% off right now and check out the link below for more details on exactly what you’ll learn. Read the rest

Free usability help for privacy toolmakers

Simply Secure, a nonprofit I volunteer for, is launching a new series of usability programs for organizations, companies and individuals who are making cryptographic/privacy/security tools. Read the rest

It's not enough that Apple and Google are bringing usable crypto to the world

An excellent essay by Penn law prof Jeffrey Vagle describes how the deployment of really easy-to-use, good crypto by Google and Apple is a game-changing shift in the ability of ordinary people to be secure from snooping by crooks, spies (and yes, cops), but how that isn't enough, by a long stretch. Read the rest

Fellowships available in security usability

The Open Technology Fund and Simply Secure are offering fellowships to researchers who seek funding to work on usability in privacy and security technology. Read the rest

Thousands of Americans got sub-broadband ISP service, thanks to telcoms shenanigans

Measurement Lab, an open, independent analysis organization devoted to measuring the quality of Internet connections and detecting censorship, technical faults and network neutrality violations, has released a major new report on how ISPs connect to one another, and it's not pretty. Read the rest

Help wanted: crypto-usability research director & ops manager

Simply Secure, a nonprofit developing usable, free, open interfaces for cryptographic communications tools like OTR, is hiring! Read the rest

Privacy for Normal People

My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can -- and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the mandate to create usable interfaces to cryptographic tools, and to teach crypto developers how to make their tools accessible to non-technical people. Read the rest

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