April 2021

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There’s an interesting paper by Becky Kazansky, ‘It depends on your threat model’: the anticipatory dimensions of resistance to data-driven surveillance. The author critiques ‘anticipatory data practices’, a collection of techniques that include my own work, as presented to civil society activists. It opens “While many forms of data-driven surveillance are now a ‘fact’ of…

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The U.S. political divide on whether to get the coronavirus vaccine suggests that “maybe there’s been too much finger wagging,” said the head of the National Institutes of Health. “I’ve done some of that; I’m going to try to stop and listen, in fact, to what people’s specific questions are,” NIH Director Francis Collins said…

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If everyone agrees on what we should do, why do we seem incapable of doing it? Alternately, if we are doing what we have been told to do, and have not reduced the risks we face, are we asking people to do the wrong things? Read Mike Tanji’s full article, From Solar Sunrise to Solar…

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There’s a new report out from the UK Government, The UK Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security. One of the elements I want to draw attention to is: The use of IoT devices by perpetrators of domestic abuse is a pressing and deeply concerning problem that is largely hidden from view. Collecting data (and…

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On Monday, the Department of Justice announced that it had cleaned malware (“webshells”) off of hundreds of infected mail systems running Microsoft Exchange. Microsoft has been trying to get folks to apply critical security patches to address a problem that’s being actively exploited. A few minutes ago, I posted a screencapture of Microsoft’s autoupdater going…

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I get this question a lot: Can distributed/remote training work as well as in person? Especially for threat modeling, where there’s a strong expectation that training involves whiteboards. (I remember one course in particular, about 15 minutes in, the buyer said: “Let’s get to the whiteboards already!”) And there’s no doubt: people learn by doing.…

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For Passover, we made a lamb and bitter greens pizza. Now, you may be saying to yourself that that’s wrong, but allow me to explain. A few years ago, Seattle Food Geek wrote about a No-Yeast, No-Rise, Champagne Pizza Dough. It makes use of an encapsulated leavener called WRISE. I had a sample of the…

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