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Congratulations to the 2016 winners! Dan Geer, Chief Information Security Officer at In-Q-Tel; Lance J. Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor of Computer Science, The George Washington University; Horst Feistel, Cryptographer and Inventor of the United States Data Encryption Standard (DES); Paul Karger, High Assurance Architect, Prolific Writer and Creative Inventor; Butler Lampson, Adjunct Professor at MIT,…

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That’s the subject of a thought-provoking Washington Post article, “In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states,” and 70% of Americans will live in 15 states. “Meaning 30 percent will choose 70 senators. And the 30% will be older, whiter, more rural, more male than the 70 percent.” Of course, as…

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Recently, I was talking to a friend who wasn’t aware that I’m consulting, and so I wanted to share a bit about my new life, consulting! I’m consulting for companies of all sizes and in many sectors. The services I’m providing include threat modeling training, engineering and strategy work, often around risk analysis or product…

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Back in January, I wrote about “The Dope Cycle and the Two Minutes Hate.” In that post, I talked about: Not kidding: even when you know you’re being manipulated into wanting it, you want it. And you are being manipulated, make no mistake. Site designers are working to make your use of their site as…

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I’m excited to see the call for papers for Passwords 2016. There are a few exciting elements. First, passwords are in a category of problems that someone recently called “garbage problems.” They’re smelly, messy, and no one really wants to get their hands dirty on them. Second, they’re important. Despite their very well-known disadvantages, and…

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There is a spectre haunting the internet, the spectre of drama. All the powers of the social media have banded together to not fight it, because drama increases engagement statistics like nothing else: Twitter and Facebook, Gawker and TMZ, BlackLivesMatter and GamerGate, Donald Trump and Donald Trump, the list goes on and on. Where is…

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As we head into summer conference season, drama is as predictable as vulnerabilities. I’m really not fond of either. What I am fond of, (other than Star Wars), as someone who spends a lot of time thinking about models, is the model of the “drama triangle.” First discussed by Stephen Karpman, the triangle has three…

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