Orientations

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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I’ve repeatedly spoken out against “think like an attacker.” Now I’m going to argue from authority. In this long article, “The Obama Doctrine,” the President of the United States says “The degree of tribal division in Libya was greater than our analysts had expected.” So let’s think about that statement and what it means. First,…

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John Masserini has a set of “open letters to security vendors” on Security Current. Everyone involved in product or sales at a security startup should read them. John provides insight into what it’s like to be pitched by too many startups, and provides a level of transparency that’s sadly hard to find. Personally, I learned…

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John Boyd’s ideas have had a deep impact on the world. He created the concept of the OODA Loop, and talked about the importance of speed (“getting inside your opponent’s loop”) and orientation, and how we determine what’s important. A lot of people who know about the work of John Boyd also know that he…

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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. For Lady Ada Day, I wanted to call out the inspiring work of Aleecia McDonald. In a privacy world full of platonic talk of the value of notice and consent, Aleecia did something very simple:…

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