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January 5, 2012
Liars and Outliers News
The Liars and Outliers webpage is live. On it you can find links to order both paper and e-book copies from a variety of online retailers, and signed copies directly from me. I've also posted the jacket copy, the table of contents, the first chapter, the 15 figures from the book, an image of the full wraparound cover, and all the blurbs for the book.
Last week, I chose 10 winners from the 278 people who entered the drawing for a free galley copy. Those copies have all been mailed, as have copies to potential book reviewers.
Several readers suggested that I auction some copies, and I'm going to do that now. I have two galley copies that I will auction to the two highest bidders. This is a charity auction; the proceeds from one copy will go to EFF and the other to EPIC. Leave bids in the comments below. The auction closes at the end of the day on Wednesday, January 11. (I am deliberately being sloppy about this. I'm happy to let the bidding go if it will raise more money, but eventually I'm going to call things to a close.) So check the comments for the high bidders, and please contribute to these organizations that are doing a lot to keep the Internet -- and the whole information age -- open and free.
EDITED TO ADD (1/5): There's only one auction. The top two bidders will in, and the proceeds will be split between EPIC and EFF. There's no reason to specify an organization in the bidding.
EDITED TO ADD (1/12): The winners are Tom Ehlert and Manasi. Can both of you please contact me.
Posted on January 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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@Deano: brilliant! Obviously, every copy of the e-book should have digitally signed, to prove that the contents have not been tampered with. While I hadn't thought of it, we should expect nothing less from Bruce.
With "liars and outliers", it's probably less of a threat, but if someone would distribute copies of "practical cryptography", with malicious modifications to the algorithms and descriptions, that could be a serious security risk. Instead of actually breaking the algorithm, change the programmers reference to the algorithm, to ensure a wrong and breakable implementation of a crypto algorithm.
January 3, 2012
Episode 272 with Bruce Schneier Thursday night at 6PM ET!
We're starting off 2012 with a special interview. Join us Thursday night at 6PM ET for a discussion with author and cryptographer Bruce Schneier on Episode 272 of PaulDotCom Security Weekly!
Bruce will give us an overview of his soon to be released book entitled Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive. His latest book tackles questions such as "How does society function when you can't trust everyone?" and promises to give a better understanding of the mechanisms of trust in societal relationships.
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