Me on Surveillance
This is a video of me talking about surveillance and privacy, both relating to the NSA and more generally.
EDITED TO ADD (10/13): YouTube link is more reliable.
Posted on October 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM
"You stated that you think everything will naturally move to the cloud; I think that's correct for the rest of the decade, but I think that the long term evolution will be towards complete decentralization of our data with massive peer to peer networks. Our private data that we want to access everywhere will be on a giant, redundant, distributed filesystem, encrypted or not, depending on the content."
Not so sure. The idea of FreedomBox (see here and here), for example, would be to store your private data inside your house inside your FreedomBox hardware, because laws in most countries typically give you better legal protection there, plus optionally would allow you to store some encrypted backups in some friend's FreedomBoxes in their homes. Of course, the idea would also be to enable social networks between friends resp. their FreedomBoxes using a peer-to-peer system, i.e. bypassing the the current CA hierarchy, etc.
By coincidence, I was at the 20th Debian Birthday event this summer, because it was in Switzerland and an ex coworker is a big fan of Debian and attended the debconf13 conference. There I heard the talk about FreedomBox by Bdale Garbee (link to ogv video). Seems like they would want to go all the way with FreedomBox, including in the end using only hardware without NDAs, as he said in the talk.
Incidentally, as he also said, that here had been a forest fire this year in early summer that had started very close to his home and completely destroyed it. Otherwise he would have wanted to go forward with FreedomBox this summer and produce a first software release (for Debian).
Quite obviously, that could be the start of a conspiracy theory, but to me personally, this tells me mainly that the project is maybe really hitting a "nerve" of this time, because it could really have a big impact on the balance of "security through privacy" vs. "security through surveillance".
To me personally, something like FreedomBox feels like something I would like to have in my home.
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
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