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Bruce Schneier Wants You to Make Software Better

Producing effective code means understanding more than just programming

  • Daniel Dern
  • IEEE Spectrum
  • April 28, 2021

Security technologist Bruce Schneier has a warning: “What you code affects the world now. Gone are the days when programmers could ignore the social context of what they code, when we could say, ‘The users will just figure it all out.’ Today, programs, apps, and algorithms affect society. Facebook’s choices influence democracy. How driverless cars will choose to avoid accidents will affect human lives.”

Schneier should know, because synthesizing and explaining the impact of technology is what he does. “I work at the intersection of security, technology, and people, mostly thinking about security and privacy policy…. I don’t have a single job,” says Schneier. “Instead, I do a portfolio of related things.”…

Review: Liars & Outliers

Bruce Schneier’s new book explores the relationships of trust on which civilization depends

  • Paul Wallich
  • IEEE Spectrum
  • February 1, 2012

Bruce Schneier is a security icon, the cryptological equivalent of action-movie superstar Chuck Norris, able to straighten elliptic curves with his bare hands. Liars & Outliers isn’t the book you’d expect from someone whose portrait adorns posters—nor from the coauthor of several important encryption algorithms (one of them a finalist for the next generation of national encryption standards).

On his blog, Schneier reminds us almost daily that protecting our secrets with a 4096-bit key doesn’t do much good if we have to tape the new pass phrase to our monitors, and that an unforgeable ID card can be a very bad idea if someone can get one by slipping 20 bucks to a file clerk. In …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.