Google has backtracked on its plan to delete inactive YouTube videos—at least for now. Of course, it could change its mind anytime it wants.
It would be nice if this would get people to think about the vulnerabilities inherent in letting a for-profit monopoly decide what of human creativity is worth saving.
Posted on May 22, 2023 at 7:15 AM •
A mafia fugitive hiding out in the Dominican Republic was arrested when investigators found his YouTube cooking channel and identified him by his distinctive arm tattoos.
Posted on April 1, 2021 at 9:39 AM •
Yesterday at the RSA Conference, I gave a keynote talk about the role of public-interest technologists in cybersecurity. (Video here).
I also hosted a one-day mini-track on the topic. We had six panels, and they were all great. If you missed it live, we have videos:
- How Public Interest Technologists are Changing the World: Matt Mitchell, Tactical Tech; Bruce Schneier, Fellow and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School; and J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Foundation (Moderator). (Video here.)
- Public Interest Tech in Silicon Valley: Mitchell Baker, Chairwoman, Mozilla Corporation; Cindy Cohn, EFF; and Lucy Vasserman, Software Engineer, Google. (Video here.)
- Working in Civil Society: Sarah Aoun, Digital Security Technologist; Peter Eckersley, Partnership on AI; Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation; and John Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab. (Video here.)
- Government Needs You: Travis Moore, TechCongress; Hashim Mteuzi, Senior Manager, Network Talent Initiative, Code for America; Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology, Law and Policy; and Ashkan Soltani, Independent Consultant. (Video here.)
- Changing Academia: Latanya Sweeney, Harvard; Dierdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley; and Danny Weitzner, MIT CSAIL. (Video here.)
- The Future of Public Interest Tech: Bruce Schneier, Fellow and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School; Ben Wizner, ACLU; and Jenny Toomey, Director, Internet Freedom, Ford Foundation (Moderator). (Video here.)
I also conducted eight short video interviews with different people involved in public-interest technology: independent security technologist Sarah Aoun, TechCongress’s Travis Moore, Ford Foundation’s Jenny Toomey, CitizenLab’s John-Scott Railton, Dierdre Mulligan from UC Berkeley, ACLU’s Jon Callas, Matt Mitchell of TacticalTech, and Kelley Misata from Sightline Security.
Here is my blog post about the event. Here’s Ford Foundation’s blog post on why they helped me organize the event.
We got some good press coverage about the event. (Hey MeriTalk: you spelled my name wrong.)
Related: Here’s my longer essay on the need for public-interest technologists in Internet security, and my public-interest technology resources page.
And just so we have all the URLs in one place, here is a page from the RSA Conference website with links to all of the videos.
If you liked this mini-track, please rate it highly on your RSA Conference evaluation form. I’d like to do it again next year.
Posted on March 8, 2019 at 2:24 PM •
James Mickens gave an excellent keynote at the USENIX Security Conference last week, talking about the social aspects of security—racism, sexism, etc.—and the problems with machine learning and the Internet.
Posted on August 20, 2018 at 8:07 AM •
Ross Anderson gave a talk on the history of the Crypto Wars in the UK. I am intimately familiar with the US story, but didn’t know as much about Britain’s version.
Hour-long video. Summary.
Posted on August 29, 2017 at 6:38 AM •
This is my talk at the RSA Conference last month. It’s on regulation and the Internet of Things, along the lines of this essay.
I am slowly meandering around this as a book topic. It hasn’t quite solidified yet.
Posted on March 3, 2017 at 2:06 PM •
Last November, I gave a talk at the TEDMED Conference on health and medical data privacy. The talk is online.
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 1:36 PM •
This Verge article isn’t great, but we are certainly moving into a future where audio and video will be easy to fake, and easier to fake undetectably. This is going to make propaganda easier, with all of the ill effects we’ve already seen turned up to eleven.
I don’t have a good solution for this.
Posted on December 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM •
New Atlas has a great three-part feature on the history of hacking as portrayed in films, including video clips. The 1980s. The 1990s. The 2000s.
Posted on November 4, 2016 at 12:12 PM •
Richard Thieme gave a talk on the psychological impact of doing classified intelligence work. Summary here.
Posted on October 12, 2016 at 6:43 AM •
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.