News articles about me (or with good quotes by me).
My talk at the IETF Vancouver meeting on NSA and surveillance. I’m the first speaker after the administrivia.
Press articles about me and the IETF meeting.
Other video interviews with me.
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM •
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 •
I spoke at TEDxCambridge last month on security and power. Here’s the video.
Posted on October 2, 2013 at 6:46 AM •
Last week, I gave a talk at Google. It’s another talk about power and security, my continually evolving topic-of-the-moment that could very well become my next book. This installment is different than the previous talks and interviews, but not different enough that you should feel the need to watch it if you’ve seen the others.
There are things I got wrong. There are contradictions. There are questions I couldn’t answer. But that’s my process, and I’m okay with doing it semi-publicly. As always, I appreciate comments, criticisms, reading suggestions, and so on.
EDITED TO ADD (6/30): Two commentaries on the talk.
EDITED TO ADD (8/1): To date, 14,000 people have watched the talk.
Posted on June 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM •
Rod Beckstrom gives a talk (video and transcript) about “Mutually Assured Destruction,” “Mutually Assured Disruption,” and “Mutually Assured Dependence.”
Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:24 AM •
Ray Wang makes an important point about trust and our data:
This is the paradox. The companies contending to win our trust to manage our digital identities all seem to have complementary (or competing) business models that breach that trust by selling our data.
…and by turning it over to the government.
The current surveillance state is a result of a government/corporate partnership, and our willingness to give up privacy for convenience.
If the government demanded that we all carry tracking devices 24/7, we would rebel. Yet we all carry cell phones. If the government demanded that we deposit copies of all of our messages to each other with the police, we’d declare their actions unconstitutional. Yet we all use Gmail and Facebook messaging and SMS. If the government demanded that we give them access to all the photographs we take, and that we identify all of the people in them and tag them with locations, we’d refuse. Yet we do exactly that on Flickr and other sites.
Ray Ozzie is right when he said that we got what we asked for when we told the government we were scared and that they should do whatever they wanted to make us feel safer. But we also got what we asked for when we traded our privacy for convenience, trusting these corporations to look out for our best interests.
We’re living in a world of feudal security. And if you watch Game of Thrones, you know that feudalism benefits the powerful—at the expense of the peasants.
Last night, I was on All In with Chris Hayes (parts one and two). One of the things we talked about after the show was over is how technological solutions only work around the margins. That’s not a cause for despair. Think about technological solutions to murder. Yes, they exist—wearing a bullet-proof vest, for example—but they’re not really viable. The way we protect ourselves from murder is through laws. This is how we’re also going to protect our privacy.
EDITED TO ADD (6/18): The Onion nailed it back in 2011.
Posted on June 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM •
In the episode that aired on May 9th, about eight or nine minutes in, there’s a scene with a copy of Applied Cryptography prominently displayed on the coffee table.
This isn’t the first time that my books have appeared on that TV show.
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM •
Pretty good video. Ellen makes fun of the “Internet Password Minder,” which is—if you think about it—only slightly different than Password Safe.
Posted on April 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM •
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.