Earlier this month I spent a week at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, talking to people about power, security, technology, and threats (details here). As part of that week, I gave a public talk at Harvard. Because my thoughts are so diffuse and disjoint, I didn’t think I could pull it all together into a coherent talk. Instead, I asked Jonathan Zittrain to interview me on stage. He did, and the results are here: both video and transcript.
Be warned, though. You’re getting a bunch of half-formed raw thoughts, contradictions and all. I appreciate comments, criticisms, reading suggestions, and so on.
Posted on April 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM •
I was a guest on Inventing the Future, for an episode on surveillance technology. The video is here.
Posted on February 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM •
This speech from last December’s 29C3 (29th Chaos Communication Congress) is worth listening to. He talks about what we can do in the face of oppressive power on the Internet. I’m not sure his answers are right, but am glad to hear someone talking about the real problems.
Posted on February 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM •
This interview was conducted last month, at an artificial intelligence conference at Oxford.
Posted on January 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM •
The “Australia’s Security Nightmares: The National Security Short Story Competition” is part of Safeguarding Australia 2012.
To aid the national security community in imagining contemporary threats, the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC) is organising Australia’s Security Nightmares: The National Security Short Story Competition. The competition aims to produce a set of short stories that will contribute to a better conception of possible future threats and help defence, intelligence services, emergency managers, health agencies and other public, private and non-government organisations to be better prepared. The ASRC competition also aims to raise community awareness of national security challenges, and lead to better individual and community resilience.
New, unpublished writers are encouraged to enter the competition.
The first prize is $1000, with the second prize being $500 and third prize being $300.
Entrants need to write a short story with a security scenario as the story plot line or as the essential backdrop. An Australia context to the story is required, and the story needs to be set between today and 2020. While the story is to be fictional, it needs to be grounded in a plausible, coherent and detailed security situation. Rather than just describing on an avalanche of frightening events, writers are encouraged to focus on the consequences and challenges posed by their scenarios, and tease out what the official and public responses would be. Such stories provide more useful insights for those planning to face security threats.
People who have entered my movie–plot contests should take note; that’s real prize money. I’m working on my own submission: it involves al Qaeda, a comet hitting the earth, zombies, and feral pigs.
(And while we’re on the topic, here’s a video of the 100 greatest movie threats. Not movie-plot threats — threats from actual movies.)
Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:23 AM •
This TED talk trots out the usual fear-mongering that technology leads to terrorism. The facts are basically correct, but there are no counterbalancing facts, and the conclusions all one-sided. I’m not impressed with the speaker’s crowdsourcing solution, either. Sure, crowdsourcing is a great tool for a lot of problems, but it’s not the single thing that’s going to protect us from technological crimes.
If I didn’t know better, I would say it was a propaganda video.
Posted on July 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM •
Very funny video exposé of the cyberthreat posed by giving iPads to orangutans. Best part is near the end, when Richard Clarke suddenly realizes that he’s being interviewed about orangutans — and not the Chinese.
Posted on June 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM •
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.