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Amazon Alexa

IoT is a huge topic and one that is hugely relevant for all computing students I feel. There is a tremendous number of data points generated and a scary level of security in general – so very many loopholes! ECHO UTILITY “The Gartner Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies“ was covered in detail yesterday so I […]

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Snowden & Metadata + “”””””

Here are some random key quotes from Snowden’s new book that are of particular interest. On metadata : metadata is data about data ….. …communication(s) is rarely as revealing as its other elements—the unwritten, unspoken information that can expose the broader context and patterns of behaviour. He means to say the real evil of the […]

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PROTONMAIL & BITWARDEN

Inspired and educated by this weeks studies and my continued reading of Edward Snowdens autobiography I’ve signed up for some very cryptographically secure services for email and password management. PROTONMAIL I’d come across this as an alternative to Gmail (which scans every message, is very insecure and targets you with adverts) but its only now […]

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SOCIAL ENGINEERING

Defined as: (in the context of information security) the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes. From https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/social_engineering Coincidentally I listened to a podcast at the weekend with Tristan Harris. Formerly Design Ethicist at Google, Tristan is a world-renowned expert on how technology […]

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Aldous Huxley & Facebook

A brilliant piece of commentary I came across while researching privacy: (link to article here in FT) One particular area of Huxley’s prescience concerned the importance of data. He saw the information revolution coming — in the form of gigantic card-indexes, true, but he got the gist. It is amusing to see how many features […]

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*panopticon

Naval coincidentally tweeted about the very topic that has now taken over my focus as we began researching and writing about information security at uni this week. I’ve been diving deep on Snowden lately (blog link), all with the angle of – is he paranoid or simply not naiive? So are the security agencies overstepping […]