Pluralistic: Subprime gadgets (29 Mar 2024)

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Pluralistic: Demon-haunted computers are back, baby (17 Jan 2024)

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Pluralistic: Forcing your computer to rat you out (02 August 2023)

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Pluralistic: 28 Jul 2022

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When Automation Becomes Enforcement

What we talk about when we talk about interoperable end-to-end encryption

I was wrong about Snapchat, but I was also kinda right.

When I first encountered the idea of disappearing messages, I was both skeptical and alarmed.

Skeptical because disappearing messages have an obvious defect as a security measure: If I send you a message (or a photo) that I donโ€™t want you to have, I lose. You can remember the contents of the message, or take a screenshot, or use a separate device to photograph your screen. If I donโ€™t trust you with some information, I shouldnโ€™t send you that information.

I was wrong.

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Pluralistic: 05 Dec 2020

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Pluralistic: 07 Mar 2020

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  1. Audio from last night's Canada Reads event in Kelowna: Thanks to Sarah Penton for being such a great interviewer!
  2. Gig economy drivers won't get sick-pay if they have covid-19 symptoms: Your Instacart driver is being incentivized to handle your food through his fever-sweats.
  3. Compromise threatens Intel's chip-within-a-chip: A bug in the Management Engine threatens five years' worth of Intel systems.
  4. The savior of Waterstones will turn every B&N into an indie: James Daunt has opened 60 profitable stores in his career.
  5. This day in history: 2015, 2019
  6. Colophon: Recent publications, current writing projects, upcoming appearances, current reading

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