• Archive: surveillance

Cypherpunk rising: WikiLeaks, encryption, and the coming surveillance dystopia

Dec 12

The Verge, March 2013

This article, which predates the Edward Snowden affair (ongoing), seems to be getting renewed interest. One thing I would draw your attention to today is the segment that discusses the commercial availability of turnkey systems that can intercept all the communications of a medium sized country. In other words, the next revelation may be about private companies vacuuming up Big Data for their own uses, even without funding from the NSA. This, in fact, is entirely likely to be occurring. Read on…

Homeland Security Follies: Bruce Schneier Interviewed

Oct 21

10 Zen Monkeys, April 2007

According to the sleeve of his latest book, Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security, “in an Uncertain World, Bruce Schneier is the go-to security expert for business leaders and policy makers.” If only the policy makers would listen, we’d be safer, happier and still free.

Other books include Applied Cryptography, described by Wired as “the book the NSA wanted never to be published.”

Beyond Fear deals with security issues ranging from personal safety to national security and terrorism. Schneier is also a frequent contributor toWired magazine, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and many other fine periodicals. He also writes a monthly newsletter, Cryptogram.

I interviewed him on The R.U. Sirius Show.

The Medium is the Message & the Message is Voyeurism

Oct 13

by R.U. Sirius & St. Jude
Wired, January 1994

She’s permed, chubby, hose ‘n’ heels… Mom. She stands up when Phil or Sally Jessey or Oprah aims the microphone. Her voice rises. Her face tumesces. She’s outraged by somebody’s sexual behavior. Oprah’s eyes register $$ – the big score. This is the very essence of daytime talk TV.