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Wednesday November 22nd 2017

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Technologies will sometimes fail us

In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquakes and the horrible effects on nuclear power plants, this technology is being reevaluated all over the globe. It is as if we were blind for the potential hazard of positioning nuclear plants in one of the most earthquake prone regions of the world. If we have missed something this obvious, what else have [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 1

"At the risk of being crude, there must be 50 ways to leave your lover," sang Paul Simon in the 1970s. In the following, I will modernise this into 50 ways to steal your password. This is certainly not my area of expertise, but I know enough to be very scared. As the world seems intent on running like crazy towards the wonders of cloud computing [...]

The safetymilitude mindset

We are currently in the middle of a gigantic transformation of Internet use. Basically, social media, smart phones and cloud computing trends are egging each other on, opening up Internet use and aggregating information. Sets of information, personal information, professional information and collaborative information are increasingly connected to [...]

Safetymilitude

A few days ago, the US government announced an increase in the research budget on cyber crime with some 30%. Yesterday, UK foreign Secretary William Hague spoke at the 2011 Munich security conference. http://www.securityconference.de/Hague-William.622.0.html?&L=1 He noted that: -Over 40,000 pieces of sensitive information and [...]

“Two turkeys do not make an eagle”

The convergence between the mobile phone business and the web has created a crisis for long-time market leader Nokia. As the old Symbian system has proved inadequate for the multitasking of smartphones, Nokia has elected to go into a partnership with Microsoft. This has been a controversial move, but seems to make good business sense. Microsoft is [...]

On technological fixes

British architect Cedric Price once joked "Technology is the answer, but what was the question?" Today, this is more thought-provoking than funny. The idea that we tend to solve technical problems with more technology, has never been more applicable than with Internet technology. Furthermore, increasingly, we feel that more technology can solve [...]

Municipalities up in the cloud

Swedish municipality Salem recently announced that they were the country's first municipality to place all of their IT services at Google apps. This surprised me greatly, since it is such a dramatic step with extensive and complicated consequences. Did they really know what they were doing? It didn't sound like it based on the public announcement. [...]

Cloud computing and passwords

A common synonym for password is "access key". And as a key to our property, the password is increasing in importance. This has a lot to do with the current transformation of the Internet from a highway to a hotel. When the civil Internet broke free from the military ARPANET, in the late 1980s, it came into the hands of the US National Science [...]

Do we need a moratorium on Internet access development?

In many countries, insurance on cars and homes are mandatory. This is a swell idea, it is for your own good, protecting the economy of the individual in case there is an accident. However, one could argue that there are great similarities with computers and computer protection. Today, standard computer protection in the form of virus-, spyware- [...]

Zuckerberg’s law of information sharing

What does it really mean to "share information" in the 2010s? In 2008 Facebook innovator Mark Zuckerberg made the prediction that: “I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before. That means that people are using [...]

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