JFK Assassinated Weeks After Shifting to Cuba “Accommodation”

There long has been speculation that foreign policy hawks in the US had JFK assassinated for taking a diplomatic approach to Cuba instead of a more militant one. …National Security Archive today posted an audio tape of the President and his national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy, discussing the possibility of a secret meeting in Havana with Castro. The tape, dated only seventeen days before Kennedy was shot in Dallas, records…

January 15, 2020

I’ll be Speaking at RSA Conference 2020: “Breaking Bad AI”

Track/Topic: Machine Learning & Artificial IntelligenceSession Code: MLAI-T12Date: 02/25/2020Time: 3:40 PM – 4:30 PMTitle: Breaking Bad AI: Closing the Gaps Between Data Security and ScienceClassification: Intermediate If you have AI/ML projects and aren’t sure how to validate their safety, this presentation is for you. Don’t let another AI project go forward without security assessments being in the conversation. Abstract: For years the security industry has discussed the leap into cloud…

January 15, 2020

Religious Pompeo Rejects Science: New Faith-Based US Assassination Doctrine?

Please consider the huge significance to the future of science and scientific inquiry in America when you read the latest headlines: Pompeo says ‘we don’t know when, we don’t know where’ Soleimani had planned ‘imminent attacks’ This is what radical “end is neigh” evangelical thinking looks like when shoe-horned into modern concepts of self-defense that usually require leaders to accept scientific realities like clock and compass. I mean any garden-variety…

January 10, 2020

This Day in History: American “Free Men of Color” Defeat British in 1815 Battle of New Orleans

There are many, many versions of the January 8, 1815 Battle of New Orleans. None of them, so far, seem to tell the history in a manner that would be most fair to the participants. Most ignore completely the most important detail: American forces were made of free blacks. Specifically, of the 1,000 Louisiana militia and volunteers in the battle, it was nearly 50% black men. The U.S. Army even…

January 9, 2020

North Carolina Man Convicted for Anti-Muslim Twitter Threats

January 4, 2020

Source: SPLC Hate Map of North Carolina A couple months ago I wrote a post about a U.S. judge who ruled that online hate speech is physical harassment and I optimistically thought this would have an impression on people. More recently a computer science student told me he refused to engineer social media content controls because he thought John Stuart Mill argued for absolutely unlimited speech. I’m not sure where…


Long-Distance Covert Communications Via Drone Sky Painting

January 3, 2020

The concept is simple, like looking at constellations of stars as a form of communication: A drone slowly moves in patterns, acting as a light paintbrush on the night sky. A slow exposure camera records its movements as message(s). This drone flying to its many waypoints would look random to the human eye, yet the camera would be able to reconstruct the message whether it be an image or text….


The Tragedies of AI May Precipitate an Age of Non-Conformity

January 2, 2020

Source: MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege We should worry “boundaries” increasingly set by algorithms will mean people may lose authorization to operate outside the “authenticity” boxes they’re placed in by others; denial of identity freedom may require generating more sophisticated forms of non-conformity. In a couple recent blog posts I point out how an American expansion westward was driven by slavery economics and marked by…


Stanford = Genocide

A search on the Internet for “Stanford genocide” brings up a long list of references. Some initial hits are these, all very promising: However, as you scroll down the list, perhaps the most interesting hit of all is this one: “Naming America’s Own Genocide” “Genocide” is a powerful word, but one whose impact has been diminished through overuse. Madley doesn’t use the word carelessly, even though he’s writing about US…

January 1, 2020

Lessons From a New Norm of Internet Shutdowns

Nearly 60K people in London lost Internet access when their Virgin fiber was ripped out by a crew that didn’t check for authorization before drilling Compare and contrast: First: “I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them” The usual industry and education narrative about cell phones, social media, and digital technology generally is that they build community, foster communication, and increase efficiency,…

December 31, 2019

RSA Conference 2018: Tuesday Keynotes

Keynotes on 30 second delay stream to public RSA Announcements Women in tech Message of diversity Microsoft Announcements Call for a digital Geneva convention (https://twitter.com/BradSmi/status/831553031422386176)– No targeting– Assist private sector– Limit offensive ops– Restrict cyber weapons– Non-proliferation– Report vulns Shipping a secure linux kernel Tech Sector Accord– protect all users and customers everywhere– oppose all cyberattacks on innocent citizens and enterprises– provide tools and info to help community protect self–…

December 30, 2019