via Brian Barrett, writing at Wired, in which, he presents clearly cogent advice for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), and others regarding Opt-Out user manipulation and the grail of electronic communications: Opt-In, otherwise known as The Preferred Method.
"Letting people opt out of data collection is better than not giving them any choice at all. But for decades, that’s been the extent of the conversation. It gives too many giant tech companies plausible deniability for the rampant hoovering of your personal information and allows them to implicitly blame the victim when they overreach: Don’t get angry at us, you could have opted out this whole time. Here’s a simple suggestion: Let people opt in, instead." - via Brian Barrett, writing at Wired
'Influence operations are elusive to define. The Rand Corp’s definition is as good as any: “the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent.”' - via Bruce Schneier, this time writing for Foreign Policy Magazine
via the inimitable Dan Goodin, Security Editor at Ars Technica, comes this troubling blog post detailing the deep flaws in Bluetooth radio communications. Monikered KNOB (Key Negotiation of Bluetooth), the flaw permits interception of data in transit due to forced utilization of weak encryption. Today's MustRead!
"KNOB doesn't require an attacker to have any previously shared secret material or to observe the pairing process of the targeted devices. The exploit is invisible to Bluetooth apps and the operating systems they run on, making the attack almost impossible to detect without highly specialized equipment." - via Dan Goodin, Security Editor at Ars Technica
via Adrienne Mayor, writing at Foreign Policy Magazine, comes this outstanding piece on Artificial Intelligence, ancient Greece's Pandora lashup of manufactured bits and the astonishing similarity to so-called 'modern world's AI constructs. Today's Must Read.
"With Pandora’s artificial stance and uncanny grin, the Niobid Painter underscores her manufactured origin and the sense of menace that comes with it. Today, artificial intelligence’s box of wonders and horrors has been opened—a possibility already imagined more than 2,500 years ago." - via Adrienne Mayor, writing at Foreign Policy