On net neutrality and true-speak

On this day and age when everyone strives for individuality, people are less individual as ever.

I believe that technology is neutral. It’s the utilization of the technology by people that makes it good or bad.

A bridge can be used to communicate two countries or to invade one another, dynamite can be used for blowing up enemies in a war or for building a canal.

The internet has the potential to connect people world wide in real time, we can have virtual friendships across the globe, but we don’t talk to our neighbors.

In the Internet you can always find your niche, someone else that thinks or believes  in the same things that you do. But now everyone feels as isolated as ever.

With the revolution on mobile and portable technologies, we have the internet in the palms of our hands, conveniently, and immediately. People are now with their eyes fixed on our little screens, and with headphones isolating them (more!) from the world. We have now portable reality bubbles, where we can see what we want to see, when we want to see it. Imagine a near future with enhanced reality, and with complete virtual reality.

Never the less, without net neutrality, your service provider can choose what you see and how you see the internet. The service providers are the pipes that deliver the content, but that is whatever content we choose, not them. The service providers should not prioritize certain content, neither slow or censor content, according to their priorities.

The service providers cannot become the Ministry of Truth, delivering true-speak and alt-history.

We should be free to access whatever we want over the internet, the good, the bad and the ugly, not the “version” of the internet of someone corporation wants to impose on us.

#NetNeutrality

Happy Canada Day


Lots of work preparing for this day. I have never seen this level of organization for Canada Day. 

Would this be the new normal?

For now just a big thank you to all the hundreds of first responders and public servants that will work all weekend so that everyone has an enjoyable and safe party.

Good luck!

If you threat model includes being spyed upon by a foreign government …

According to James Mickens [and insert some humor here] …

My point is that security people need to get their priorities straight. The “threat model” section of a security paper resembles the script for a telenovela that was written by a paranoid schizophrenic: there are elaborate narratives and grand conspiracy theories, and there are heroes and villains with fantastic (yet oddly constrained) powers that necessitate a grinding battle of emotional and technical attrition.

In the real world, threat models are much simpler. 

Basically, you’re either dealing with Mossad or not-Mossad.

 If your adversary is not-Mossad, then you’ll probably be fine if you pick a good password and don’t respond to emails from ChEaPestPAiNPi11s@virus-basket.biz.ru. 

But if your adversary is the Mossad, YOU’RE GONNA DIE AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.

The Mossad is not intimidated by the fact that you employ https://. If the Mossad wants your data, they’re going to use a drone to replace your cellphone with a piece of uranium that’s shaped like a cellphone, and when you die of tumors filled with tumors, they’re going to hold a press conference and say “It wasn’t us” as they wear t-shirts that say “IT WAS DEFINITELY US,” and then they’re going to buy all of your stuff at your estate sale so that they can directly look at the photos of your vacation instead of reading your insipid emails about them.

In summary, https:// and two dollars will get you a bus ticket to nowhere.

Toilet Water

My daughter, 10, asks:

– Mom, what I am supposed to do with the Toilet Water?

– What?

– Toilet Water … Is a small bottle …

It was a sample of Eau de Toilette.