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This is what I work on at Google (when I'm not at home debugging a baby).

QUIC is a UDP based transport protocol that's we've been working on for a few years, and it's looking good: it makes your search results load faster, and your YouTube videos play more smoothly, and is always encrypted.

As of April 2015 roughly half of all requests from Chrome to Google are served over QUIC - that includes YouTube which accounts for a substantial chunk of all the world's internet traffic.

Faster, more secure, and the code is freely available in Chromium.
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+Christian Gruber I look forward to the release as an Internet standard.
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Working as intended.

Well... I don't know the goals of the Fiber team - but it's working as I hoped anyway...
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I'm a fan of +Declan McCullagh​'s analysis and reporting over the last few years.

I'm also pretty consistent in my advocacy of strong crypto. I've altered and even reversed many specific philosophical and policy points in the last decade (though not my fundamental values), but on crypto I've been pretty clear for over two decades...

1. the ability to communicate and transact without threat of interception is important to a civil society

2. A backdoor for law enforcement is an attack vector suited for criminal purposes also, since it is a vulnerability designed in. It can be used for national espionage, for corporate espionage, for identify theft and fraud, and any number of other purposes.

3. Law enforcement policy advocates have never shown evidence of cases where they were unable to use existing means to prosecute without special access to encryption keys or any of the other schemes used to provide access... and in the Canadian "lawful access" debate the police associations tried really hard to find such dawes, without success.

As far as I'm concerned, this is, as Declan points out, simply history repeating. We don't need extra snooping powers in our crypto, it doesn't benefit anyone except those with questionable goals, and it makes us less, not more safe from attack.

Note, I didn't even cover issues of police corruption and government overreach. Even without these two additional factors, I don't think the case for weak crypto is sound... these latter make it nearly insane. 
If you've been paying attention to officialdom's recent demands for more Internet surveillance and encryption back doors, you may be experiencing 1990s
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I think enough predation and people can be sold on its value. The NSA leaks and hearing about what Google and others did to plug the holes helps because there are publicly referenceable situations one can refer to when teaching.

For individuals, +Robert Hirsch​, it means using products that encrypt by default, from companies that are known to resist adding backdoor access.

It also means paying a little more attention to signals. When that little Web link shows red, ask why. It also involves users pressuring email and comms companies like Google or yahoo or Microsoft to add the plentiful available tech, and make it easier to use.

But from my advocacy perspective, it means fighting for the very right to encypher one's communications. So the date thing isn't prohibited because of "something something national security terrorist drug-lord pedophiles something" 
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Well played, super-grover... well played...
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Don't lose your head, Ned...
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Obama aims to prove Democrats are just as Orwellian as anyone else

In an act nearly as heinous as the PATRIOT Act, Obama signed an executive order that essentially put cyberattacks in line with terrorism. The problem of course is that cyberattacks are just as nebulously defined as terrorism, allowing them to essentially make up their own definition as they go along and instantly turn anyone into a "cyber-terrorist". The Executive Order even goes so far as to outlaw donating money to fund anyone so designated. In other words, donating to Edward Snowden's support fund is now a crime.

While their stupidity and outright disdain for humanity makes it easy to pick on Republicans, Democrats have been proving capable of some truly insidious behaviour too, but usually without being nearly as blatant about it and often hiding it behind other issues. For example the NDAA renewal or the TPP "trade agreement".
This is why blind party loyalty to any party is, IMO, at best unpatriotic and at worst treasonous. The old saying about power corrupting is true, no matter who has the power. That's why citizen's of any political stripe have a duty to scrutinize, question, and challenge all political leaders on a per issue basis, even the ones they like and voted for.
Summary:A new executive order is said to have made it illegal to donate to Edward Snowden's fund, which didn't go down so well with one good-spirited community.
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Conflict drives innovation. 
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Hahahaha.  +Arthur Brownlee IV, it's like they know us...
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Wish it came here in Canada. 
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+chantelle harpe - Do it!!!
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And there it is...
I desperately wish this sounded more like a joke.
NSA director Michael S Rogers says his agency wants "front doors" to all cryptography used in the USA, so that no one can have secrets it can't spy on -- but what he really means is that he wants t...
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"Experts note that creating such a system would be a technical challenge"? 

So, the slightly less onerous approach is "hard" - so let's just give it all to the government. 

Has nobody heard of how to maintain isolated encryption systems, before? This seems like a trivial hurdle. 
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Today, on behalf of the the Dagger team at Google, I announced the the release of Dagger 2!  It's a year-long project that is in use by several critical apps in Google and I'm happy to be able to share it with the world.  Here's the announcement:

"The Dagger team at Google is pleased to announce the release of Dagger 2.  Dagger 2 is a complete rewrite of the successful dependency injection framework for Java and Android that provides a completely compile-time generated implementation of the entire object graph.  By generating code that is normal, non-reflective Java, Dagger 2 provides a solution that is simple, traceable, performant and designed to maximize developer velocity.

Users of Dagger 1 can find an overview of differences between the two versions in the migration guide [1]. New and existing users will find the most useful information in the API documentation [2].

As we iterate on this new approach to dependency injection, we’re excited to get feedback and evolve the project.  Please contribute to our GitHub project, discuss on our Google Group and ask questions on Stack Overflow."

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Congrats! This is a big milestone!
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Good.  Google Fibre could use some actual competition, to build a market for really awesome broadband.  The current competition is lame and just uses local politics, regulatory privilege, and other crap-tactics to "compete".
Some people in Minneapolis have 10 Gigabit/second Internet speed, 300 times faster than the speed most have. :)  
One small internet service provider is giving Google Fiber a run for its money, but offering connections with ten times as much speed. US Internet, based in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka, a...
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I really doubt they're delivering 10Ge connections. 
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+David Brideau for now. But hey people used to think our phones would never give us head.
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I'm a nerd, gamer, programmer, perpetual student (in the learning sense, not the schooling sense).  I'm an amateur economics geek, sometime agile consultant, sometimes technical consultant. 

Politically I'm an anarchist (the polite, collaborative kind, not the molotov-cocktail throwing caricature), canadian by birth, terran by choice, polyamorous by heart, a big fan of the human species. 

Non-religious, but not antagonistic towards those whose religiosity doesn't attempt to impose itself on others. I was once also a religious scholar, but while the memories are there, the inclination is behind me.  

I'm a huge fan of philosophical inquiry.  I try to test my ideas constantly, and my best friends challenge me in this way.  I'm also a huge fan of distilled spirits, both the consumption and production thereof, aesthetically and technically.  These are not related, though some of the best conversation can be had over a bourbon in a drinking jacket, with good friends, on thoughtful topics. 

... and occasionally I can even be made to shut up.  But you might have to ask. 

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