Dan Geer has a brilliant mind. He is focused on freedom, security and privacy. He is also one of the instrumental figures of the internet and high-tech culture. This speech was presented at Black Hat, an international hacking convention. And it received a standing ovation from all the people trying to preserve privacy and security in the world and on the web.
Video of the speech:Cybersecurity as Realpolitik by Dan Geer presented at Black Hat USA 2014
Text from his site:http://geer.tinho.net/geer.blackhat.6viii14.txt
This speech is a distressing and poignant analysis of the state of technology and policy.
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In nothing else is it more apt to say that our choices
are Freedom, Security, Convenience -- Choose Two.
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This man is one of the visionaries of the internet, and a technologist at heart, and he states the following warning:
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There are no people sadder but wiser about the scale and
scope of the attack surface you get when you connect everything to
everything and give up your prior ability to do without. Until
such people are available, I will busy myself with reducing my
dependence on, and thus my risk exposure to, the digital world even
though that will be mistaken for curmudgeonly nostalgia. Call that
misrepresentation, if you like.