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Sarah Granger
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Digital media innovator. Author of The Digital Mystique.
Digital media innovator. Author of The Digital Mystique.

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Ready for a productive new year? Here are my tips for successful goal setting.
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Please help us Save Crypto! We need as many people to sign this White House petition as possible, ASAP.

Here's the overview of why it's important (skip to the bottom if you already understand the tech and/or just want to sign):  If you have a computer, network or software application and there is any entry point, that entry point is a weak link. Every time you add more entry points, you have more weak links where hackers could get in. To protect the data going through those entry points, you encrypt it (jumble up the data so it looks like gibberish on the outside). Users (us / people) have demanded that companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, etc., whose products we use every day, encrypt our data to help protect it. That keeps us safe from hackers. It's essential technology.

Recently, some people in US government law enforcement started advocating for back doors into our technologies so they can get into things like our email to see if there are terrorists having conversations there. They're just trying to do their jobs, but it would be like everyone in the USA giving keys to their house to parts of the government, or creating a secret door that supposedly only the government has keys to access. The digital warrant process is still murky.

As many wonderful, hard working civil servants as we have in government, those people would not be a problem. But it just takes one disgruntled worker to decide to exploit the back doors and sell them to the highest bidder on the black market. Aside from the fact that creating the back door in the first place is a major technical weakness that could possibly, in some cases, be exploited on its own by hackers. In other words, it's a bad idea. It doesn't make us any safer. It actually, in the long run, makes us much less safe.

In effect, what some people in government are asking is for us to allow for our data to be less secure to make their jobs easier right now. It can be complicated and we've fought a similar battle before (just search "Clipper Chip") but we need strong technology to continue to be world leaders. We already have too many hackers penetrating our networks and stealing our data. If we don't tell the government it's a bad idea, they may mandate backdoor technologies that would invite even more hackers.

Criminals and terrorists will find ways to encrypt their data to keep their email from being hacked. Forcing citizens to have unsafe data on the off chance the government might find criminals in our digital homes just invites more criminals. It's the wrong direction to take. Law enforcement can find the information they need in other ways. Protect the people of the United States. Please join EFF, ACLU, OTI, Dropbox and more in signing this petition to keep our data safe.

https://savecrypto.org
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Voting for Evernote as best iOS app for a Webby!
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Comparing new programming languages: Swift, Go & more.
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It seems like once a week I'm sending people to this presentation I made a while back on how to get started blogging... http://www.slideshare.net/sgranger/first-steps-toward-successful-blogging
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Big thanks to Google Fiber for sponsoring the Athena League #VOX event tonight for Global Entrepreneurship Week. We had a great discussion about startups, Silicon Valley, Kansas City, gigabit and more.
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Great idea in theory but how will rockets navigate through all the satellites? More space debris?
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OK Google hive mind... best tips for using Google Inbox? And when will Google add their business email accounts to use it? That's what I need most.
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