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Boycotting #RSAC : Jaws all on the floor over NSA backdoor
 ~ Security wonks put one of those fingers on each hand up.
 May I have your attention, please? Next month's huge RSA security conference is in the spotlight over a growing number of boycotts by high-profile speakers. The conflab, run by EMC's (NYSE:EMC) RSA division is the lightening-rod for disquiet over alleged NSA backdoors inserted into RSA crypto software.

As you may recall, the smell of it is that RSA agreed to the NSA's request to use a default random-number generator that made it easy to crack customers' encrypted data.

In today's #ITBW  for +Computerworld, bloggers repeatedly ask, "He didn't just say what I think he did, did he?"

I repeat, your real, humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. [We're gonna have a problem here -Ed.]
Security wonks put one of those fingers on each hand up.   May I have your attention, please? Next month's huge RSA security conference is in the spotlight over a growing number of boycotts by high-profile speakers. The conflab, run by EMC's (NYSE:EMC) RSA division is the lightening-rod for disquiet over alleged NSA backdoors inserted into RSA crypto software. As you may recall, the smell of it is that RSA agreed to the NSA's request ...
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Frankly, if it were me, I'd cancel the scheduled talk, but announce I was still attending to be present to speak to peers who might not understand the gravity of the situation, who were still attending. If they don't have security eject you, it's that much more a smack at RSA. And if they did, Richi, you in the press corps would have a field day. It's a missed opportunity for direct action. Tant pis. Someone send me so I can A/B test it! :)
 
Ah, see, I'm a bit toward Martin McKeay then. But what would you expect from the founding execdir of Tor. I consider myself dead pragmatic on this sort of thing -- half a century of practice will do that, too.
 
Lol, a salon des refusees? Too bad they've just closed papers, or maybe they'll pick up the boycott papers anyway?
 
I completely understand your position, but I vehemently disagree with those implying that boycotters are doing it for the publicity. That's simply an ugly slur.
 
Oh, that's not my position at all, Richi. I am a political animal for causes -- an ideologue, philosophe, and ethicist, not an egotist. Far more dangerous. I am an anti-obscurantist, and such people strike fear in the souls of the venal and manipulative. There are a lot of illusionists in this shadow play, including Snowden and Greenwald et al -- no one wants to speak plainly, because that's the highest risk. So it's all misdirection and politics.

I started as a nonviolent "child soldier" in the civil rights movement here in the US. I was under surveillance at age 4 in 1963 -- I've seen the COINTELPRO records from the FOIA request. I don't remember a time when my friends and family weren't tangential to something along these lines. Funny to see people stunned. It hasn't made me hate the government, I just work to improve oversight and help the people -- and they've always been there -- in these agencies who are doing good work and trying to clean them up.

It's as old as Suntzu -- usually, intel as much as diplomacy keeps us out of war.

Wars lately have been "follow the money" -- different insertion point on the feedback loop, if you catch my drift.

Privacy is just collateral damage, I'm afraid.

But it's an easier way to wake a sleeping giant than historical lectures regarding Eisenhower's MIC speeches, and W's DNI at BAH being Snowden's boss and all. I think it's more fun than Game of Thrones, but I find most folk glaze over in seconds faced with the real thing. ;)
 
+Shava Nerad in that case, I'm going to stop talking to you: I need to pass through U.S. Immigration soon! ;-)
 
Come visit if you come through Boston. I'm not a person of interest, promise. ;) 
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