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Another related link: The "STRINT" workshop that I was talking about at the beginning of the discussion: - worth a read through of some of the contributions there.
Daniel Appelquist, who describes himself as an "open web advocate", joins us to talk about TLS on the web: some good reasons for using it and the common objections to it. As someone with a very wide experience in IP and network communications, a session with Dan and our VUC regulars should be excellent! Dan is also a co-chair of the W3C Technical Architecture Group (W3C TAG). The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered (under the...
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Watch me - LIVE - talking about the rise of encryption on the web-n-stuff this Friday. CF the slides I presented at last week's London Web Standards event:
Daniel Appelquist, who describes himself as an "open web advocate", joins us to talk about HTTPS on the web: some good reasons for using it and the common objections to it. As someone with a very wide experience in IP and network communications, a session with Dan and our VUC regulars should be excellent!

Dan is also a co-chair of the W3C Technical Architecture Group (W3C TAG). The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered (under the W3C Process Document) with stewardship of the Web 

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+Dan York was kind enough to place links in the comments of the event.
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#HTML5  goes to "Rec." Definitely worth celebrating. But also, Web Standards are messy. This CNET article by +Stephen Shankland really does a good job of peeling that back. Bonus points for featuring a #w3cmeme .

The World Wide Web Consortium finishes an update to this seminal Internet technology, but with two organizations in charge of the same Web standard, charting the Web's future is a mess.
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Fantastic talk full of rich detail from  of GDS. I love the focus on user research. #userresearch   #frontenddevelopment   #webdesign           
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Ever wanted to learn how #FirefoxOS  works? Interest in #hacking  the source code? Want to be come a Firefox OS contributor? We're going to be holding a Firefox OS Bug Squash party at Mozilla's London offices on the weekend of November 1st. For more details and to register, visit the meetup page here:
Firefox OS Bug Squash Party!
Sat, November 1, 2014, 10:00 AM GMT

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Web developer in the Bay Area? Interested in the future of the web platform? Join us in San Francisco on April 20th for the Extensible Web Summit - a one-day unconference about the web platform and emerging web standards. Learn, discuss, feed back and help evolve the web.
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Our March #FirefoxOS meet-up will be the week after Mobile World Congress and we're going to focus on new platform features, announcements from MWC and the commercial info on the continuing Firefox OS roll-out: OEMs, handsets, markets, operators, and routes to market for developers. We'll also have some lightning talks from developers and demos. Speakers to include Simon Callan from Telefónica and +Francisco Jordano from. We'll also feature some lightning talks from developers and at least one cool demo. Sign-up on our meet-up page to attend:
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Keybase: Reinventing PGP For the 21st Century?

Let's face it, PGP is pretty old school. It's like pocket-protechor old-school. I've personally taken several runs at trying to get PGP up and running. The problem has always been: once I get PGP working, there's nobody to send encrypted email to. PGP just has never had enough scale to get even close to mainstream. Enter keybase, which is trying to revolutionize the way people use and think about PGP with a friendly web site and integration into services such as Twitter, reddit and github. I finally cajoled an invite out of a friend today and have been giving it a whirl.

My first impression is that Keybase does not entirely solve the problem of making public-key encrypted email work better. For one: if you want to incorporate PGP email into Apple Mail, you still have to download and install GPG tools, and the command line keybase tools (which require Node and NPM). And though there is some integration between the GPG tools and the Keybase tools, it's fiddly and requires lots of command line usage (e.g. to make sure people you "track" on the Keybase web site also have their public keys imported into your GPG keychain so you can send them encrypted emails from within Apple Mail. AND you have to use GPG tools to manually add additional email addresses into your key, if you generated the key with Keybase. So that's a pretty high bar if you want seamless PGP email from the desktop. I haven't even tried to get it running on any of my mobile devices yet - which will definitely mean moving to a new email client (or just not being able to access encrypted emails on mobile, which is not ideal). There's a lot of work going on to remedy these issues if the github issue threads are any indication.

What Keybase does allow you to verify PGP signatures without physically validating fingerprints in person, though proofs you add to your social networks.

Anyway, I now have some keybase invites. If you would like one, please message me in some way and have a look yourself.

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So the UK government seems to have launched a new public awareness campaign dubbed #cyberstreetwise  (evidenced by posters in the Tube I spotted this weekend). The campaign's web site is : Bonus points for a https URL. Negative points for choosing a ".com" domain instead of a more appropriate "" or even ".uk" domain.

So first of all, I was confused initially about who was supporting it. The logos at the bottom left panel include HM Government but also the more recognizable Facebook and Twitter logos (without explanation) which seems (to me) to mean "this is being sponsored by the government, Twitter and Facebook" or possibly "this is a government initiative with sponsorship provided by Twitter and Facebook." In fact, reading the web site, it appears that neither Twitter nor Facebook have any formal role, so the presence of their logos is somewhat mystifying.  I Suppose they just mean "we are on Twitter and Facebook" but honestly, these days who isn't?

But putting this to the side for a second, I really don't know what to make of this campaign. On the one hand, it's exactly the kind of public awareness campaign thatI feel is needed. People need to start getting more aware of the the web basics, especially around privacy, e-safety, scams. use of strong passwords, installation of updates and use of security software. So yes. Great. But the information provided doesn't seem to cover a lot of the key basics that I would think need to be covered. For example, under "privacy" i find no mention of private browsing modes or when you might want to use them, and no discussion of tracking on the web. Under "keeping your child safe online" I see "Parental controls are available through your internet provider." but no mention of Apple's built in parental controls. More importantly, the text on this screen looks like a placeholder. As I'm leafing through their site, I'm asking "where is the actual content?" It feels like this could be a good use for wizards or possibly a cartoon. Also this campaign seems to be aimed both at businesses and families, and those are two different groups with different needs - so that's weird. Finally some of the advice is a little questionable. For example: always download updates. Yes, but: sometimes phishing scams can masquerade as software updates as a vector to get malware into your computer. I know that's a difficult message to package into a Tube advert, but it feels like the messaging could be better thought through. "Sign up to security software provided by your bank, such as Trusteer Rapport." No. No, no, no. Judging from my experience with the software my own bank was trying to push me, I don't think this is good advice - at all. Rather, how about educating people about how they can click on the padlock icon in their browser to verify the provenance of that certificate.

So I haven't done a rigorous analysis of the whole campaign, but I'm of two minds about what I've seen so far. On the one hand: yes, it's needed and yes, some good info. On the other hand some of the info provided makes me suspicious about its provenance and whether or not it has all been fact-checked by actual domain experts.

What do you think? /cc +Hadley Beeman +Terence Eden +Kevin Prince +Jeni Tennison  #blogthis  
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We will be introducing the new features of #FirefoxOS  2.0, giving an overview of new developments and how the project is going, as well as seeing some cool demos. I'll also be giving a run-down of emerging #webstandards  in the mobile space, hot off the press. Visit the meet-up page here for more details and to register.

[Updated: fixed this G+ event to show the correct date - the 13th of November.]
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wish I was in the EU so I could attend, sounds like it will be really useful
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    Open Web Advocate, 2013 - present
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    Head of Product Management, BlueVia, 2011 - 2013
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