Loss of Privacy

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Child-tracking wristbands, drug-delivering implants and wearable computing devices are popping up and promising to make our lives better. The question of the effects these new technologies will have on children’s development and society at large remains largely unanswered though.

If a parent tracks their child with a GPS, how will they react when they are a teenager and no longer constantly monitored? RT’s Lindsay France seeks to answer this and other questions by speaking with Shiv Gaglani, editor of Medgadget.


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DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is initially aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful aim.

The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art. For more information, visit the program page.


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A redditor found this article behind a paywall and shared it.

This article has been referenced and recommended by other authors and writers over the pas couple of months. Unfortunately it was behind a paywall and never available to the general public.

That is until I found it linked by small town newspaper in its entirety, which is the link submitted here. I do very much enjoy Proceedings and they do have consistently very high quality articles. I never see the point in spending the money on Janes or anything like that, but Proceedings seems to be worth the price of entry. Hopefully showcasing some of their high quality articles will drive more people to them, and this link here is not detrimental to that.

This article is very interesting as it shows the strategic thinking of the Chinese naval thinkers, and the steps they are taking to dominate the seas. At least those waters around their coasts. I would recommend this article as it is only a few pages but with more than enough content to keep mulling over for a while.

Download (PDF, 468KB)

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The remarkable and tragic story of Aaron Swartz.

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The Trustworthy Technology Conference, live from the Metreon in San Francisco.

In case you don’t have seven hours to watch it all at once, below are the times listed for the various talks.

4:05 – Welcome to TrustyCon – Alex Stamos and Cindy Cohn

15:27 – The Talk I Was Going to Give at RSA – Mikko Hypponen

1:04:20 – The Laws and Ethics of Trustworthy Technology – Christopher Soghoian

1:25:42 – The Laws and Ethics of Trustworthy Technology – Marcia Hofmann

2:04:06 – Joseph Menn interviews Bruce Schneier live

3:53:25 – Securing SecureDrop – Garrett Robinson, Yan Zhu

4:34:00 – New Frontiers in Cryptography – Chris Palmer, Dan Boneh

5:18:45 – Trusted Computing Tech and Government Implants – Steve Weis

6:05:30 – Community Immunity – Jeff Moss

6:32:33 – Redesigning NSA Programs to Protect Privacy – Ed Felten

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