February 14, 2005- Lead session at the RSA Executive Forum at RSA Conference 2005 on "Effecting Legislation, Regulation, and Public Policy."


January 20, 1005- Speak at Sygate's Customer Advisory Council on "Compliance Strategies."


January 2005: Joined the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight Working Group at the Department of Homeland Security.

Secure Flight Working Group

I was asked to serve on the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Authority's (TSA) Secure Flight Privacy/IT Working Group, and I decided to say yes, even though it required both signing an NDA and receiving a Secret security clearance. Secure Flight is the sucessor program to CAPPS II, and is the program that deals with identity-screening on domestic flights.

Free Speech Is Everyone's Right

In a thought-provoking blog posting, Mitch Ratcliffe discusses the ever-relevant topic of journalists and their conflicts of interest. But he goes off the rails briefly when he says: "Bloggers simply haven't had enough time to fuck up as royally as those who have been granted First Amendment protection for a couple centuries."

Apple's Arrogance

  • CNet: Apple suit foreshadows coming products. Apple on Tuesday sued the publisher of Mac enthusiast site Think Secret and other unnamed individuals, alleging that recent postings on the site contain Apple trade secrets, according to court documents seen by CNET The suit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Calif., aims to identify who is leaking the information and to get an injunction preventing further release of trade secrets.
  • EFF on the TCG Best Practice Committee Paper

    In October 2004, Seth Schoen from the EFF published comments on a still-unpublished draft by the TCG Best Practices Committee called "Design, Implementation, and Usage Principles". And although the TCG paper is not publicly available, the 23 pages of EFF comments are well worth reading.I just want to comment on two issues raised by the EFF:


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