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Manual Contact Tracing Has Privacy Issues

This blogpost was first published by me on May 22, 2020, as a series of Tweets on manual contact tracing and privacy risks. Many privacy advocates initally opposed using technology like bluetooth exposure notification applications to fight the spread of COVID-19, arguing instead that manual contact tracing works better; that it is "tried & true" and has none of the privacy concerns that applications raise. Read more about Manual Contact Tracing Has Privacy Issues

Summer Infosec Opportunities and Resources for Students

The COVID-19 epidemic shut down much of the country during the peak time for summer internship hiring. Many students who had already lined up their summer plans have now seen those programs cancelled or postponed. Around the country, high school and college students are back in their childhood bedrooms, looking for something constructive to do this summer -- in a virtual setting, of course. Read more about Summer Infosec Opportunities and Resources for Students

Robot v. Robot: Should AI Fight Fake News?

Tomorrow morning you get an audio message on your cell phone from The International New York Times: “Jerusalem: 1,400,000 New Coronavirus Cases!” Within minutes, there is a city-wide panic. You then scratch your head. “Wait a minute, the last census showed there are only about 931,756 people living in Jerusalem.” Luckily, you find out later in the day that the newspaper was hacked and that the story was created by malicious artificial intelligence (AI). Think this is imaginary? Not quite. Read more about Robot v. Robot: Should AI Fight Fake News?

The EARN IT Act Is Unconstitutional. First Up, the First Amendment.

The disastrous EARN IT Act bill is coming up for a hearing Wednesday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it’s been introduced as Senate bill S. 3398 (though, at this time, still no bill text – see here for that). In advance of that hearing, I have a few thoughts that go beyond my usual angle (encryption) to discuss the bill’s serious constitutional defects. Read more about The EARN IT Act Is Unconstitutional. First Up, the First Amendment.

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