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Yesterday I presented at Data Center World Global Conference 2015 in Las Vegas. If you were in attendance I mentioned a reading list being posted that would provide more background insight on the topic of my presentation: Surveillance, Privacy and the New Congress.
If you weren’t able to attend, here is a summary from Data Center World:
The NSA revelations have forever changed the way the world views privacy. Data center professionals must now take into consideration the reality that businesses and consumers may not trust the privacy and security of Internet transactions, particularly those that take place outside their jurisdiction. In this highly informative session, you will learn: the basic laws that underlay the PRISM matter, and how they do not differ materially from laws in many other countries; changes that may be pending in the U.S. and in trade negotiations that affect how national security issues are treated; how to create strategies to create legal confidence in data sharing across borders; and upcoming Congressional action related to data privacy and security that may affect your business. At the end of this presentation, you will have baseline information sufficient for you to address questions presented by customers, and will receive actionable advice allowing you to effectively understand how privacy and security may be impacted in the next Congress.
You can also download my Data Center World presentation here. If a video becomes available I will update this post with that as well.
Window to debate surveillance policy is closing
Time is running out for a robust Congressional debate on surveillance policy.
Court: NSA Spying May Continue Even If Congress Lets Authority Expire
Will surveillance continue even if Congress fails to act to address the sunset of section 215?
Europe Considers Surveillance Expansion After Deadly Attacks – The Intercept
Will Charlie Hebdo attacks lead to broader EU surveillance statutes?
Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity | New America Archives
Effects that surveillance has had on the digital economy.
NSA Surveillance: A Cost/Benefit Analysis
Are surveillance and its economic effects appropriate for a cost / benefit analysis?
Congratulations are in order to our member Parallels. Parallels Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Solutions is now Odin. Parallels’ virtualization software suite for Mac and mobile devices will continue on as Parallels:
To support a deeper focus into both our consumer and service provider areas, Parallels is becoming two distinct brands: our service provider team is now Odin, while our cross-platform solutions team will continue to use the name Parallels.
Our name might be changing, but the products our partners depend on and the value we bring to them will not. As Odin, we’ll continue to provide the latest technologies and first-class service to our partners, but with a narrowed scope on delivering the solutions that service providers need to succeed in the cloud. By fully and solely focusing on our service provider partners, we’ll be able to accelerate innovation and improve customer service.
You can read more about Parallels’ new lease-on-life as Odin and new products and opportunities thats will come with that branding on Odin’s blog (Formerly the Parallels’ Service Provider blog.)
We’ve Changed Our Name – Parallels Service Provider Business is Now Odin
The debate around encryption and cryptography on the Internet has ebbed and flowed for almost twenty years. The initial debate primarily centered on the export of cryptography and encryption technology, the “Crypto Wars.” In the last three years, the debate has focused on the use of encryption to facilitate the privacy of data. To help understand this debate, and provide additional resources for those attending or missed the World Hosting Days night.Talk: “Banning Encryption, introducing Back-doors, wholesale Monitoring: Does this Improve our Security or is it Bullshit?” You can find more info about that night.TALK here. You can engage the conversation across social networks through #BanningEncryption.
UPDATE: Here are some photos from last night’s event!
I’ve compiled a short list of commentary and articles on encryption.
The Crypto Wars are Over!
Announcement that the crypto wars of the 90’s were over.
Washingtonpost.com: Encryption Special Report
1998 Washington Post description on how encryption works and the policy debates surrounding it.
Americans’ Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden
Study on attitudes towards privacy following the NSA revelations.
Tiny Constables and the Cost of Surveillance: Making Cents Out of United States v. Jones
Discussion of how to view privacy in the age when the expense to government of surveillance is cheap (the Bankston-Soltani Principle.)
Wiretap Report 2013
2013 Wiretap report shows only incidental effects to LEA of encryption.
The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle
Report that US and UK spies compromised SIM cards.
Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won’t hurt national security (+video)
Poll of security and privacy professionals dispute claims that encryption threatens national security.
James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked
FBI Chief Comey takes stand on push toward encryption.
UK Parliament report on privacy and transparency in surveillance.
‘Going Dark’ Versus a ‘Golden Age for Surveillance’
Article from the Center for Democracy and Technology discussing why freely available encryption and cryptography technology is important.