Tag Archives: technology

The Supreme Court’s real technology problem

I spent a lot of the last week shaking my head at the commentary on the Supreme Court and its (lack of) technical expertise. Much of the criticism came in response to the oral arguments in Aereo, and broke down in two areas: it either misunderstood the nature of Supreme Court oral arguments and their […]

Two great pieces on women in tech

There’s recently been a lot of great writing on women and the problem of gender inequality in the tech field. I recommend these three pieces in particular: “Not a Beard” by Mari Huertas, who was a member of Obama’s re-election tech team. In an effort to indicate that the team was more San Francisco than […]

The crypto triple threat club

My written one-to-one communication patterns can be grouped into three major categories: longform, synchronous shortform, and asynchronous shortform. For the most part I use email, IMs, and SMS, respectively, for those purposes. Each of those technologies has its own end-to-end encryption protocol.1 Email has the venerable OpenPGP protocol and the GnuPG suite of programs; IM […]

Bad civic hygiene

Bruce Schneier has a great cautionary quote about technology and its tendency to be subverted: It’s bad civic hygiene to build technologies that could someday be used to facilitate a police state. He’s used the line in a few essays: one about data reuse and the role of the US census in Japanese internment, one […]

Voluntary obsolescence: checking out of the upgrade cycle

This week I purchased a new cell phone. I’ve been using my current phone, an HTC Desire Z (dubbed the G2 by T-Mobile in the US), for a little over a year and it’s time for an upgrade. Or maybe it’s a sidegrade. Instead of buying the newest model on the market (or waiting for […]