Monthly Archives: March 2014

Newsletter launch: 5 Useful Articles

I’ve launched a new weekly newsletter on copyright, trademark, and patent policy with my friend Sarah Jeong. It’s called 5 Useful Articles, which is a pun. We announced the newsletter Monday and sent out the first issue on Thursday to some 150 people. We’ve had new subscribers since then without much more promotion, so maybe […]

The Ulysses piracy case and “Innocence of Muslims”

I’ve just finished reading Robert Spoo’s book “Without Copyrights,” an academic look at the history of American publishing in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when American copyright first did not apply at all to works first published abroad, and later applied only with strict manufacturing and notice requirements. The first half of the book […]

Guide to security guides

Here are some resources I’ve found very useful for getting through the many communication options that are presented as secure. “The State of Mobile, Cross-Platform, Encrypted Messaging” – This is all about mobile apps for end-to-end crypto. My money’s on TextSecure once it’s out for iPhone. Since the major version upgrade it’s been one of […]

Bitcoin masks for Satoshi Nakamoto cosplay

Inspired by the cover of Newsweek’s now notorious return to print, I made a couple of bitcoin masks for mysterious Satoshi cosplay. In case it’s not obvious, that’s the bitcoin B on its side—a great look. We actually made more than one mask. I think I like the one above, opera-glasses style, but there’s a […]

Our encryption tools must be free software, not just open source

In order to serve its purpose at all, encryption and secure communications software has to be single-mindedly dedicated to protecting and promoting its user’s interest. In the real world, that dedication can be subverted in a handful of ways. Broadly speaking, these failures can come from with technical problems, or from the developer’s interest being […]