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Archive for February, 2005

iPod Shuffle as a Trusted Device?

Posted: Monday, February 28th, 2005 @ 4:49 pm in Security & Crypto | 3 Comments »

My sister just got me an iPod Shuffle for my birthday, which is really nice. I’m surprised by how light and convenient it is. For all of those people who are worried about using an ipod for working out, this is your solution. But it got me thinking. If this iPod does on-the-fly decryption of […]

Without Due Process…..

Posted: Friday, February 25th, 2005 @ 1:06 pm in Policy | Comments Off

… there can be no freedom. I think it’s important to repeat those words to yourself every now and then: without due process, there can be no freedom. You might think that terrorism requires exceptions to the rule of law. We need to be able to torture, you might think, in the case of a […]

French Cultural Wars

Posted: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 @ 3:40 pm in General | 2 Comments »

The director of France’s National Library is worried that Anglo-Saxon culture will crush France. He squarely blames Google, in an editorial entitled “When Google Challenges Europe.” More specifically, he bemoans Google’s recent deal struck with English-language libraries, whereby Google will index and make freely available online millions of published works. Mr. Jeanneney is right. European […]

When DRM Breaks User Expectations

Posted: Thursday, February 17th, 2005 @ 10:50 am in Security & Crypto | Comments Off

So it seems the Napster “music for rent” DRM scheme has been broken. This is not surprising. Apple’s iTunes was broken with PlayFair a few months after launch. In general, DRM is breakable on any hardware that doesn’t have a trusted computing element to it. And that’s a good thing, but it’s not what I […]

This Weekend at Harvard

Posted: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 @ 4:42 pm in Publications & Press | 1 Comment »

This Saturday, the 12th, I’ll be giving a talk on cryptographic voting and the latest voting standards effort I helped start: Voting System Performance Rating. The real reason you should come, though, is to hear the other speakers, including Ron Rivest. The talk is at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and is […]

Abstinence Education Doesn’t Work

Posted: Tuesday, February 1st, 2005 @ 4:11 pm in Policy | Comments Off

The state of Texas has just discovered that abstinence education doesn’t work. This isn’t surprising to those who have some basic understanding of human biology and psychology (i.e. those who remember their high school sex ed class). But at least now, it’s scientifically established. So the question that presents itself is fairly straight-forward. If abstinence […]