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Bruce Schneier: Spy cameras won’t make us safer

I have long had a beef with the conventional wisdom that recording everyone all the time makes us safer:

There are exceptions, of course, and proponents of cameras can always cherry-pick examples to bolster their argument. These success stories are what convince us; our brains are wired to respond more strongly to anecdotes than to data. But the data are clear: CCTV cameras have minimal value in the fight against crime.

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Bruce Schneier’s TSA Logo Contest

I’ll be in the peanut gallery for this one. The prizes are distinctly Schneier:

Contest ends on February 6th. Winner receives copies of my books, copies of Patrick Smith’s book, an empty 12-ounce bottle labeled “saline” that you can refill and get through any TSA security checkpoint, and a fake boarding pass on any flight for any date.