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Schneier on Security: Our Newfound Fear of Risk

Bruce Schneier:

We’re afraid of risk. It’s a normal part of life, but we’re increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So we turn to technology to protect us. The problem is that technological security measures aren’t free. They cost money, of course, but they cost other things as well. They often don’t provide the security they advertise, and — paradoxically — they often increase risk somewhere else. This problem is particularly stark when the risk involves another person: crime, terrorism, and so on. While technology has made us much safer against natural risks like accidents and disease, it works less well against man-made risks.

I kind of just want to quote this entire piece, but I’ll let you head over to Bruce’s place for the rest.

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National Internet ID: Calls for Caution

The Heritage Foundation has many good arguments against the proposed government-controlled Internet IDs. It’s a bad idea, and even perfectly-implemented bad ideas are bad ideas.

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National Opt-Out Day, November 24th

For those wondering, it is the official position of Extra Future that these TSA changes are absurd acts of security theater from a government with no respect for it’s citizens. Opt-Out if you’re flying tomorrow and send them a message.

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Congress To Create Internet Blacklist THIS WEEK

Demand Progress:

Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.

This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you’d expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you’re not allowed to visit. But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill this week — and Senators say they haven’t heard much in the way of objections! That’s why we need you to sign our urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.

Head to the site, sign the petition, spread the message. This is Very Bad.