A New Hope…

December 24, 2013
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Dave Aitel has graciously allowed us to run his commentaries before – see Hackers May Help Choose The Next US President and Aitel On Cyberwar. Dave is the founder and Chief [Security|technology|executive][1] Officer of Immunity, Inc, and runs the Daily Dave mailing list, where this article was originally published. It is re-published here with his kind permission. So […]

Opportunity is Knocking. Answer the Door.

October 31, 2013
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If you’ve ever thought that you should open the door when opportunity comes knocking? Listen up: it’s pounding on your door. It’s not often that we in the public safety community are approached with an opportunity to hothouse innovation, but this is one of those times. This week the call went out specifically to those […]

Prison Hack Shows More About Shared & Open Data Than Fugitive Hunting

October 19, 2013
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This blog post ran at StreetCred Software.com and is cross-posted here. It is non-commercial. − When the story broke about Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, the two Florida murderers who hacked their way out of jail with forged documents, I had just finished giving a speech on fugitive capture and manhunts that included this observation: “If your fugitive is featured […]

Civic Coding and You – Apply for the Code for America Fellowship

July 29, 2013
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Dave and I have sat in a room – this was recently – watching a college-educated woman at a desk with two computers, and two keyboards. She was typing information from one into the other because the two systems didn’t talk to one another. The data she was moving had to do with dangerous fugitives. […]

Banning Feds From DefCon Is Self Defeating. Here’s Why.

July 11, 2013
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If you’re not familiar with DefCon, the hacker confab that has been meeting in Vegas for more than 20 years, you’re not paying attention to hacking. DefCon (and the accompanying conferences like BlackHat and BSides) makes Vegas the nerdiest place in the universe during July. You don’t want to use an ATM, connect to a […]

Big Ears, Little Ears: One article, three layers of blown secrecy, and how Edward Snowden proves my point

June 18, 2013
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Today’s guest post is from Eric Olson, author of the Digital Water blog and a previous contributor to PLI. Well, I haven’t had much time to write here for quite a while, but the Edward Snowden affair – and more specifically this piece in the Guardian – were such a terrific display of the Digital […]

To Whom the 4th Amendment Doesn’t Apply

June 9, 2013
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Guest blogger Chris Swan contributed this from the UK. Chris is Chief Technology Officer of CohesiveFT, where he focuses on product development and product delivery. After a decade as a Combat Systems Officer in the Royal Navy, Chris moved to the financial services industry where over the last 12 years he was an engineer, architect, […]

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