FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone

For three years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Federal Police owned and operated a commercial encrypted phone app, called AN0M, that was used by organized crime around the world. Of course, the…

What caused the Internet to crash?

There was widespread panic on Tuesday after a major Internet outage knocked dozens of websites offline. Amazon, Reddit and Twitch were all affected, as were the Guardian, the New York Times and the Financial Times.…

Detecting Deepfake Picture Editing

“Markpainting” is a clever technique to watermark photos in such a way that makes it easier to detect ML-based manipulation: An image owner can modify their image in subtle ways which are not themselves very…

Information Flows and Democracy

Henry Farrell and I published a paper on fixing American democracy: “Rechanneling Beliefs: How Information Flows Hinder or Help Democracy.” It’s much easier for democratic stability to break down than most people realize, but this…

How to become a data protection officer

The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires certain organisations to appoint a DPO (data protection officer) to comply with the Regulation.  However, a shortage of DPOs means many organisations appoint staff to act as DPOs without the proper…

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Vulnerabilities in Weapons Systems

“If you think any of these systems are going to work as expected in wartime, you’re fooling yourself.” That was Bruce’s response at a conference hosted by U.S. Transportation Command in 2017, after learning that…