kryptos

In 1988, as a new headquarters for the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was being built in Langley, Virgina, sculptor Jim Sanborn was commissioned to create artwork for the courtyard of the new building. In 1999, a computer scientist named Jim Gillogly announced that he had solved most of the puzzle. There were four distinct […]

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Google Privacy Policy

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google. We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few […]

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Edward Snowden Wins ‘Debate’ With NSA Lawyer

Former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden called in from Moscow via video chat for a conversation with Berkman Fellow Bruce Schneier during a symposium on “Privacy in a Networked World” at Harvard SEAS. (Photo by Scott Eisen, courtesy of Harvard IACS.) At a public event last month, Edward Snowden argued that the NSA has developed […]

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From the Great Minds Think Alike Files: On Big Data Effectiveness

“More data does not necessarily mean better information… Of course, we need organizations like the CIA, the NSA, the NRO and all the rest. Intelligence is a vital component of national security, and can be invaluable in both wartime and peacetime. But it is just one security tool among many, and there are significant costs and […]

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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Small Data

“If this program is not effective it has to end. So far, I’m not convinced by what I’ve seen,” said Senator Patrick Leahy in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 31, according to the New York Times.  In June, I wrote this about the NSA controversy: Most of the discussion around the revelations about the […]

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