In the future, kids will look up “privacy” and scratch their heads.

You know, I write about political stuff too much. It’s probably because it’s so much easier to get my blood boiling about people who are actively working to make the world a worse place. That’s low-hanging fruit, a cheap endorphin kick to the head.

What’s much more fun, to me at least, is when I get up in the morning and some weird bit of the future has ensconced itself in our mundane present. So, when I see that malware is being embedded in kitchen appliances, I get a big ol’ grin on my face. Not because this is a good thing, but it was a thing that was theoretically inevitable given the vectors of all the myriad innovations. We knew this would happen, and now we have evidence in the field. It’s not eactly Higgs boson territory, but it’s satisfying to see predictions come true.

On the other side of the coin are the guys fighting to preserve privacy, an increasingly lost cause. True Crypt is a terrific product, and it warms the cockles of my heart to see them engaging in public audits. Transparent, public audits are the best way to make sure your product does what it says it days, that it doesn’t have any built-in back doors, and the encryption is as strong as it needs to be.

On the fringy-er side of things, the good folks of my native Sealand are working with Havenco on a relaunch of their services. This is, at this time, a somewhat less-than-certain proposition, but the prospect of seeing a good Bruce Sterling-esque data haven up and running in my lifetime is thrilling stuff. The fact that they even prompt you for “alias” when signing up make me smile, too.

Of course, all of this is moot if your keyboard has a government-installed keylogger on it, but it’s fun to dream, right?

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