USA FREEDOM reform and the Dance of the Mad Bastards*

In my dotage, I’ve come to recognize that the more “patriotic” a law’s name (or, *cringe*, acronym**), the more Orwellian it will be. Viewed in that light, the USA FREEDOM Act was always going to be a terrifying piece of legislation, wasn’t it? It turns out that it absolutely lived up to my expectations, although […]

Snowden@SxSW

Cory Doctorow wrote a useful recap of Edward Snowden’s virtual appearance in Austin, Texas, USA yesterday. For me, one of the best talking points to come out of it is: By crippling encryption standards and insisting on back doors in all software, the NSA has not merely made it possible for the U.S. government to […]