This month I got to take a trip to Minnesota to visit my inlaws, and ventured out to New York City for the HOPE conference. Still, I managed to get some work done… But first, an announcement: if you’re in Phoenix, please consider coming to Tales from the Cybercrypt: The Global Perspective From Jewish Technology Journalists. I’ll be speaking on this panel, moderated by Alan Zeichick, alongside Howard Cohen and Esther Schindler. Tickets are $18 for professionals and $10 for students. See you there? Meanwhile, please find a roundup of the eight posts I wrote that were published somewhere on the interwebs this month.
- Dark Patterns Are Designed To Trick You (And They’re All Over The Web) (Ars Technica) No, it’s not only you—some user interfaces today intentionally want to confuse and enroll. I took a deep dive into this phenomenon in a post that made BoingBoing and the front page of Hacker News.
- Not All Swastika Tattoos Are The Same (Slate’s Future Tense) I wrote about how algorithmic tattoo identification for law enforcement could have all sorts of scary consequences, drawing on data revealed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Hey, That’s My Story! What To Do When Credit Is Due (The Freelancer) I wrote about the attribution problem in journalism, drawing on some of my own experiences and on North Star Post’s experience with BuzzFeed.
- 5 Types Of Coaches You’ll Meet At The Gym (Unless You’re Lucky, That Is) (Performance Menu, paywall) Another post about crappy coaches. Now that I have an amazing coach, I promise to stop with these.
- Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 1: FSociety’s Opsec Is Lacking (Forbes) Not only does Mr. Robot set the bar for dystopian hacker suspense thrillers, it’s also a great hacking show that’s true to the culture and portrays technology authentically. So I gathered some of the smartest hackers I know in a Semaphor channel to talk about the show. We also discussed other episodes, too:
- Your WhatsApp Chats Are Not Being Deleted, Security Researcher Finds (Forbes) Along with some mitigation strategies…
- Monday Morning Dumpster Dive: Draft Data Sharing Legislation and Saudi Ties to 9/11 I started this podcast with my friend Jimmy Jenkins, who’s a senior producer at KJZZ. We look at Friday news dumps on Monday mornings. Please take a listen, if you haven’t already–it’s about five minutes long.
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