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Director, MIT Media Lab
Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance
Created: Jul 12, 2016 | Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016
Front-line journalists are high-value targets, and their enemies will spare no expense to silence them. Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools. Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device. Because of the precedent set by the US’s “third-party doctrine,” which holds that metadata on such signals enjoys no meaningful legal protection, governments and powerful political institutions are gaining access to comprehensive records of phone emissions unwittingly broadcast by device owners. This leaves journalists, activists, and rights workers in a position of vulnerability. This work aims to give journalists the tools to know when their smart phones are tracking or disclosing their location when the devices are supposed to be in airplane mode. We propose to accomplish this via direct introspection of signals controlling the phone's radio hardware. The introspection engine will be an open source, user-inspectable and field-verifiable module attached to an existing smart phone that makes no assumptions about the trustability of the phone's operating system.
Mercado Central Exchange
Created: May 30, 2016 | Last Updated: May 30, 2016
The Mercado Central Exchange is a public discussion about advice for young professionals who seek to engage in careers that bridge science/ and engineering but also the arts/design/humanities. Such practices are growing internationally, both for individuals and for teams. The discussion takes place on the YASMIN web site and previous posts can be seen at http://yasminlist.blogspot.fr/ . Here it collect posts for public comment.
Created: Apr 26, 2016 | Last Updated: May 08, 2016
Reinventing Bookkeeping and Accounting (In Search of Certainty)
Created: Apr 23, 2016 | Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016
Double-entry bookkeeping was deployed in its modern form in the 1300s. While minor innovations have occurred since then, the fundamental atomic unit of tracking and managing value–our accounting system–is still based on this 700-year-old invention. With today’s computers, networks, and cryptography, we now have the opportunity to create a system of accounting that brings us into the 21st century–a system that looks beyond numbers in ledgers and utilizes machine learning, multiparty computation, and algorithmic representation to redefine “value.” So what’s holding us back?
Created: Mar 16, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016
Why anti-money laundering laws and poorly designed copyright laws are similar and should be revised
Created: Mar 12, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016
Abstract: Intentionally or unintentionally, poorly crafted or outdated laws and technical standards threaten to undermine security, privacy and the viability of our most promising new technologies and networks, such as Bitcoin and Blockchain. We should vigilantly be reviewing and revising laws and standards for the public good and working to prevent the creation of fragile and cumbersome systems designed to comply with these poorly crafted or outdated laws. In this post, I discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention provision, Digital Rights Management, Anti-Money Laundering Law, Know Your Customer Laws and security backdoors.
Created: Feb 11, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016
We propose a kind of Extended Intelligence (EI), understanding intelligence as a fundamentally distributed phenomenon. As we develop increasingly powerful tools to process information and network that processing, aren't we just adding new pieces to the EI that every actor in the network is a part of?