Thoughts of an American Centrist

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

New Blog

I've added a new blog to my blog-roll, Schneier on Security. Unlike the rest of his neighbors on the blogroll, Schneier's is not a political blog, but rather the thoughts of one of the most respected experts in the field of computer security. Why, you may ask, has yours truly decided to list a technology blog on the roll of honor? Well, there are two reasons.
  • Firstly, I'm a software engineer by trade, and this stuff catches my eye.
  • Secondly, the world of computer security is becoming increasingly intertwined with political questions.
Identity theft, privacy, NSA vs. EFF concerns, and homeland security all depend on digital security and cryptography. Perhaps the blog is not as natural a fit for this site as some others, but I do believe that an understanding of the underlying issues behind our political discussions are helpful. For example, Shneier's latest post is concerns the state department's plan to insert RFID chips (think EZ-pass) into passports (good idea). He also discusses the Orlando airport's ideas for "validated identity cards," to allow frequent flyers easier access through security checkpoints (for reasons stated in the post, very very bad idea).

Check him out. You may learn something.


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