Hacker Emerson Tan helped stop Ebola’s deadly spread in Sierra Leone. The response to Covid-19 threats have been lackluster, he says, but there’s still time to learn from the past.
In 2000, McGraw wrote the first book on software security, paving the way for an entire industry. With BIML, he’s shifted his attention to a new frontier: machine-learning algorithms.
At Chaos Communication Congress, election security expert J. Alex Halderman describes the United States’ rough yet vital road toward securing its many vulnerable voting systems.
At the Web Summit, CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz shares his sharp perspectives on political-hacking topics ranging from chatbot-seeking AI to security-inept campaign volunteers.
Two leaders of the Human Rights Foundation-backed initiative Flash Drives for Freedom detail why—and how—they flood North Korean markets with entertainment-loaded USB sticks.
Amid global struggles to balance travelers’ privacy with strong border protections, a New Zealand Customs Service representative explains recent updates to its device search policies.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla discusses the importance of preventing (and addressing) system breaches alongside misinformation campaigns. There’s a lot to balance.
Homogenous viewpoints can lead security teams to jump to conclusions or miss key details. Diversity is important. Leading into her keynote at Day of S(h)ecurity, Vijaya Kaza says changes needs to start at the grade level.
To address cyberrisks, former Pennsylvania governor and DHS secretary Tom Ridge says the relationship between the private and public sectors needs to move from punitive to collaborative.
Chaos Communication Congress’ keynote speaker Charlie Stross sits down with The Parallax to discuss what drives dictatorships, space exploration, cryptography—and science fiction itself.
Margot Hirsch, president of the Smart Tech Challenges Association, says it’s a matter of time before Elon Musk-style “market disruption” prevents gun-related tragedies.
The longtime world chess champion and Putin foe, now a human rights activist, says we should be fostering a deepening human-computer partnership rather than trying to fight the inevitable.
The social-networking giant’s chief security officer sounds off on why and how political campaigns should work together to fight attacks on their critical infrastructure and information.
ACLU technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor’s gives his take on Internet privacy costs, responsibilities, and struggles. And he explains why he expects “to get a lot of shit” from colleagues.
Thomas Donnelly, a senior fellow at the National Constitution Center, discusses a series of scholarly papers he’s curating to help people unite behind policy reforms that promote both privacy and security.
Aiden Riley “Caezar” Eller, longtime CTO of Unium, explains how he’s working “to get the home network to be a meeting place for devices to all have an equal level of responsibility.”
Granick, the director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School and recent author of “American Spies,” sounds off on the nature, effectiveness, and justness of U.S. surveillance today.
Oren Falkowitz, author of Pineapple Sparkle, says technology needs to provide for online consumers what seat belts provide for car passengers. And consumers need to appreciate it.
Avast CEO Vince Steckler shares his vision for how the two security software makers will combine efforts while staying separate. Confusion between them, he notes, “doesn’t matter anymore.”
Empower the individual. Keep private information private. Make the complex simple. And detect an intruder in milliseconds. McAfee and hacker Eijah say these ideas are driving their new business.
“No. 1: Fire or massively retrain every employee in the U.S. government responsible for implementing cybersecurity,” advises the software entrepreneur, a former presidential candidate.
Cold War historian James J. Wirtz, dean of international graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, tells The Parallax that Russian officials are great at seeing the big picture.
Communication algorithm researcher Christian Sandvig, who joined the lawsuit against the longtime antihacking law, tells The Parallax that regardless of its outcome, something has to change.
Vince Steckler, CEO of Parallax sponsor Avast, discusses why his company is planning to buy its biggest competitor for $1.3 billion.
Security expert Window Snyder’s new role has her defending website and Web content on a grand scale.
Counterterrorism expert John D. Cohen tells The Parallax that to tackle terrorists’ effective Internet recruitment efforts, we need to first understand the underlying issues.
Pressing for privacy awareness and abuse prevention, Joseph Atick—like Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb—says there is danger in the technology he helped create.
Itzhak “Zuk” Avraham, founder of Zimperium, has been confident that his Israeli colleagues at Cellebrite would successfully help the FBI unlock the iPhone 5C of Syed Farook. Here’s why.
To any software engineer with an imagination, the resulting possibilities are horrifying. A favorable precedent would let the government turn us into unwilling surveillance assistants.
At ShmooCon in D.C., privacy advocate Jessy Irwin sits down with The Parallax to explain why security companies need to better know and communicate with their audiences.
Even in assured defeat, competing in chess against the longstanding top player in the world is a privilege. It is also an experience in learning the value of adaptability.
Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov takes a break from opposing Vladimir Putin’s policies to talk with The Parallax about human rights, government spying, and privacy tools.
Why are U.S. government representatives demanding legal access to coded phone calls and text messages? Federal cybersecurity contractor Jan Filsinger says they lack cyber savvy.
With customers worldwide who would be negatively impacted by weakened encryption, Silicon Valley has an obvious interest in uniting together against a very dumb idea.
Shari Steele has been on the job as the executive director of the anonymizing network Tor for three weeks. She has some big goals for the small organization—including locking down funding.
The documentary, of two filmmakers who traveled to Tibet before the 2008 Olympics, shows how China uses technology to control information and people far beyond its borders.
A new book by Council on Foreign Relations member Micah Zenko explains why organizations still struggle with security vulnerabilities—and how “red teaming” promises a fresh start.
What’s a bigger threat: government surveillance or data collection? The Parallax asks representatives of three prominent groups to explain (or refute) some of consumers’ biggest privacy concerns.
The political establishment and the tech industry aren’t clashing for the first or last time over the government’s proper role in safeguarding privacy and cybersecurity.
From Star Wars to Antarctica, the comic book author and novelist envisions worlds where war, corporate malfeasance, and climate change have run amok. What does his totalitarian Lazarus bode for privacy? The Parallax asks Rucka.
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