Interesting article on the reliance from different tech companies on advertisement-related revenue https://www.barrons.com/articles/facebook-and-apple-embody-new-tech-divide-1524273880?mod=rss_barrons_cover_story
There probably is cryptography out there that is good enough for online voting. Problem is, everything else that’s necessary isn’t: software distribution (what election code is running), key distribution (who is entitled to vote) …
Democracies work when there is trust in the elections. If you need a CS + Crypto PhD to understand why something is secure; it’s easy to make people fearful of «election hacking». In contrast, most people have a good understanding of the threat model for paper ballots
iOS 12 comes with great security features. More in the iOS security white paper
Studies found that in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, there is one kilogram of plankton for each six kilograms of plastic, causing fish to starve because they eat the plastic instead of the plankton.
Also, scientists studying the North Atlantic Garbage Patch found a high concentration of microbes capable of digesting plastics for energy.
Great article on plastics in the Ocean https://www.quantamagazine.org/on-waste-plastics-at-sea-maria-luiza-pedrotti-finds-unique-microbial-multitudes-20180913/
"our study has shown that most users are not taking advantage of the main privacy features of Zcash at all"
"consumers are rightly worried just how the data tech companies are collecting about them are being used and abused. Yet Apple seems to be the only major tech company that had the foresight–and the will–to begin tackling these issues before they reached a crisis point." https://www.fastcompany.com/90236195/forget-the-new-iphones-apples-best-product-is-now-privacy
Don't drink from plastic bottles ...
"Beginning at 8 weeks, microplastic fragments and fibers were produced from strips of all three polymers"
Added Mastodon link on my homepage, I guess we're trying this again for a little while :)
Cédric Villani, fields medalist and a brilliant mind I've had the pleasure to work with in the Scientific Advisory mechanism to the European Commission, wrote a very good post on why the French should vote:
Cédric Villani : «S'abstenir, c'est donner la moitié de son vote à Marine Le Pen»
Privacy-Enhancing Identity Federation is a very interesting problem. NIST has a call for collaborators to work on federated identity https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/09/2016-29482/national-cybersecurity-center-of-excellence-nccoe-privacy-enhancing-identity-federation-building
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