How to Unpack A Fake News Story

There is a panic-story going through the anti-American swamps of the Left about a provision within the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act, H.R. 6393, that is intended to counter Russian influence operations inside the U.S. I found it posted in a couple of places on social media today. Like most fake news, there is a kernel…

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This Is Not Normal

About the nicest thing you can say about President Trump’s incoming administration is that it is without precedent. But there is another way of looking at it: it is not normal. Normal, you might argue, is a bad thing when people are hurting. In fact, there is enough polling about why people voted for Trump…

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How (Not) to Regulate the Internet

In 2012, famous computer security expert Bruce Schneier worried about the rise of what he called “security feudalism.” This is the process by which users place their trust in a given vendor to safeguard their data and their devices — whether through automatic updates, automatic backups, required two-factor authentication, and so on. Echoing the old…

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Friday’s Internet Outage Is the Future

On Friday, huge swaths of the internet went either offline or was severely throttled through a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on an unprecedented scale. While the information security experts work on forensically examining the attack to fully analyze it, here are a few inchoate thoughts about what this could represent: This is…

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On Cultural Appropriation and Literature

Lionel Shriver gave a provocative speech at the Brisbane Literary Festival, where she raged against the idea of cultural appropriation as essentially destroying literature. Unfortunately, like many white people who are made upset by this discussion, Shriver engages in some straw man slaying, along with more than a bit of tendentiousness, while missing the point of…

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