A great, if busy past week that saw me at UC Davis for two days, working with teams of very bright students as part of their <a href="http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/ag-innovation-entrepreneurship-academy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Agricultural Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy</a> [ File that under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Passion</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> ], down at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, attending VRM Day with <a href="http://twitter.com/dsearls" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Doc Searls</a> and the team that makes up <a href="https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/projectvrm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The VRM Project</a> [ Put this one under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> ], engaged with <a href="http://www.mymentor.net">My Mentor</a>, a new start up launching in the UK [ this one goes under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Platforms</strong></span> ] and got invited (and I accepted) to be a <a href="http://bizcatalyst360.com/our-bizprophets/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">featured contributor on BizCatlyst 360</a> [ In case you are wondering ... <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Passion</strong></span> ]
I have just requested a 3.0 version upgrade on my time module, so once that is installed I will endeavor to write individual posts about some of these topics over the next week.
Meanwhile these are the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears last week.
<blockquote>The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged the US authorities to proceed with great caution in the ongoing legal process involving the Apple computer company and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), given its potentially negative ramifications for the human rights of people all over the world.</blockquote>
Much ado about nothing ? To remind you, we all know that you can brute force your iPhone and bypass your password with technology boxes that simply try every single combination until they find the magic combination. <strong>The problem is that the iPhone hacker doesn’t know if 'Erase Data' is enabled.</strong>
<a href="http://macdailynews.com/2016/02/26/apples-cook-is-second-most-favorable-tech-ceo-in-poll-of-registered-voters/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I found this an interesting read.</a> Not for the headline;
Apple’s Cook is second most favorable tech CEO in poll of registered voters
… but rather for some of the comments in the body …
“About four out of 10 respondents (39 percent) said they view the Apple leader favorably. Most of the rest (44 percent) said they hadn’t heard of him or have no opinion.” (love to know the detail of that split.)
“12 percent said they hadn’t heard much about the Apple controversy, and another 12 percent said they’d heard nothing about it.“
“when respondents saw some of Apple’s arguments laid out before them, they grew more likely to support the tech giant’s position in the debate.”
Bottom line – ask people who know nothing about a case what they think and you get the answer you would expect. George Orwell’s Groupthink comes to mind.
Why is Apple a loser? L2 Founder and NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway calls Tim Cook’s concern about consumers’ privacy disingenuous.
I am not going to waste my time rekeying what he said. It’s not worth my time. Its not even worth my time to relisten to what he said. He is wrong. He is not just wrong because I disagree with him, he is wrong because of the massive over simplification he is making about the situation. He also weakens his argument by introduces a totally unconnected piece of crap at the end of the piece (but that is a different story.)
I heard it and was going to ignore it, but then two days later he produced this …
When I post articles like <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2016/02/your-security-not-theirs-yours/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this</a> or <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2016/02/this-is-why-this-argument-is-important/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this</a>, part of me remains so very concerned about the broad understanding of what is at stake that I wonder if it will all happen anyway, simply because of a combination of apathy and not truly understanding what is going on.
<blockquote>Congressman Lieu graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a B.S. in <strong>Computer Science</strong> and an A.B. in <strong>Political Science</strong> and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, where he was <strong>Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal</strong> and received four American Jurisprudence awards.He also served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Tang of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.</blockquote>
… in other words, Congressman Lieu is very well positioned (in congress potentially uniquely) to comment on this attempt by the Feds to infringe on our rights as citizens. (And I know that is not how they are phrasing it … but read on …
Forcing Apple to weaken its encryption system in this one case means the government can force Apple—or any other private sector company—to weaken encryption systems in all future cases. This precedent-setting action will both weaken the privacy of Americans and hurt American businesses. And how can the FBI ensure the software that it is forcing Apple to create won’t fall into the wrong hands? Given the number of cyberbreaches in the federal government—including at the Department of Justice—the FBI cannot guarantee this back door software will not end up in the hands of hackers or other criminals.