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Privacy = Trust

Some teens see privacy as a right, but many more see privacy as a matter of trust. Thus, when parents choose to snoop or lurk or read their online posts, these teens see it as a signal of distrust. -danah boyd (It’s Complicated, page 73) I can remember in 8th grade when my friends’ parents starting […] Continue reading

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Why Do We Want Privacy?

“It’s not about doing something shameful. It’s about doing something private. It’s about your life belonging to you” (Doctorow 57). The idea in Little Brother that made me think the most was the idea of personal privacy and why that is so important. On page 57, Marcus compares a betrayal of personal privacy to a situation where you […] Continue reading

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Let’s Go De-fense! *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*

Certainly the Germans’ overconfidence in the power of Enigma led to their loss in the battle of cryptography in World War II, and my classmates have brought up many other great reasons: how the Allies worked together, a few genius individuals working for the Allies, the American use of Navajo code talkers, human error on […] Continue reading

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The Wartime Gray Zone – Ethics and the Zimmerman Telegram

British Admiral William Hall ultimately made the decision to keep the United States in the dark about the contents of the Zimmerman telegram, but was it ethical? I think the answer depends on whose perspective you view it from. From the perspective of Great Britain and their military efforts, it was the ethical (and right) […] Continue reading

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Freedom of the Press Still Requires Bravery – Taking on the NSA

“How to save the Net: Break up the NSA.” This is a bold statement for a bold article. Bruce Schneier, renowned cryptographer and writer, bravely authored this article for Wired as a part of the “Save the Net” series, “featuring bold solutions to the biggest problems facing the Internet today.” Schneier proposes that the NSA […] Continue reading

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Don’t Overlook the History of Seemingly Simple Things

Cryptography and cryptanalysis are two fields whose progress is intertwined; both make advances to either get an advantage over the other or to compensate for a breakthrough the other has made. As societies have progressed, the need for more complex methods of both encryption and decryption has risen along with the complexity of society. Messages have been […] Continue reading

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