A blog I read frequently and recommend, Everything Sysadmin, had a great post before the holidays that makes mockery of the unworkable, power-grabbing, invasive, completely impractical proposals that the FBI and others in law enforcement and government (including Presidential candidates) continue to make.
The last two summers I've had an intern working with me. He got to follow me as I did the day-to-day work of technical support, he assisted with a large documentation project, and he got to listen to me ramble on about about the IT industry, college, and whatever else popped in my head.
I did my best to turn him loose as much as possible, giving him tickets to resolve and assignments to complete -- making myself available for questions or if things go wrong, but not hovering over him and second-guessing his every action. I also provided advice on best practices and general wisdom (I hope) when the opportunity presented itself. Some of what I told him I've collected here, in a series of posts I've inventively titled, "Stuff I Tell my Intern".Read More
"Of course, even if claims of oversight and respect for privacy could be believed, there is one fundamental flaw -- the kind of access they request is impossible. An encryption scheme is either secure, or it isn't; there's no middle ground, no way to design or implement a system that can give law enforcement the access they want while at the same time ensuring the privacy and security of users."Read More