The internet was designed from its very beginnings to be radically decentralized and, therefore, robust to the failure of individual components. A once-distributed system is now being channeled in increasing measure through the infrastructure of a small cadre of cloud service providers.
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I recently wrote an essay reflecting on the reality that nearly anyone with a life online is today subject to being hacked and having anything private become public.
If the media is understandably going to publish newsworthy stuff, regardless of its provenance, and people are going to continue to use email and other communications that leave a record, what should be done?
There are some tactical short term ways to mitigate risk.
Just over a year ago, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University convened a diverse group of security and policy experts from academia, civil society, and the U.S. intelligence community to begin to work through some of the particularly vexing and enduring problems of surveillance and cybersecurity.