[talk] July 7 NYC*BUG: Why Privacy/Security (usually) Needs Anonymity
george at ceetonetechnology.com
Mon Jul 5 18:41:31 EDT 2021
Why Privacy/Security (usually) Needs Anonymity, George Rosamond
2021-07-07 @ 18:45 EDT - Zoom
IMPORTANT: For Zoom meeting details, email to rsvp AT lists.nycbug.org,
and details will be sent on the day of the meeting. Q&A will be via IRC
on libera.chat, channel #nycbug
In an uncensored and unleashed version of an ISSA Privacy SIG
presentation from June, George will be making a strong declaration
relevant to the times: why privacy and security (usually) need anonymity.
As privacy finally becomes an acceptable and even popular service and
product feature, its sibling anonymity is still carries nefarious
connotations. Privacy advocates onced faced questions like "do you have
something to hide?" Similar retorts are now posed to anonymity advocates.
But creating privacy solutions without anonymity means ignoring a core
aspect of (corporate,nation-state) surveillance: metadata. Knowing who
talked to whom, when did they talk and for how long, makes the actual
content of the communications less relevant in an era of mass surveillance.
Cut down to the basics and unfettered, we'll look at the changing
environment of privacy, relating it to anonymity then approach some of
the basic ingredients necessary for adapting anonymity to technical
And yes, the relevance of BSD Unix will be woven throughout, somehow,
We encourage questions and even wildly incorrect opinions before the
meeting on the talk@ mailing list and on IRC at libera.net #nycbug.
For Zoom meeting details, email to rsvp AT lists.nycbug.org, and details
will be sent on the day of the meeting. Q&A will be via IRC on
libera.chat, channel #nycbug
George Rosamond is a founder and long-time admin@ member of NYC*BUG.
He's the co-founder and CTO of ClearOPS, a privacy and security
A sysadmin by trade with citizenship in BSD Unix land, his area of
interest and expertise lies with privacy enhancing technologies, most
importantly with the Tor Project. He thrives on creating and designing
unorthodox solutions to ordinary problems, but so do most other people
in the *BSD community.
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