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Violet Blue

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • Engadget
Past:
  • PCWorld
  • ZDNet
  • Medium

Recent articles by Violet:

Here’s how AG Barr is going to get encryption “backdoors”

If you heard the reverberation of a few thousand heads exploding last week, it was the sound of information security professionals reacting to US Attorney Gener... → Read More

How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives

On a Tuesday night in May, Sean Coonce was reading the news in bed when his phone dropped service. He chalked it up to tech being tech and went to sleep. When h... → Read More

Sex, lies, and surveillance: Something's wrong with the war on sex trafficking

Silicon Valley's biggest companies have partnered with a single organization to fight sex trafficking -- one that maintains a data collection pipeline, is partn... → Read More

Hey Alexa: How can we escape surveillance capitalism?

Didn’t your mom ever tell you not to talk to strange robots? → Read More

Christchurch, we need more than digital-security theater

Just after the Christchurch shooting I came across an article explaining how to make your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts block violent videos. How-tos... → Read More

Russia is going to test an internet ‘kill switch’ and its citizens will suffer

Russia is planning to disconnect itself from the global internet in a test sometime between now and April. The country says it is implementing an internal inter... → Read More

How sex censorship killed the internet we love

When was the last time you thought of the internet as a weird and wonderful place? I can feel my anxiety climbing as I try to find current news stories about s... → Read More

So, you got an IoT device for the holidays

IoT devices are at once a grotesquerie for the security- and privacy-conscious, and a delicious, convenient poison. And, chances are pretty good you got one as... → Read More

2018 in cybersecurity: Regrets, we have a few

This was the year security slips, privacy fails and outright stupidity went from bad to surreal. It was a year in which warnings went unheeded and companies los... → Read More

Maria Butina: Cybersecurity charlatan, spy

Russian spy Maria Butina's cover story was her academic interest and expertise in cybersecurity. As cover stories go, this unfortunately wasn't a hard one to pu... → Read More

The internet war on sex is here

During the Great Internet Sex War, that began in the United States during its Facebook Era, people were forced to stockpile their porn. Lube was bought by the d... → Read More

Google’s China search engine drama

The first time many of us heard about China's use of facial recognition on jaywalkers was just this week when a prominent Chinese businesswoman was publicly "na... → Read More

Holiday gift ideas for paranoids

In so many ways, Black Friday is an inescapable evil of cosmic proportions. It is a creeping cloud of want, pulling us resentfully toward deals that we know tem... → Read More

More companies are chipping their workers like pets

The trend of blundering into the void of adopting new tech, damn the consequences, full speed ahead, continues this week. The Telegraph tells us about "a number... → Read More

How Brian Kemp hacked Georgia’s election

"Kemp on Thursday said he had resigned as Georgia's secretary of state," reported Reuters yesterday. No one watching Kemp's malfeasant, multi-year elect... → Read More

Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

Kicking Nazis off tech companies' services is so easy, and such a simple thing to do. It is such a basic act of human decency, a trivial task that would stop Pa... → Read More

With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

In 2015 we laughed at Hacking Team for getting hacked. Their profit-driven facilitation of human rights abuses around the world was somehow barely competent, bu... → Read More

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

It was 2014, around the time when Travis Kalanick referred to Uber as his chick-magnet "Boober" in a GQ article, that I'd realized congestion in San Francisco h... → Read More

Goodbye Google+, you beautiful, squandered opportunity

When Google+ launched in 2011, people were already fed up with Facebook -- and Google was still cool. After Plus' closed invite garnered significant consumer de... → Read More

Facebook’s two-factor ad practices give middle finger to infosec

We've all encountered security questions asking where we went to school, our favorite color or food, our first concert, and the ubiquitous "mother's maiden name... → Read More