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DoD Paper Proposes National Security Through a Culture of Restraint (and Stigma) 310

Posted by timothy
from the shhh-the-fatherland-is-listening dept.
decora writes "An SAIC analyst has written a paper [PDF] calling for the 'stigmatization' of the 'unattractive' types who tend to discuss government secrets in public. The plan, described in the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Security Affairs journal, is to promote self-censorship as a 'civic duty'. Who needs to censor themselves? Amateur enthusiasts who describe satellite orbits, scientists who describe threats to the food supply, graduate students mapping the internet, the Government Accountability Office, which publishes failure reports on the TSA, the US Geologic Survey, which publishes surface water information, newspapers (the New York Times), TV shows, journalism websites, anti-secrecy websites, and even security author Bruce Schneier, to name a few."

Comment: Czech govt. already did (Score 5, Interesting) 188

by jmak (#35388412) Attached to: Germany Builds Encrypted, Identity-Confirmed Email

And it's been a failure, for a number of reasons:

- it cost a fortune to deploy
- one message costs an equivalent of about 1 USD, which means no one uses it except for communicating with the government
- it relies on a proprietary (although free as beer) rather obscure application for Windows, fortunately a non-profit foundation later developed a cross-platform library for accessing the mailbox
- once you register into the system, any official letter you get is automatically considered delivered, so you cannot deny receiving it, that's why any sane lawyer will discourage from getting such an account ever unless you are obligated to

Obviously, because so much money already burnt, the mailbox system is here to stay.

Comment: Re:Recommended or Mandatory? (Score 1) 302

by jmak (#34729158) Attached to: Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard
Actually, the standard more or less reflects the status quo: 1) Devices which do not have USB data connection do not need to use USB for charging. 2) The phone itself does not need to feature USB-micro, it's enough to bundle an adapter to phone's proprietary connector from USB-micro.

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