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A very good long-read on an extremely important Topic for our Digital Future: A human-centric trust model for the Internet of Things (David Maher)

For IoT security to be successful, there needs to be an effective way to reason about how humanity can trust the security, safety, and privacy of this massive transformation of the world. Most importantly, “ordinary people,” whether they are consumers or workers, must be able to safely, reliably, and intuitively interact with vast, complex, interconnected systems of IoT devices. It can be overwhelming to think about all the ways individuals and society can be damaged by the haphazard engineering of systems that merge the physical and digital worlds. Technologists have done a terrible job with security technology so far, yet now we are about to impose those failures onto the physical world on a scale that only ubiquitous, pervasive, even invasive computing and connectivity can accomplish. Continuing the status quo is unsustainable…

via A human-centric trust model for the Internet of Things – O’Reilly Media

Virtual Reality Allows the Most Detailed, Intimate Digital Surveillance Yet (Joshua Kopstein)

“Why do I look like Justin Timberlake?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on stage wearing a virtual reality headset, feigning surprise at an expressive cartoon simulacrum that seemed to perfectly follow his every gesture.

The audience laughed. Zuckerberg was in the middle of what he described as the first live demo inside VR, manipulating his digital avatar to show off the new social features of the Rift headset from Facebook subsidiary Oculus. The venue was an Oculus developer conference convened earlier this fall in San Jose. Moments later, Zuckerberg and two Oculus employees were transported to his glass-enclosed office at Facebook, and then to his infamously sequestered home in Palo Alto…”

Source: Virtual Reality Allows the Most Detailed, Intimate Digital Surveillance Yet

This is one key Point addressed where there is not much coverage about these days: Why messaging bots are a looming security threat (Karissa Bell)

How do you tell a bad bot from a good bot?

Last week, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook revealed the first wave of Bots for Messenger. These automated, interactive programs respond to natural language and allow users to shop, order food, read the news and get personalized weather forecasts — all without leaving the Messenger app.

Separately, messaging app Kik also revealed its bot store, while Slack and Telegram have been experimenting with bots for some time. Microsoft also made a big push for bots at its Build 2016 conference, introducing developer tools for creating bots for Skype and other Microsoft services…

Source: Why messaging bots are a looming security threat

Good Background Read on Internet of Things Security: Why IoT Security Is So Critical (TechCrunch)

Twenty years ago, if you told me my phone could be used to steal the password to my email account or to take a copy of my fingerprint data, I would’ve laughed at you and said you watch too…

Source: Why IoT Security Is So Critical | TechCrunch

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