After Haystack: Speech and Privacy Online
Friday, September 17, 2010
Last week on this show, Evgeny Morozov voiced his concerns about Haystack, software that purported to be a circumvention, encryption and steganography tool for Iranian activists online. The software hadn't been peer-reviewed but that didn't stop the media, including us, from giving it (and its creator) a heap of complimentary, credulous coverage. This week a team of independent security experts finally evaluated Haystack and declared it dangerously flawed, after which Haystack shut down, its chief software developer quit and its board disbanded. One of those software security experts, Jacob Appelbaum, explains what went wrong and what Haystack teaches us about speech and privacy online.
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