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Opsec and personal security: Runa Sandvik and Window Snyder on the Attack Surface Lectures.

Australian predictive policing tool for kids: Digital phrenology vs racialized kids.

A textbook grift: Economics, Final Edition.

Labor and large firms: Lessons from Caterpillar and Hollywood.

The power of procurements: A streamlined way to regulate IoT.

Guatemala's guillotines: Protesters torch the parliament.

Someone Comes to Town part 24: This week on my podcast.

#10yrsago Machine of Death goes Creative Commons

#10yrsago TSA looks at Adam Savage’s junk, misses his two 12″ razor blades

#5yrsago Blankets: New edition of Craig Thompson’s graphic masterpiece…

#5yrsago What’s inside a “Hello Barbie” surveillance toy?…

#5yrsago US cops seized more through asset forfeiture in 2014 than US criminals stole through burglary…

#1yrago Without right to repair, the military can’t fix its own battlefield equipment…

#1yrago Indiana University Provost: The First Amendment says we can’t fire our notorious bigot professor, so here’s what we’re doing instead…

#1yrago Trump pledged that Amazon would be forced to pay its taxes; thanks to his #taxscam, their profits went up and their taxes stayed $0.00…

#1yrago Civil society groups protest the sale of .ORG to a private equity fund and a collection of Republican billionaires

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