Term Paper §
I wrote a 26-page paper titled The US Government, Encryption, and the Perennial Crypto Wars for this class. Here’s the abstract:
From its origins in government research labs, modern encryption has come a long way. Not only does it allow governments and companies to protect their secrets, but it also allows individuals to browse and communicate free from the fear of being snooped on, facilitating freedom of expression and privacy. Over the past few decades, however, the US government has been trying to control and restrict access to encryption, citing—primarily—concerns around counter-terrorism, criminal investigations, and exploitation of children. This paper explores the history of such attempts, focusing on their motivation, scope, and impact. We shall find that they share similar flaws, including a lack of transparency, neglect of the civil liberties afforded by encryption, and a disregard for the opinions of security experts.
Tor and the Dark Web §
Doesn’t Tor enable criminals to do bad things?
[…] So yes, criminals can use Tor, but they already have better options, and it seems unlikely that taking Tor away from the world will stop them from doing their bad things. At the same time, Tor and other privacy measures can fight identity theft, physical crimes like stalking and so on.
The Silk Road: 2011–2013. $100M in business.
Ross “DPR” Ulbricht. Agorism.
- money laundering
- computer hacking
- conspiracy to traffic narcotics
- attempting to have six people killed
motion to suppress evidence (4th amendment). appeal denied.
Tesla Autopilor deaths §
- Jan 2016, driver killed in China
- May 2016, driver killed in Florida, US
- 2021, driver killed in Texas, US
Pedestrian death in March 2018. Elaine Herzberg killed by Uber driverless car in Arizona.
- Not in crosswalk, pushing bicycle at around 10 PM. Inebriated.
- 2017 Volvo XC90 SUV.
- Vehicle going at 43 mph.
Safety driver didn’t react in time
Looking down instead of out the windshield
Technology didn’t detect person in time
When the person was detected, they were first classified as unknown object, then as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle.
Technology didn’t respond to detection of person in time
After detection, it didn’t respond for over four seconds. The car’s emergency braking system was disabled by Uber for the test.
The probable cause of the crash […] was the failure of the vehicle operator to monitor the driving environment and the operation of the automated driving system
[Uber’s] inadequate safety risk assessment procedures, ineffective oversight of vehicle operators, and lack of adequate mechanisms for addressing operators’ automation complacency.