Acronym exhaustion aside, IG laws are at the heart of stupid things people do. Here’s one of the simple things I wish were addressed.

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It’s a long journey that the great “we-all” have ahead, but watching Firehose API news trends shows that we may be moving in the right direction. It’s not giving anything away to say that privacy might benefit from the switches big data is making; we’re far from out of the woods and even farther from calculating middle ground or defending with certainty against scammers and big data thieves. But a silver lining does exist.

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The unshakable news story of China killing American spies and informants filled the Cafe with a steady buzz today. Though there is no written rule, the acts, spread over two years some eight years ago, seem to spill into the digital domain by way of precedent; as though they break a ‘gentleman’s’ pact that, once discovered, spies and informants are turned or deceived or made obsolete but not eliminated. We’re being spied on all the time; we spy in ways too. Is there a Rules of Engagement?

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Easy to talk about getting together and publicizing things and griping about things, but what to focus on? Privacy is a White Elephant in the best of times and the definition is a moving target; it’s also intangible and has boundaries that shift from person to person. So, how about we get physical security into the vernacular? It’s a great idea. All high speed connections globally start where Firewalls can play and lead to Information that needs some amount of securing. Let’s take all the mystery out of it.

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Not even the thrill of an inaugural podcast could dampen the professional writing of articles I turned to in this episode to support the underlying theme of Snakebite Cafe – people gotta know. You can know and do nothing or you can know and just do for yourself but the main way to know would be for the news media to wise up and remember that tech life is now human life; it belongs prominently in human interest stories, not stuck in geek corners and treated as pariah behavior.

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