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  1. Wisdom Growing Out of Samadhi - Tempel Smith

    Finding and Ordering Talks

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  2. 215. Kim Stanley Robinson (a.k.a. The Ethnographer) — Shaman (An Interview) | The Skiffy and Fanty Show

    Prehistoric man, Shamans, and anthropological wonders, oh my!  Paul has his dreams fulfilled in this special interview with the legendary Kim Stanley Robinson.  We discuss his book, Shaman (now out in paperback), his Three Californias trilogy, the changing political landscape, the expository nature of genre, and much more! We hope you enjoy the episode! Note:  If you have…

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  3. The State of Incident Response by Bruce Schneier - YouTube

    The last of the protection-detection-response triad to get any real attention, incident response is big business these days. I plan on stepping back and look…

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  4. Cybersecurity as Realpolitik by Dan Geer presented at Black Hat USA 2014 - YouTube

    Power exists to be used. Some wish for cyber safety, which they will not get. Others wish for cyber order, which they will not get. Some have the eye to disc…

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  5. Anne Neuberger: Inside the NSA - The Long Now

    The NSA reaches out

    Of her eight great-grandparents, seven were murdered at Auschwitz.

    “So my family’s history burned into me a fear of what occurs when the power of a state is turned against its people or other people.”

    Seeking freedom from threats like that brought her parents from Hungary to America.

    By 1976 they had saved up to take their first flight abroad.

    Their return flight from Tel Aviv was high-jacked by terrorists and landed at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

    Non-Jewish passengers were released and the rest held hostage.

    The night before the terrorists were to begin shooting the hostages, a raid by Israeli commandos saved most of the passengers.

    Anne Neuberger was just a baby in 1976.

    “My life would have looked very different had a military operation not brought my parents home. It gives me a perspective on the threats of organized terror and the role of intelligence and counterterrorism.”

    When she later entered government service, she sought out intelligence, where she is now the principal advisor to the Director for managing NSA’s work with the private sector.

    The NSA, Neuberger said, has suffered a particularly “long and challenging year” dealing with the public loss of trust following the Snowden revelations.

    The agency is reviewing all of its activities to determine how to regain that trust.

    One change is more open engagement with the public.

    “This presentation is a starting point."

    “My family history,” she said, "instilled in me almost parallel value systems – fear of potential for overreach by government, and belief that sometimes only government, with its military and intelligence, can keep civilians safe. Those tensions shape the way I approach my work each day.

    I fully believe that the two seemingly contradictory factors can be held in balance.

    And with your help I think we can define a future where they are.”

    The National Security Agency, she pointed out, actively fosters the growth of valuable new communication and computing technology and at the same time “needs the ability to detect, hopefully deter, and if necessary disable lethal threats.”

    To maintain those abilities over decades and foster a new social contract with the public, Neuberger suggested contemplating 5 tensions, 3 scenarios, and 3 challenges.

    The tensions are…

    1) Cyber Interdependencies (our growing digital infrastructure is both essential and vulnerable); 2) Intelligence Legitimacy Paradox (to regain trust, the NSA needs publicly understood powers to protect and checks on that power); 3) Talent Leverage (“the current surveillance debates have cast NSA in a horrible light, which will further hamper our recruiting efforts”); 4) Personal Data Norms (the growing Internet-of-things—Target was attacked through its air-conditioning network—opens vast new opportunities for tracking individual behavior by the private as well as public sector); 5) Evolving Internet Governance (the so-far relatively free and unpoliticized Internet could devolve into competing national nets).

    Some thirty-year scenarios… 1) Intelligence Debilitated (with no new social contract of trust and thus the loss of new talent, the government cannot keep up with advancing technology and loses the ability to manage its hazards); 2) Withering Nation (privacy obsession hampers commercial activity and government oversight, and nations develop their own conflicting Internets); 3) Intelligent America (new social contract with agreed privacy norms and ongoing security assurance).

    Initiatives under way from NSA…

    1) Rebuild US Trust (move on from “quiet professionals” stance and actively engage the public); 2) Rebuild Foreign Trust (“extend privacy protections previously limited to US citizens to individuals overseas”); 3) Embrace Collective Oversight (reform bulk collection programs in response to the President’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board).

    As technology keeps advancing rapidly, the US needs to stay at the forefront in terms of inventing the leading technical tools to provide public services and maintain public security, plus the policy tools to balance civil liberties with protection against ever-evolving threats.

    “My call to action for everyone in this audience is get our innovative minds focussed on the full set of problems.”

    A flood of QUESTION CARDS came to the stage, only a few of which we could deal with live.

    Anne Neuberger wanted to take all the questions with her to share with NSA colleagues, so Laura Welcher at Long Now typed them up.

    I figure that since the questioners wanted their questions aired on the stage to the live and video audience, they would like to have them aired here as well.

    And it would be in keeping with the NSA’s new openness to public discourse.

    Ms. Neuberger agreed…

    I have a general (unfocused) question about transparency – which

    hasn’t been mentioned thus far.

    What is the NSA’s rationale around

    hiding its activities from the American people?

    What can you tell us

    about the issue of transparency going forward?

    What are the key questions NSA is discussing following the Snowden


    And what is the NSA doing to address these issues?

    Germany is very, very upset.

    What could we have done, and what should

    we do in the future, to fulfill our many responsibilities while also

    respecting our most valuable international relationships?

    How can we work toward a new social contract when the intelligence

    agency directors repeatedly lie to the Congress and to the public?

    Is it true you can still find one-star generals playing Magic the

    Gathering in the NSA canteen during lunch hour?

    The failures of 9-11 were not technical failures, but failures of

    individuals and organizations to work together toward a common goal.


    concrete steps can you describe in the intelligence community

    that have been taken to remedy this?

    What is the NSA doing to make the scope of its data collection efforts

    as transparent as possible, while still achieving its goals w.r.t.

    national security?

    Is it an acceptable outcome that NSA fails at securing us in the

    service of privacy considerations?

    If the Snowden incident hadn’t happened, would the NSA have hired the

    civil liberties expert?

    What structural changes will make this role

    actually effective?

    Has the real tension been between the NSA needing to protect its own

    systems while ensuring that everybody else’s are vulnerable?

    Is this


    Do you believe the mission of the NSA can be accomplished without

    building a record of all worldwide communications and activities? Why?

    Is the NSA embedding backdoor or surveillance capability in any

    commercial integrated circuits?

    If you want to address the damage to public trust, and improve the

    social contract, why not applaud the work Edward Snowden has done to

    demonstrate how your agency has gone astray?

    Do you consider the NSA’s role in weakening the RSA random number

    generator to be a violation of the NSA’s existing social contract?

    How do you think about its exploitability by criminal elements?

    What do you tell American corporate tech leaders who are concerned

    about lowered trust and security of their services and products?


    of trust based on national security letters, for example, or

    weaknesses introduced into RSA crypto by the NSA?

    What is the best mechanism for an intelligence agency to prevent

    themselves from using “national security secrecy” to cover up an


    Is there something better than whistleblowers?

    Secure information and privacy need to be balanced – please give an

    example of when you feel the NSA worked at its best in this balancing


    Please be specific :-)

    How much is your presentation a reflection of NSA or your personal views?

    Should the NSA play a role in devising the new rules for cyberwar?

    (Since the old rules for war don’t work in the digital universe.)


    do we citizens participate?

    Do you personally feel that the leaks of the last year have revealed

    serious overreach by your agency?

    Or, do you feel as though the NSA

    has simply been unfairly painted and that the leaks have been


    Privacy is, logically, implied (4th, and 5th and 10th Amendments).

    Should it be an explicit right?

    If so, how should it be architected?

    Amnesty for Snowden?

    When Russia invaded Ukraine, it seemed to take us by surprise.


    Snowden’s revelations damaged our ability to anticipate sudden moves

    by rivals and adversaries?

    How can the NSA build an effective social contract when it destroys

    evidence in an active case and when its decisions are made in a secret

    court without public scrutiny?

    How can the public make informed decisions if NSA keeps secret what it

    is doing from its public rulers viz the abuses exposed by Snowden?

    Can you give an example of a credible “cyber threat” thwarted by the NSA?

    Why did NSA dissolve its Chief Scientist Office?

    So too FBI.


    Office funded the disk drive and speech recognition.

    How do you reconcile your stated goal of improving the security of

    private sector products with NSA’s documented practice of

    intentionally weakening encryption standards and adding backdoors to

    exported network devices that facilitate billions of dollars of


    How does surveillance directed towards the United States’s closest

    allies help deter terrorist threats, and how does the damage of our

    relationship with Germany and other allies offset the benefits of

    conducting such surveillance?

    I am an American, legally, politically, culturally, economically.


    was born in Pakistan and am a young male.

    My demographics are the

    prime target of the NSA.

    I have no recourse if the NSA sees that I

    have visited the “wrong” links.

    I am afraid that the NSA deems me a


    Your response?

    Balancing the needs of ‘security, society and business’ leaves most of

    us with 1 vote in 3.

    Given the shared interest in big data by

    security agencies and business, how do the rest of us keep from

    getting outvoted 2-to-1 every time?

    Your fears seem to be based on a highly competitive scarcity-based


    What is your role in a post-scarcity society?

    In what ways do public, crowdsourced prediction markets help to

    resolve the tension between public trust and the need for

    sophisticated intel?

    Does the government have either a duty or a need to be open and honest

    in its communication with the public?

    How does the NSA approach biological data?

    Synthetic biology applications?

    You never use the word law.

    How many more leaks would it take to make your mission impossible?

    Personally I look forward to this particular point in time.

    Please share your thoughts on:

    Re: ‘talent leverage’ impact on world


    We are all one family on spaceship earth, and we have grave

    system failures in the ship.

    If the U.S. gov’t can shift from empire

    to universal economic empowerment, based on natural carrying capacity

    of each ecosystem.

    Then, trust can be restored that this is not a

    gov’t of and for the military-industrial complex, and the most

    powerful corporations.

    What are three basic reasons that make the NSA assume that it doesn’t

    need to obey the law?

    Surveillance and security are mutually contradictory goals.


    these functions of the NSA be split into different agencies?

    Was Snowden a hero or a damaging rogue?

    Did he catalyze changes to

    keep NSA from being the “KGB”?

    Do we live in a democracy when there are no checks and balances in the

    intelligence community? —> CIA/Senate, —> Snowden/NSA?

    You described the importance of a social contract in determining the

    appropriate balance between privacy and intelligence gathering.


    contracts require all parties to be well-informed and to trust each


    How can the American public trust the intelligence community

    when all of the reforms you mentioned only occurred because a

    concerned patriot chose to blow the whistle (and now faces


    How are we to maintain the creative outliers and risk takers (things

    that have been known to create growth and brilliance) if we are

    keeping / tracking ‘norms’ as acceptable – or the things we accept.

    How will we know if we are wrong?

    Can or does the NSA influence or seek to influence immigration policy

    so that the US could retain foreign workers here on expiring H1Bs?

    What does the NSA see as some of the greatest emerging technologies

    (quantum decryption for example) that can create the future

    “Intelligent America”?

    What are the factors that determines whether the NSA ‘quietly assists’

    improving a company’s product security, or it weakens or promotes

    weaker crypto standards / algorithms / tech?

    Please talk about the recent large scale hacking from Russia.

    Why frame this as “how can laws keep up with technology” instead of

    “how do we keep the NSA from exceeding the law?”

    1) Was NSA interdiction of a sovereign leader’s aircraft a violation

    of international law?

    2) Does NSA believe they can mill and drill a

    database to find potential terrorists?

    The NSA paid a private security form, RSA, to introduce a weakness

    into its security software.

    Spying is one matter. But making our

    defenses weaker is another.

    How do you defend this?

    What is your biggest fear about NSA overreaching in its power [?]

    How many real, proven terrorist threats to the U.S. have been

    uncovered by NSA surveillance of email / cell phone activity of

    private citizens in the last few years (4-8)?

    Your list of tensions omitted any mention of corporate or otherwise

    economic fallout that may result or have resulted from the Snowden


    What relief mechanism do you foresee maintaining

    corporate trust in the American government?

    You mentioned doing during slide 14 that the Director of the NSA is

    declassifying more information to promote “tranparency”.

    Can you

    please elaborate on how we might find these recently declassified


    Long ago we created a “privilege” for priests, doctors and lawyers,

    fearing we could not use them without it.

    Today, our computers know

    us better than our priests, but they have no privilege and can betray

    us to surveillance.

    How do we fix that?

    What systems are in place to prevent further leaks?

    1) Is it ok for a foreign entity to collect and intercept President

    Obama’s communications without our knowledge?

    2) Do you think William

    Binney and Thomas Drake are heroes?

    How do we build a world of transparency, while also enabling security

    for our broader society?

    As we grow more connected, the sense of distance embodied in national

    patriotism and the otherness of the world shrinks.

    How is a larger

    NSA a reasonable response in terms of a social contract?

    Describe the culture that says it’s ok to monitor and read US

    citizens’ email (pre-revelation) [?]

    How can the NSA enable more due process during the review of approvals

    of modern “wire taps” (i.e. translating big data searches to


    In the next 10 years there will be breakthroughs in math creating

    radical changes in data mining.

    What are the social risks of that

    being dominated by NGO’s vs. government?

    Has the NSA performed criminally illegal wiretapping?

    If so, when

    will those responsible be prosecuted?

    Can you define what unlocking Big Data responsibly really means and

    give examples?

    Can NSA regulate Facebook in terms of privacy and

    ownership of users’ data?

    How do other governments deal with similar problems?

    What prevents NSA from trusting “Intelligent America” revealing that

    linking information but not the content was broadly collected could

    have been understood and well presented. Funded [?] “Intelligent

    Ingestion of Information” …[?] DARPA 1991-1995.

    Please address the spying upon and the filing of criminal charges

    against US Senators and their staff by the USA, particularly in the

    case of Senator Diane Feinstein of California.

    Does the NSA’s legitmacy depend more on the safety of citizens or

    ensuring the continuity of the Constitutional system?

    Can you shed any light on why Pres. Obama has indicted more

    whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined?

    When will Snowden be recognized as a hero?

    When will Clapper go to

    jail for perjury?

    Actions speak louder than buzz words.

    Does NSA make available the algorithms for natural language processing

    used by the data analysis systems?

    In the long term view, it would seem freedom is a higher priority

    value than safety so why is safety the highest value here? Why isn’t

    the USA working primariy to ensure our continued freedom?

    How do you protect sources and methods while forging the new social contract?

    How can any company trust cybercommand when the same chief runs NSA

    where the focus is attack?

    How can we trust the Utah Data Center

    after such blatant lies of “targeted surveillance?”

    Now that the mass surveillance programs have to some extent been

    revealed, can we see some verifiable examples of their worth?

    If not,

    will NSA turn back towards strengthening security instead of

    undermining it?

    The terrorist attacks of 9/11 encouraged our govt. leaders to adopt

    aggressive surveillance laws and regulations and demands from the

    intelligence communities.

    How do we reverse these policies adopted

    under duress?

           —Stewart Brand

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  6. Jamie and Adam’s Comic-Con 2014 Panel - Tested

    Jamie and Adam’s Comic-Con 2014 Panel By Joey Fameli on July 30, 201422

    Jamie and Adam did something different for this year’s panel at Comic-Con—they omitted having a moderator in favor of talking directly to the fans. For over an hour, they answer questions and show new clips from Mythbusters. We also see Jamie test a new technique for walking through the floor of Comic-Con!

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  7. Table Topics: Episode 53 – Atomic Robo w/ Mike Olson

    I am Michael, and this is Table Topics # 53 – Atomic Robo w/ Mike OlsonCaleb and I had a chance to sit down with Mike Olson, lead designer on the awesome Atomic Robo RPG (powered by FATE). Atomic Robo is a comic property by Writer Brian Clevinger and Artist Scott Wegener. I am a huge fan of FATE, both the system and the book itself. I think Atomic Robo surpasses FATE core as my favorite RPG book. The way they incorporate the comic’s art to illustrate rules and concepts is nothing short of amazing.Mike will be at GenCon this year and I hope we’ll have a chance to game together.Some cool stuff to check out.

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  8. Blinding the surveillance state - C.Soghoian at HopeX Blinding the surveillance state - C.Soghoian - hopeX 2014

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  10. AISFP Podcast 266 – Max Gladstone, FULL FATHOM FIVE

    Timothy C. Ward, author of the novelette, “Scavenger,” joins Assistant Editor, Carl Engle-Laird, to interview Max Gladstone about his newest novel, Full Fathom Five: Craft Sequence #3.

    On Sale, Tuesday, July 15, Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

    “Gladstone continues to trump his already considerable accomplishments in this tightly paced fantasy legal thriller.”

    —Publishers Weekly « Starred Review «

    Book Description and Bio:

    On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World.

    When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.

    MAX GLADSTONE went to Yale, where he wrote a short story that became a finalist in the Writers of the Future competition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Full Fathom Five is his third novel. Visit him on the web at

    Discussed in this episode of Adventures in SciFi Publishing:

    Max’s journey to becoming published by Tor.

    What is the Craft Sequence and can they stand alone or do you need to read them in order?

    Why Max chose not to change details to make this a Steampunk world.

    The Angelus Guns by Max Gladstone will be published on Wednesday.

    Max’s preparation for building this world and what elements of his writing he’s tried to improve, from sentence structure to character building.

    Our Sponsor: S. Ron Mars’ EAT FISH OR DIE Audible Short Story

    Stuck on a small planetoid, we find Major Joachim Merlot. He’s the military equivalent of a street sweeper, defending Earth against an alien race of stinking fish-like creatures. Merlot isn’t interested in being any kind of hero – he just wants to return home and see who won the office betting pool. His odds of making it back alive are only one in 16, but that doesn’t matter. He’s been issued a handy dandy Battle Ready Android with the fire power of an entire platoon. The only problem? He can’t let the android think too much. Too much thinking, you see, can upset it. And there’s the rub. Since everyone thinks most of the time, how can you figure out when it’s too much?

    Warning: This is not a paranormal urban fantasy romance.

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