A man looking through binoculars

Privacy in the European Union and the World

Lately there has been an increase in discussions about the use of end-to-end encryption for consumers. The most blatant attack on privacy I have read about is the so-called EU Chat Control. But there are other regulations as well, such as the UK Online Safety Bill. Chat Control (EU) Let’s begin with the European Union, and what is usually called Chat Control. This regulation aims to protect children from abuse by forcing both hosting and communications services to reduce the risk of the service being used for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) by...

March 27, 2023 · 4 min · Oskar Edbro
"Together we change the world" written with chalk on a road

Governments Influencing Wikipedia?

It has recently been reported by The Guardian that Saudi Arabia has taken serious steps to influence the information available at Wikipedia. The investigations began after two volunteers at Wikipedia were put in jail for “swaying public opinion” and “violating public morals.” Since then Saudi Arabia seems to have stepped up their efforts to influence the public view. An internal investigation at Wikimedia showed that all of their administrators in the country were government agents....

January 6, 2023 · 2 min · Oskar Edbro

The Modern Con - Social Networks and Marketing

In todays internet based world, phishing has become a great nuisance. We all know about the emails trying to trick the receiver to perform an action that is to the senders gain. This could be to install malware, send money, or something else. Either way, this is just the newest variant of the con (aka confidence game) to trick someone for gains. After reading The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova I got to thinking....

August 3, 2022 · 3 min · Oskar Edbro

Comments on the use of Open Source

After the devastating vulnerability in Log4j last month we’ve seen some changes in how companies view open source. The ones whom previously had no policies at all have now began looking into this. For now the main thing we see is asking the question about where Log4j has been used, but that will likely change to. It is important for all the users of open source to understand the nature. You cannot just expect or pressure the maintainers to update their software....

January 6, 2022 · 2 min · Oskar Edbro

Something Needs to Change about All These Agreements

The end of the year draws closer, and for many so does the stress of preparing for the holidays. Many are buying gifts, and the companies know it, and therefore the amount of pure ads in my inbox sky rocket at this time. But there are also other communications, I’m talking about the many updates to terms from companies. Looking at my inbox I’ve got five updates just the last week....

December 4, 2021 · 3 min · Oskar Edbro