Irony and SolarWinds
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Irony and SolarWinds

We live in an age of irony. Even the ironies have ironies. Take Donald Trump. After four years, there’s not the slightest doubt that the man is an ultra-rightist with pronounced authoritarian tendencies. This is why 81.2 million Americans voted against him: because Joe Biden couldn’t help but be better despite his obvious shortcomings. But…

Snow Job! SolarWinds ‘Russian Hack’ Story Proves the Media Writes US Foreign Policy, Not the White House
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Snow Job! SolarWinds ‘Russian Hack’ Story Proves the Media Writes US Foreign Policy, Not the White House

As incoming nominees of a future Biden administration have stopped short in naming a culprit in the SolarWinds hack, the media – playing judge, jury and executioner – has levelled blame on the usual suspect. Did anyone actually believe that Russia would escape a major US election season without a ceremonial tarring and feathering by…

The Digital ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends
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The Digital ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends

What is a ‘digital Iron Curtain’? It is when Big Digital, as Professor Michael Rectenwald terms these western Tech Goliaths, become ‘governmentalities’, using a word originally coined by Michel Foucault to refer to the means by which the ‘governed’ (i.e. ‘we the people’) assimilate, and reflect outwardly, a mental attitude desired by the élites: “One…

The Nomos of Cybersecurity and a Sovereign Internet
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The Nomos of Cybersecurity and a Sovereign Internet

The term “Nomos” was introduced into modern political science by the German lawyer Carl Schmitt. The word had several meanings in Ancient Greece, including “law” or “custom”. It was also an administrative territorial unit (divided into “nomoi”). Carl Schmitt used it to denote the principle of organising space. And with the advent of cyberspace, it…

US Ballistic Missile Systems Have Very Poor Cyber-Security
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US Ballistic Missile Systems Have Very Poor Cyber-Security

No data encryption, no antivirus programs, no multifactor authentication mechanisms, and 28-year-old unpatched vulnerabilities are just some of the cyber-security failings described in a security audit of the US’ ballistic missile system released on Friday by the US Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG). The report [PDF] was put together earlier this year, in…