Privacy and the ubiquity of embedded technology

Today’s commentary
Since this is a thought piece, I am putting it outside the paywall.
Last week cryptography expert Bruce Schneier wrote an interesting piece on the NSA at the Atlantic, arguing that the intelligence agency threatens national security. His argument in a nutshell was that the NSA - in its zeal to undermine security for espionage purposes - made the digital world vulnerable to any attacker, including foreign governments and common hacker criminals. Schneier pointed to the NSA’s “collect-everything mentality” as being at the heart of the security vulnerability. And I believe this is important when thinking about embedded technology in the context of the Google acquisition.
Embedded technology or embedded systems are computer systems that operate within larger devices ...


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