Week Nine

Major Assignment: Reminder that your Privacy Philosophy is due on March 21st, print it out, bring it to class. You can find the assignment here.

  • Tuesday, March 21st
    • Blown to Bits Chapter 5. “Secret Bits: How Codes Became Unbreakable”
    • “Chatting in Secret While We’re All Being Watched”
    • If you still are struggling to understand this, this video might help.
    • Bring your laptops and phones to class.
    • Notes: No reading notes for these readings or films. You do need to make sure you have the following in your notes from Thursday’s class:
      – Threat Model: What information you care about keeping secure, and from whom?
      – How have your password techniques changes from what we talked about and worked on in class? What was easy? what was difficult?


  • Thursday, March 23rd
    • Room for Debate: Apple vs. The Law
    • “Apple CEO Tim Cook: Privacy is a Fundamental Human Right” Listen to the Interview
    • “This War on Math is Bullshit”
    • Questions for Notes:
    • 1. Whose argument do you find more convincing, Apple of the FBI? How do we go about balancing security of our devices, with law enforcements need to access information about criminal activities?
      2. The NSA has said they don’t believe Apple should be compelled to build the backdoor, and many have suggested that Apple could get the information from the phone without Apple and/or the information isn’t valuable? What’s going on here? Why would the NSA disagree with the FBI? and why would the FBI pursue this case if they don’t need the information? (Hint: You might have to do a bit of research to find out the answers to these questions, you can always start by DuckDuckGoing it, or Googling it if you must.)