Jane’s Fighting Nerds
The Belfer Center has produced a distinctly idiosyncratic report ranking the world’s cyber powers – though they should have called it Jane’s Fighting Nerds. Bruce Schneier (@schneierblog) and I puzzle over its rankings, but at least the authors provided the underlying assessments that led them, among other oddities, to rank the Netherlands No. 5, and Israel nowhere in the top ten. The US is number one, but that’s partly due to the Center’s insistence that the US ranking should be boosted because we’re a norms superpower. In my book, that should have cost us a 20% discount off our offensive capabilities ranking. Don’t agree? Download the report and pick your own fight!
Our interview today is with Cory Doctorow, diving deep on his pamphlet/book, “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism.” It’s a robust and entertaining three-cornered fight – me, Cory, and the absent Shoshana Zuboff, whose 700-page tome launched the surveillance capitalism meme. You’ll enjoy hearing me ask Cory, a Red Diaper Baby born to Trotskyists, to explain why his solution to tech’s overreach is so similar to Attorney General Bill Barr’s.
Elsewhere in the news roundup, Nate Jones (@n8jones81) and I unpack the Pandora’s Box of pain loosed by the European Court of Justice in Schrems II. Facebook is fighting a multilevel rearguard action – in the courts, in two capitals, and in its terms of service—to try to salvage its current business model.
I cover the latest Tok in the TikTok saga. Oracle has won … something or other. Sultan Meghji (@sultanmeghji) and I puzzle over how the TikTok algorithm can stay in China while the dataset it’s training on remains in the United States.
The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google is getting nearer and nearer, judging from the thrashing in the underbrush. But we still don’t have a good idea what part of Google’s business will be targeted. Su
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