In episode #44 of “Tech Policy Weekly,” Berin Szoka and Adam Thierer engage in a debate with Internet security expert Chris Soghoian, who is a student fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University’s School of Informatics.
On the show, Chris talks about two of his recent crusades to get certain online providers to change their default settings to improve user security or privacy: (1) His effort this week to get major email providers—and Google in particular—to change their default security settings on their email offerings; and (2) his earlier crusade to create permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising by advertising networks.
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Finally, here’s some relevant links that were mentioned during today’s show:
- Chris Soghoian’s webpage + his Harvard Berkman Center page
- Chris’s blog (“Slight Paranoia”)
- Chris’s “TACO” (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out) plug-in for Firefox (and description of it on his home page)
- Chris’s “Caught in the Cloud” paper (+ a video of him presenting it at Harvard)
- The letter from 38 cybersecurity researchers that Chris sent to Google
- Berin Szoka’s response to Chris’s “Caught in the Cloud” paper
- Berin’s discussion of the issue of preserving user choice through permanent opt-out cookies