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Tynan's Ultimate Privacy Guide

My keen interest in online security and privacy has recently blossomed into a full on obsession. Some may say it's because I'm eccentric and weird, but it's at least partly because of the crazy new laws going down in this country. There is an excellent chance that all of your e-mails and IM conversations are at the very least being analyzed and logged. I doubt anyone actually reads them, but you never know.

The common argument against online privacy measures is "if you have nothing to hide, why do you care?". True, I'm not some criminal mastermind, but it's not unreasonable for people to think that I am. Many people in real life think that I'm a drug dealer for some reason. The forums that I visit to read about privacy concerns are often hot beds for credit card scammers. I think credit card scamming is retarded and would never do it, but I'd hate to be accused of being guilty by association.

There are also a lot of people sniffing traffic. The average internet user doesn't realize that it's not particularly difficult to intercept traffic on the internet - especially if you're using a wireless or shared connection. Encrypted communication can be intercepted, but not decoded - making it useless.

commonplaces: juxtaposition (aka how juxtaposition reveals our own assumptions aka "how do we know what goes without saying")

On like an apple

Well I guess it'll be a trifecta of posts today because I have one more after this and cannot resist this one.

Just read another post that had me thinking "juxtaposition": this post about GirlGeekKampala, which is described as "an organization teaching young Ugandan women the computer programming languages and content management frameworks that they may have missed out on in school." Super inspiring and encouraging idea, creating a place where women who want to learn programming can go and do so, together with others with experience and connections in the industry.

But juxtaposition? Really? It made me wonder why I put this story in the category of juxtaposition, in my own mind. And that made me realize that it's because of my own assumptions about who usually does programming and about what girls living in Kampala are like. Just as the Armstrong/Cash duo felt like a juxtaposition because it defied my own expectations about who usually appears on the stage at Ryman Auditorium playing Jimmie Rodgers songs together.

And that all just goes to show that "what goes without saying" is something we learn without noticing, usually, almost like language.

(As for the post itself, I'm all for GirlGeekKampala, but can we get some GirlGeekMilwaukee going closer to home going on too?)

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