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Anti-Spyware Coalition: Public Workshop Part II

posted by:Jeremy Hessing-Lewis // 02:24 PM // May 16, 2006 // Commentary &/or random thoughts | Digital Activism and Advocacy | Surveillance and social sorting

Everyone should be happy to know that Microsoft and the Department of Homeland Security are looking-out for your personal privacy. They represent the so-called "international public-private cooperation" that is hard at work keeping your computer free from all kinds of scary threats.

Joe Jarzombek, the Director for Software Assurance in the Policy and Strategic Initiatives Branch of the National Cyber Security Division (phew), spoke of the DHS' efforts (see National Cybersecurity Division) to contain risks presented by a non-standard, outsourced supply chain. That's right, the threat isn't local, its from one of the "stans" or "anias." They've established a common directory of malware in order to standardize spyware definitions. They are also kindly offering a software assurance program so that the DHS can have a look at your code and make sure its alright.

Spyware is a serious threat to your privacy, but Microsoft and Homeland Security are doing their best to ensure that your personal information doesn't get into the wrong hands. Trust them.

While the FCC is pushing for their The Safe Web Act, it seems that the DHS is sitting pretty. Big business is openly sharing information with them and, in turn, they are sheltering big business from the public's prying eyes through "critical information protections". The key phrase that was left unspoken by all parties was "mandatory backdoors".

(By Ambrese and Jeremy HL)


thanks for the interesting upates from the event. wish i was there! is anyone from the canadian government speaking about those mandatory backdoors?

Posted by: ian kerr at May 16, 2006 03:55 PM

The words "mandatory" or "backdoor" were never uttered. This isn't surprising seeing as they're still trying to get private partners onboard. Also, many of the anti-spyware players are smaller firms who may be more reluctant to team with DHS.

This Just In: Michael Binder, as the speaker from Industry Canada presented a cutting-edge lecture on how "ICTs" have become an important part of the Canadian economy (note sarcasm).

Posted by: Jeremy HL at May 16, 2006 04:20 PM

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