A Primer on Security Culture

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“I don’t accept the idea that if we nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear. Privacy serves a purpose. It’s why we have blinds on our windows and a door on our bathroom. Privacy is important to us, it’s something that we take for granted as being central to our lives. In other words, we have plenty to hide, and it’s always been our right to hide it, until now, because today there are people who don’t want us to protect our privacy, who want, and to a large degree, already have free access to our personal information…we have to recognize that both our individual and collective existence depend upon a base level of control over our own privacy. Privacy is not a privilege, and it is not something to be willingly and casually sacrificed. Privacy is fundamental to being a human being, and it’s worth fighting for.”

Alex Winter



Security culture, briefly defined, is the direct application of the right to privacy. Some believe that privacy is only valuable insofar as it is relevant to one’s survival. This view typically clashes with the ideologically driven perspective that privacy ought to be thought of as an end, a means, and an insight based upon one’s principles. What integrates the privacy-as-survival and privacy-on-principle camps is security culture, which is not only deontologically consistent, but also empirically demonstrative of what happens when individual privacy is respected or otherwise not disregarded. Continue reading

Report on Manufactures (1791)

Today’s document is a report issued to the House of Representatives on December 5th of 1791 by then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. He proposed a mercantilist program of instituting tariffs whose revenue generation would be used to finance subsidies to favored industries of the federal government; feel free to also read the “Report on the Public Credit” &“Report on a National Bank” for Hamilton’s other economic proposals. Any mistakes in transcription are solely that of this humble blogger.

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The Secretary of the Treasury in obedience to the order of the House of Representatives of the 15th day of January, 1790, has applied his attention, at as early a period as his other duties would permit, to the subject of Manufactures; and particularly to the means of promoting such as will tend to render the United States independent of Foreign Nations, for military and other essential supplies. And he thereupon respectfully submits the following Report: Continue reading

Secured Record Archival: How to Protect Your Documents from the Government

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“Do you know where your chief of police lives? Do you know his telephone number? What sort of car he drives? How much money he’s got in the bank? Do you know what insurance company insures his life or his home and so on? I bet you don’t know any of that information but you can rest assured that your chief of police has access to all of that information about you.”

 The Anti-Terrorist


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Trusting faceless third-parties to keep your records private is downright foolhardy, especially considering just how ridiculously easy it is for adversaries to gain access and deprive you of them. Almost two years ago in 2014, nude celebrity photographs that were originally stored on Apple’s iCloud were leaked; about a year ago in 2015, the Ashley Madison data breach occurred. What these episodes teach us is that anyone’s private records are potentially susceptible to being made public against their will. Continue reading