Read : 2019-03-12

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail“, by Zack Whittaker (Tech Crunch, 2019-03-11). Russia’s Federal Security Service (formerly the KGB) is alleged to have instructed Russian Internet providers to implement BGP blackholing against ProtonMail and several servers on the Tor network. The article cites the Russian government’s desire to control the Internet as motive. While they obtained no confirmation from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Internet regulator, TechCrunch does post excerpts from an e-mail from ProtonMail’s CEO.
  2. How the internet travels across oceans“, by Adam Satariano (NY Times, 2019-03-10).
  3. Trapdoor commitments in the SwissPost e-voting shuffle proof“, by Sarah Jamie Lewis, Olivier Pereira, & Vanessa Teague (University of Melborune, 2019). See also the independent discovery and analysis by Rolf Haenni
  4. The World Wide Web — not the Internet — turns 30 years old“, by Aja Romano (Vox, 2019-03-12). The article’s presentation of Internet and Web history is fun, but its explanation of the difference is vague. Cue Wikipedia to the rescue. (What follows is my interpretation thereof.) Internet = Interconnected network of (computer) networks using a common linking protocol (TCP/IP). World Wide Web (aka W3) = Digital resources formatted and identified in a standard way (via HTML and URLs, respectively) that users can access via web browsers using the Internet. (For an explanation of TCP/IP, see the three articles following.)
    1. Internet protocol suite” (Wikipedia). The neo-classical reference.
    2. An overview of TCP/IP protocols and the Internet“, by Gary C. Kessler (Gary Kessler, 1994-08-05 — 2019-03-05).
    3. How do computers talk to each other on the Internet?“, by Christina Warren (Mashable, 2012-10-17). Short, less technical explanation citing the above.
  5. 30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb?“, by Tim Berners-Lee (Web Foundation, 2019-03-12). Berners-Lee advocates Web availability for all and highlights three “sources of dysfunction”: (1) deliberate and malicious intent, (2) unintended consequences of system design, and (3) system design that incentivizes actions detrimental to users (Berners-Lee specifically cites “ad-based revenue models”).
  6. A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality“, by Emerging Technology (MIT Technology Review, 2019-03-12).