The Wonderful Wizards of Oz

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” – The Wizard of Oz Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of giving a guest lecture to a class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. I was asked to speak about the encryption debate as part of a course with the intriguing title, “Is the Internet Broken?” The answer, of course, is yes. The Internet didn’t just become broken recently; it was never not broken to begin with (though maybe now it’s broken in different ways than before). And yet as a society we decided to hook it up to our commerce and finances and personal communications and critical infrastructure and, now, IoT toothbrushes and lightbulbs. That dependence means we are duty-bound to try to make it less broken. So, in my guest talk, one of my goals was to impress upon the students that writing secure software…

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