I really do love email.
Sometimes I’m supposed to click Reply All to an email, but I never remember. It almost just bit me.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I just found an email signature with a gif in it that ISN’T super annoying. Now to make my own.
The theme of the cover letter I’m writing is, “Let’s see if I can get EVERYone in the office talking about me before they actually meet me.”
If we only use encryption when we’re working with important data, then encryption signals that data’s importance. If only dissidents use encryption in a country, that country’s authorities have an easy way of identifying them. But if everyone uses it all of the time, encryption ceases to be a signal. No one can distinguish simple chatting from deeply private conversation. The government can’t tell the dissidents from the rest of the population. Every time you use encryption, you’re protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.
Today, we are seeing government pushback against encryption. Many countries, from States like China and Russia to more democratic governments like the United States and the United Kingdom, are either talking about or implementing policies that limit strong encryption. This is dangerous, because it’s technically impossible, and the attempt will cause incredible damage to the security of the Internet.
There are two morals to all of this. One, we should push companies to offer encryption to everyone, by default. And two, we should resist demands from governments to weaken encryption. Any weakening, even in the name of legitimate law enforcement, puts us all at risk. Even though criminals benefit from strong encryption, we’re all much more secure when we all have strong encryption.
There’s a good chance I just broke my business email address. If you don’t hear from me after emailing, I’m sorry. Just ping me here.
I don’t talk too much about my email newsletter, but my next issue goes out this afternoon. There’s still time: http://m37.cc/newsletter
I have this terrible habit of sending busy people emails they want to reply to but don’t have the time or mental space to write back.
Today I’m grateful for people who believe no question is a stupid question.