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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 
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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 

#Science #Methodology #CultureWars | To Fix the #Social Sciences, Look to the “Dark Ages” of #Medicine | The MIT Press Reader http://bit.ly/322CXd6

To Fix the Social Sciences, Look to the “Dark Ages” of Medicine

The MIT Press Reader: To Fix the Social Sciences, Look to the “Dark Ages” of Medicine (Anar Badalov)

 

#Science #Methodology #CultureWars | To Fix the #Social Sciences, Look to the “Dark Ages” of #Medicine | The MIT Press Reader http://bit.ly/322CXd6

To Fix the Social Sciences, Look to the “Dark Ages” of Medicine

The MIT Press Reader: To Fix the Social Sciences, Look to the “Dark Ages” of Medicine (Anar Badalov)

 
 
Neuigkeiten von der #Openbook Alpha-Tester Front

Das Wichtigste zuerst: Openbook hat jetzt eine #DancingBanana Reaction ;-)

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Spaß Beiseite - Es tut sich einiges und das Team scheint sich tatsächlich ordentlich rein zu knien. Heute kam ein heiß ersehntes Update das uns nicht nur drei neue Themes (ich weiß eher unwichtig - aber nice to have) sondern auch einige "lang" (läuft ja erst 7 Tage) erwartete Funktionen beschert hat. Beispielsweise wird man nun benachrichtigt, wenn man in einem Beitrag eines Users kommentiert hat und daraufhin neue Kommentar zu diesem Beitrag verfasst wurden.
Weiterhin sieht man bei Kommentaren nun endlich!!! zu welchem Beitrag der Kommentar gehört. Das war ein sehr übler Bug!

Hier geht's jetzt weiter mit ein bisschen Bildersalat, also Screenshots vom derzeitigen Alpha-Stand der #App und ein bisschen Text dazu.

Der derzeitige "Home" Stream, gezeigt in drei Theme-Varianten
Hier landen momentan die Beiträge sämtlicher Communities, denen man beigetreten ist sowie aller Leute denen man folgt oder mit denen man sich verbunden hat.

Helles Theme
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Dunkles Theme
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OLED-Freundliches Theme mit hohem Schwarzanteil
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Wie ihr seht, gibt es neben der Möglichkeit zu kommentieren auch noch sog. "Reactons", die sicherlich einige bereits von Facebook kennen. Quasi Emojis um eine Gefühlsreaktion auszudrücken. Es wird vermutlich Standard-Reactions geben, für alle Nutzer zugänglich sind und "Premium-Reactions" die nur über ein Bezahlmodell verfügbar sein werden. Gleiches gilt vermutlich auch für gewisse Themes.

Das erste Bild ganz oben in diesem Beitrag zeigt übrigens den "Suche" Bereich der App, in dem sich auch die "Trending Posts" finden.

Hier ist der "#Communities" Tab zu sehen
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Oben gibt es vorgefertigte Kategorien zum Entdecken. Beispielsweise Fun, Education, Technology etc...
Darunter werden die eigenen Communites aufgelistet und darunter alle weiteren Communities denen man beigetreten ist. Alles wie gewohnt.

Die Profilseite sieht folgendermaßen aus
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Auch hier gibt es keine Überraschungen. Derzeit werden hier nur Beiträge angezeigt, die man mit seinen Kreisen geteilt hat. Beiträge aus Communities tauchen bisher nicht dort auf. Soll sich allerdings ändern.

Zu guter Letzt noch ein kurzer Blick in's Menü mit allen bisher verfügbaren #Themes. Es sind momentan 8 an der Zahl
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So, genug gescrollt für heute. Das war's erst mal von der Alpha-Tester Front. Ich wünsche eine gute Nacht!

#open source #social network #Europe #Europa
 
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