Welcome to The Cyber Society

Because, let's face it, the future is now.

Here is where IT security and society truly intersect. Here is where we discuss the impact that technology and cybersecurity - or the lack off - has on our everyday life.

Here is where we look at all of the connected things;, where we raise our voice and call for awareness, where education for information security, privacy, and cyber safety take center stage.

This is where we tell institutions, businesses, organizations, parents, kids, educators, and the whole society that it is time to wake up and learn how to live with the future. 

Because there is not better place than here, and no better time than now.

- Marco Ciappelli 

The Moral Compass: Autonomous vehicles… whose life is worth more?

When software determines how autonomous vehicles behave - both in normal situations and in life-and-death situations - what can we expect as a society. What will these vehicles “know” about us, the other vehicles, and the the passengers in the surrounding area such that moral decisions can be made on the fly? Will we have control over this moral compass - or are we set to live in a world controlled by machines and software? Ashwin Krishnan, SVP of product and strategy at HyTrust chats about this new world with ITSPmagazine's Sean Martin.

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History is full of inventions that were dreamed and developed with the intention to do good for humanity, until crazy came along and turned them into bad things, really bad things. Nothing is intrinsically good or intrinsically bad, it all comes down to how we use things.

Here is a thought that Chris Roberts wrote after the Manchester terror attack. I asked him if I could share it. He said yes. Here it is. 

Think about it.

Jeremiah Grossman shares his personal advice about living - and even dying - at the intersection of IT Security & Society. 

Jeremiah Grossman, Chief of Security Strategy at SentinelOne, talks with Sean Martin from ITSPmagazine about living our lives securely - and passing on securely - as the digital world continues to evolve. Get Jeremiah's personal tips on home network security, password management, and more, in this exclusive ITSPmagazine An InfoSec Life interview. If you've never heard of someone getting "chipped".... tune in here to learn more.

Chris Roberts chats with ITSPmagazine about cyber security VS. cyber safety, artificial intelligence, privacy and other "fun" stuff.

Chris Roberts chats with ITSPmagazine's founders Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin about raising awareness and helping people use their technology more securely. We discuss perceptions and responsibility and how machine learning and artificial intelligence can help us be more secure if we surrender ourselves to it. The question is, are we already surrendering too much? We also ponder two other ideas... is the word "security" lost on society - would the word "safety" suit us better? And, last but not least, is there a big marketing value in having a certified "CyberSafe" product?

Apart from fantasy novels, what am I reading lately?

Here is a curated selection of articles that make me think about what happened, is happening, and will - presumably - happen at the intersection of IT security and society.


How Invisible Interfaces Are Going To Transform The Way We Interact With Computers

In the mid-nineties, a computer scientist at Xerox PARC theorized the concept of the Internet of Things, albeit with a different name, far before anyone else had and even further still before it had become possible.
By Greg Gascon | Pionic.org

Even though today we call it by that name, Ubiquitous Computing — as it was then coined by Mark Weiser — imagined a world wherein cheap and ubiquitous connected computing would radically alter the way we use and interact with computers. The idea was ahead of its time. In the world of ubiquitous computing, connected devices would become cheap and, thereby, would exist everywhere.

So, what is Ubiquitous Computing, and what exactly should an Invisible Interface look like? Contradiction aside.


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When technology helps to make us feel more human.
Yes it can happen. 

Thanks To Telepresence Robots, Kids Can Attend School From Home
The internet-enabled machines can help kids feel connected to their classmates when they can’t be in school for extended periods. Even field trips are possible.
By Steven Melendez | Fast Company

Earlier this year, 11-year-old Cloe Gray spent months at home from her Maryland elementary school after having surgery. But she still took part in her fifth-grade class, strolled the halls with her best friend, and joined her classmates at the school cafeteria.

She did it by using a telepresence robot, an internet-enabled videoconferencing machine on wheels that looks like a tablet attached to a Segway.

“She was able to participate in class,” says her mother, Tiffany Gray. “She’d raise the robot up to be able to raise her hand. She participated in group sessions, reading activities.”


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Because, why bothering with trying to reproduce a human, get a real one.
There are plenty, and they will screw things up just fine.

Why the rudest chatbot Is the best chatbot
Chatbots don’t need to bother with human niceties. A case for erring on the side of silence. 
By Elizabeth McGuane | Co.Design

Chatbots don’t need to bother with human niceties.
Intercom’s Elizabeth McGuane makes a case for erring on the side of silence. 

Ahead of us, there are two roads:

  • A future based on artificial intelligence, building toward a real understanding of what a person is saying, then generating the right response. This is hard to do with a high degree of accuracy, and leads to all sorts of potentially creepy sci-fi futures.
  • A future of controllable, scripted responses to a fixed set of commands. These bots may be full of personality and generate complex scripts, but their understanding is basic, and they can’t guarantee a nuanced response.

Choosing the right road means choosing the right way to understand the other side of the conversation. To what degree should a bot anticipate what’s happening on the other side of the wall?


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From a design perspective, the minimalism of the interface is a beautiful thing. But I would draw the line before minimalism turns into absence. The abstraction of the internet and modern technology is a big piece of our Society's Cybersecurity problem.

The disappearing computer
Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible
By Walt Mossberg | The Verge

This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhereI’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations.

Now, as I prepare to retire at the end of that very long and world-changing stretch, it seems appropriate to ponder the sweep of consumer technology in that period, and what we can expect next.


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