Human Editors and Subject Matter Experts? Dinosaurs but Just from a Previous Era

October 15, 2021

I read “Bugs in our Pockets: The Risks of Client-Side Scanning.” The embargo is amusing, and it underscores the issues related to confidential information and the notion of information wants to be free. Amusing, maybe not?

The write up looks a bit like a paper destined for a pay-to-play publisher or an outfit which cultivates a cabal-like approach to publishing. (Hello, ACM?) The paper includes 13 authors, and I suppose the idea is to convey consensus or a lead author who wishes to keep his or her head below the concrete bunker in order to avoid direct hits from those who don’t agree with the write up.

I neither agree nor disagree. I interpreted the write up as:

  • A clever bit of SEO, particularly the embargo and the availability of the paper to certain saucy online information services
  • A way to present some entities, although with the titles and email contacts favored by some link hunters
  • A technical bit of push back for assorted government mumbling about privacy, security, and another assault on personal freedoms.

Yep, the sky is falling.

Please, read the paper. One business executive allegedly said, “There is no return to normal. Today’s environment is the new normal.”

Is it possible this paper triggers Apple TV or YouTube to cue 1973 hit “The Way We Were”?

Stephen E Arnold, October 15, 2021

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