Obfuscation over Privacy


My first thought on reading this post on MIT Press about potentially using obfuscation to provide a shroud of privacy was… good luck.

Computers are way too smart for that and if they can’t now, in the future they’ll be able to pick the patterns easily.

Think of a 5 year old trying to talk in code with another 5 year old by using a bunch of distraction – surely that’s how algorithms will see our conversations in future.

But then I read about the authors (at the end of the post). Professors. Smart people. I’m going to assume I just don’t know what is going on, and check my arrogance.

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By Craig Bailey