Bram Cohen’s DissidentX (and OpenBSD, Consciousness/Microtubules, Obama NSA “reforms”)

BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen has a new project — DissidentX, a “bare bones” prototype system for implementing steganography. The idea being, it uses message-hiding techniques to conceal the fact a communication is taking place at all, as well as encrypting them.

Cohen has some interesting ideas on how to do this, including subtracting information from the “cover” document (like deleting paragraphs) to make steganography detection harder. Other points are taken from Assange’s Rubberhose deniable encryption system (like encoding multiple ciphertexts in the same cover document, with the one you decrypt depending on which decryption key you use).

It’s not a complete tool, but with any luck it will get picked up and incorporated into existing projects.

Support OpenBSD! They’re almost out of money, and if OpenBSD goes down that would be REALLY REALLY BAD for everyone, what with them being one of the few halfway secure platforms in a world of NSA, 5 eyes, internet crooks, etc. http://openbsd.org/donations.html
http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=138972987203440&w=2

Microtubule vibrations as the source of consciousness. This is remarkably similar to what Mesmer wrote about 200 years ago. I always figured it was just a convenient mental model, but wonder if the guy was on to something. http://phys.org/news/2014-01-discovery-quantum-vibrations-microtubules-corroborates.html

Obama’s NSA reforms: Lots of flag waving, your metadata will still be collected but will be kept either by corporations or some third party (the FBI?), and they’ll try to only look within 2 degrees of separation of “suspects.” Nothing on backdooring crypto, unsurprisingly.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/01/17/obama_nsa_speech_the_unretouched_photos.html
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/17/us/nsa-changes-graphic.html?gwh=A00DCCD3C42CEDF175FC60C5DF5CF31E&gwt=pay&_r=0
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/01/17/obama-calls-for-new-approach-on-domestic-surveillance-not-new-enough-for-cr

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/01/15/bittorrent-creators-new-tool-dissidentx-hides-secrets-in-plain-sight/

(too lazy to quote)

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