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Passwords are Bad, Security Questions are Worse

Everyone, by now, has run into those “security questions” – sets of questions you need to answer to set up an online account (or sometimes to continue using an existing one). They ask a number of questions that are supposed to identify you in the event that you forget your password or (less frequently) need … Continued

April 26, 2012
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A Weekend of Data Transparency

This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to New York City for The Wall Street Journal’s Data Transparency Weekend. This was a codeathon whose theme was the development of tools to allow people — ranging from journalists and technical professionals to ordinary users — to better understand how their data are collected and … Continued

April 16, 2012