Professor told to delete NSA-related blog post from university site

A university professor who wrote a blog post detailing how the National Security Agency breaks secure internet connections was asked to remove the article from the school’s servers, inciting cries of censorship throughout the blogosphere, RT reports.

Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, penned the blog post last week after it was revealed that the NSA has spent years strong-arming companies into installing a so-called backdoor into some of the world’s most popular communications services.

He began by explaining a series of conversations he had with reporters before the leaks were published. The journalists asked Green how the NSA would install covert monitors in everyday data exchanges, assuming they had the wherewithal to do so.…Read More

Edward Snowden doesn’t have a BA – why that’s the future of tech

NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s formal education stopped with a GED, a fact that the New York Times‘ David Brooks and others have spun into a caricature of him as a loner or outsider, Fast Company reports. In fact, Snowden’s lack of formal credentials made him mainstream, and maybe even the wave of the future. The Brookings Institution reported in a paper titled “The Hidden STEM Economy” that half of the nation’s workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math don’t have or need a bachelor’s degree. They do their work with an associate’s degree or even just on-the-job training. … The proliferation of non-college STEM jobs is a telltale sign of two things: an education and policy system that’s not keeping up with the demands of innovation; and innovative industries that are finding new sources of talent.

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