Should developers be responsible for potentially harmful software?

With the recent news concerning the arrest of Marcus Hutchins — the security researchers who stopped the biggest-ever ransomware attack — I’ve been thinking (more than usual) about the ethics of software development. But before we go into that, who’s Marcus Hutchins and what did he really do? Hutchins, is a so-called security researcher which … Continue reading Should developers be responsible for potentially harmful software?

Non-technical explanation of encryption and digital signatures

Having a basic understanding of encryption and digital signatures has become important as history has repeatedly taught us that we can’t trust everyone on the Internet (e.g. Internet service providers, email services etc.). This blog post will try to explain in a non-technical way how encryption and digital signatures work and why something called “private … Continue reading Non-technical explanation of encryption and digital signatures

What is Vault 7? And how not to be spied on

Have you heard about the latest Wikileaks release called Vault 7? The short version: If you ever were sceptic about “USA is spying on everyone on the Internet” you can stop being sceptic now… Since 7 March we know, for a fact, that they’re capable of hacking into, listening and recording on pretty much any […]

Schleifen wir ihn vor die Post

Als ich klein war, gab es einen Witz in Norddeutschland: Zwei Polizeibeamte finden vor dem Gymnasium eine männliche Leiche. Beim Aufschreiben des Sachverhaltes fragt der Eine den Anderen. Hey, wie schreibt man Gymnasium? Hm … weiss ich auch nicht. Komm, wir schleifen ihn vor die Post!” Auf der einen Seite ist das natürlich clever, weil …

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Why I do free software

Free software is software that respects users’ freedom and the community around them. Users of such software are able to use, copy, distribute, study, change or improve the software. “Free” in this case refers to the freedom, not the price, of the software. “Free software” does not mean “non-commercial”. A free program must be available […]