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Professor at the University of Florida, with a focus on cellular security, payment/mobile security and ransomware.
Oct 4, 2018 19 tweets 5 min read
If you’re in the US at the moment, you almost certainly got one of these yesterday. There’s been a lot of confusion about what it is (and what it is not). Let me tell you more about emergency alerts using computer science, history, and of course, Batman. #news 1/ Emergency alerts were deployed in the US in 1951 via the Control of Electromagnetic Radiation (CONELRAD) system. Fearing a nuclear attack during the Cold War, radios could be tuned to 2 AM frequencies (see triangles) to receive civil defense information 2/…
Jul 23, 2018 15 tweets 3 min read
Let’s add a little context to the discussion of voting security in the US. To do that, I’m going to do something Computer Scientists are bad at - I’m going to talk about history. Specifically, let’s look at the Help America #Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. 1/ The reason to talk about HAVA is to start recognizing some of the challenges of paper ballot-based voting. HAVA came about largely because paper ballots were proving to be extremely difficult to manage. 2/
Feb 19, 2018 28 tweets 5 min read
In my opening remarks at #NDSS18 today, I took a few minutes to talk about the process we took as a Program Committee to build the program. My goal is to increase transparency and improve the academic reviewing experience. (long thread) 1/ These efforts and initiatives were made by both myself and my co-chair, @AlinaMOprea. However, any problems with phrasing or opinions on Twitter are solely my fault. 2/