Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSAís first annual ďScience of Security (SoS) Competition.Ē The competition, which aims to honor the best ďscientific papers about national securityĒ as a way to strengthen NSA collaboration with researchers in academia, honored Bonneau for his paper on the nature of passwords.
And how did Bonneau respond to being honored by the NSA? By expressing, in an honest and bittersweet blog post, his revulsion at what the NSA has become:
On a personal note, Iíd be remiss not to mention my conflicted feelings about winning the award given what we know about the NSAís widespread collection of private communications and what remains unknown about oversight over the agencyís operations. Like many in the community of cryptographers and security engineers, Iím sad that we havenít better informed the public about the inherent dangers and questionable utility of mass surveillance. And like many American citizens Iím ashamed weíve let our politicians sneak the country down this path. [...]
In accepting the award I donít condone the NSAís surveillance. Simply put, I donít think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.
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