Trust and Security Theater


[Bruce Schnier:] Without trust, society collapses. And without societal pressures, there’s no trust.
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As an individual, what security threats scare you the most?

[Bruce Schnier:] My primary concerns are threats from the powerful. I’m not worried about criminals, even organised crime. Or terrorists, even organised terrorists. Those groups have always existed, always will, and they’ll always operate on the fringes of society. Societal pressures have done a good job of keeping them that way. It’s much more dangerous when those in power use that power to subvert trust. Specifically, I am thinking of governments and corporations.

Bruce Schneier, on Trust

Schneier on Security (blog)


Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive (Google Books)


The TSA’s mission is to make them look good and to keep them viable, to get more money. Kind of like drug “warriors”. Jokes.

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