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Attack ideas, not people!

Yesterday I had a twitter exchange that I thought about alot longer than I probably should have and decided to write a bit more about it.

When I was managing a team I often had to be a sounding board, or use a team member, mentor, or colleague as a sounding board, and the best people weren't afraid to shred my ideas (usually with constructive criticism, but sometimes with their facial expressions or reactions).

It always stings a little when someone blunty tears down an idea, especially one that you have become emotionally, personally, or financially invested in.

Yesterday ...

Being An Ally

I have considered myself "an ally" in the past.  Being helpful, listening to others, advocating for the right opportunities.  It would be easy to make a list of the things I deserve credit for, but instead I will list some things I have done wrong in the last few weeks:

  • Participated in a joke about domestic abuse
  • Laughed at jokes that were derogatory in nature
  • Remained silent when I knew something was wrong

The key thing about these three behaviours is not that I did them because I thought they were funny, or because I thought it was OK.  I ...

Criminalizing Curiousity

First a little background, I work in information security, and have since 2003.  I currently manage a web security team at Mozilla, and work on a range of sites and services, and in the past I have worked in global finance (HSBC Canada, and HSBC Software Delivery), and for the Government of Manitoba.  I have built a career on helping protect and defend exactly the sort of systems that were affected by the Heartbleed sotware bug.

As a bug, Heartbleed was pretty bad (not exactly the 11/10 that Schneier described), but serious.  There have been a ton of write-ups ...

With Politicians Like These... Part II



Today CBC reported that the Canadian Government declined to provide information on which software is banned for use on Canadian Government systems, and open source alternatives.

Peter Van Loan (Government House Leader, MP - York-Simcoe) reported that it was not feasible as it would require a manual inventory.

"In order to produce such information to the level of detail requested, organizations would need to manually verify each and every hardware item maintained by the organization," Government House Leader Peter Van Loan said in his response.  "The collection and compilation of such data would take several months. Therefore, it is not possible ...

Mozilla is worthy of your trust.

I love working at Mozilla.

That is all there is to say about it.  I work on stuff I like, I work with people who are smarter than me, and that teach me new things all the time.  They tolerate my social peculiarities without making me feel bad for being a little less social and different than other people.  These are the things that make me like my job.

The reason I love working at Mozilla is because of community.  I have spent the last 10 years of my career trying to participate in and develop communities around security, privacy ...