Weekend Reads 052722

networks and policy

Leading off this weekend, an article by Simon Sharwood on the impact of the centralization of the Internet. I wrote a somewhat longer article on the Public Discourse a while back on the same topic.

The internet has become smaller, the result of a rethinking of when and where to use the ‘net’s intended architecture. In the process it may also have further concentrated power in the hands of giant technology companies.

Is softwarization really going to change the way we build networks from the ground up? I suspect things will change, but they’ve always changed. I also suspect we’ll be hearing about how software is going to eat the world ten years from now, and IPv6 still won’t be fully deployed.

DOCSIS 4.0 is set to deliver faster speeds for cable network operators, but the next generation technology will also spur an operational sea change, telecom consultant Sean McDevitt told Fierce.

By default, the Docker server configures container networks for IPv4-only, so I had a hard time running it in this environment.

security and other technologies

This one on Costa Rica is a serious warning—

A ransomware gang that infiltrated some Costa Rican government computer systems has upped its threat, saying its goal is now to overthrow the government.

A soda can, a smartphone stand, or any shiny, lightweight desk decoration could pose a threat of eavesdropping, even in a soundproof room, if an attacker can see the object, according to a team of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Deception is a powerful resilience tactic that provides observability into attack operations, deflects impact from production systems, and advises resilient system design.

The push for open source isn’t limited just to software; in fact, there’s quite a big push for open-source hardware as well, and RISC-V is leading the charge.

work and life

The recent corporate pushback against working from remote locations (referred to, unfortunately, as work from home) is both self-destructive and bizarre.

With a 2% unemployment rate, the tech industry is rethinking what job applicants need to get hired. Skills-based hiring is on the rise, and 59% of employers are considering eliminating college degree requirements — changes that could reshape the IT workforce.

Companies have utilized technology that attempts to assess if an employee is trustworthy, The New York Times reports. Some software can offer nearly constant evaluations and watch for suspicious computer behavior, review employee credit reports and arrest records.