EIC 2016 in Munich

Like the other attendees, I very much enjoyed the Kuppinger Cole European Identity and Cloud Conference (EIC) 2016 held in Munich in May.  The conference is growing by leaps and bounds but still provides plenty of opportunity for interaction and exchange of information.   Run by Europeans for Europeans, it provides great insights for those of us from outside the EU and gives us …

Biometric hand scans and reinforced concrete: The history of the secret FISA court

Four-and-a-half years ago, an artist visited the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. — where cameras are forbidden — to draw a rendering of its fortified entrance and location. (Lindsay Young) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is not exactly a place where journalists or members of the public …

Thirty-two frightening snapshots of a hanging. And no one knew who the victims were – until now.

An unknown photographer captured the hanging of Ferenc Szalasi, known as the “Hungarian Hitler.” He and three others were executed on March 12, 1946. The 32 black-and-white snapshots were like frames from a disturbing home movie —  four men marched to the gallows and hanged one by one. There’s a large crowd of onlookers present. Many are …