Pino’s thoughts

The social danger of Internet Activism

While I write this article, we are in June 2018. I feel that it is about time for an old activist like myself to chime in about the phenomenon of Internet Activism, also known as Clicktivism, Slacktivism and Hashtagtivism depending on who writes about it....

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) practical impact on software architecture

Abstract — During the two years grace period after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published, most companies have not prepared to become compliant. On the 25th of May 2018 GDPR comes into full force, and the typical last-minute patchwork is what we see going on almost everywhere, especially in the software and data processing industry. The effort made by all last-minute Data Protection Officers is to ensure the less costly patchwork to be implemented, leaving de facto the company exposed to huge fines established by the GDPR. In this paper I identify the mandatory steps to make a software architecture GDPR compliant, looking at the legal instrument and keeping in mind that we are required to implement “data protection by design and by default”.

How to securely store user credentials

The most common mistake is storing passwords in clear text, accompanied by the equally dangerous mistake of sending them in clear text over the network, the latter based on the naïve assumption that an SSL connection grants enough security. SSL connectivity alone...

Women in Games, Latinos in Technology and so on

I have spent my whole life since I was 13 (I’m 57 while I’m writing this) as a front-line Human Rights activist. I fought the good fight when women were treated like objects in western countries like Italy, France, USA, and it was a hard fight. Same applies to...

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