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James Bond — Skyfall (2012)

Seeing James Bond — Skyfall again allowed me to savor a film, which skilfully mocks Holywoodian clichés. One scene in particular is rich in teaching: Daniel Craig — archetype of the alpha male — is tied up by a Javier Bardem openly playing on his sexual ambiguity. Mentioning homosexuality in a blockbuster destined for the global market is an encouraging sign of a changing world. The playboy in the service of his Majesty finds himself in an awkward position trying to regain the psychological ascendancy. The wolf turned sheep is never more human in my opinion than at that time.


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Hardly a day goes by without another cyberattack hitting the headlines with alarming messages and sensational numbers. Far from an ethical vision to democratize information, cybercriminals target both individuals and large multinationals. In France, February 2021 was marked by two attacks on hospitals via Ramsomware. In this context of a global pandemic, the immorality of these attacks caused a deep stir, forcing French President Emmanuel Macron to retaliate by significantly strengthening the country’s cyber defense means. Behind this announcement effect, it is interesting to look at the figures in order to better understand the reality of cyber attacks.

What are…


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In the first part, I mentioned the impact that electronic mass surveillance could have on individuals. Even if little is known about it, solutions exist to reduce personal exposure to services that profile our uses. The first two pillars on which I have based my data anonymization are the following:

  • Avoiding the use of platforms whose purpose is to resell my personal data.
  • Protect my communications through services using cryptography

However, these solutions are only part of the answer. The most significant step that allowed me to bypass mass Internet surveillance was to leave Google.

Before going any further, I…


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If electronic surveillance seems to become the norm in our modern societies, it is above all because information is an individual’s primary wealth. Its administrative data allows to define his identity, his patrimony and his professional activity. The data from his social networks or email messaging allow to know more about his tastes, his aspirations and his buying behaviors. Finally, electronic devices (mainly smartphones, but more generally all connected devices, cars, home automation, drones, etc.) complete the landscape by enabling individuals’ physical activity (their geolocalized movements) to be linked to their virtual behavior.

In this increasingly dematerialized economy, is it…


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In the summer of 2013, Edward Snowden’s revelations brought to light the existence of electronic mass surveillance in the United States. Beyond the American example, it was the whole of the democracies erected as paragons of virtue in the face of authoritarian regimes that were questioned in their foundation — individual liberties.

This event is symbolic because it took place during the presidency of Barack Obama, leader of the free world and symbol of progressivism. …


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Few areas today carry as much mystery and fantasy as cybersecurity. Popularized by works such as Matrix or more recently Mr. Robot, computer security feeds a collective imagination in search of re-enchantment of reality. Man in his quest for omnipotence has never ceased to describe the unspeakable in order to replace the divine with the lights of knowledge. As natural phenomena were clarified and mysteries elucidated, the magic of Mother Nature disappeared as Marcel Gauchet describes it so well in his book “The disenchantment of the world”. …

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