Trust Digest 104 (July 13, 2015)


Security Experts Oppose Government Access to Encrypted Communication

An elite group of security technologists has concluded that the American and British governments cannot demand special access to encrypted communications without putting the world’s most confidential data and critical infrastructure in danger.

Key Words: Security, Silicon Valley, Privacy, Encryption, Government, Access

Trust Issues: Alignment of Interest, Power, Predictability, Integrity, Situational Security


Europe has made Greece a terrible offer, and the Greek government thinks it’s ‘very bad’

Greece isn't thrilled with the latest offer it's been presented by the Eurogroup.

And, of course, they shouldn't be: The offer is indeed terrible (as well as insulting).

Key Words: Greece, Offer, Bailout, Eurogroup, Debt, Proposal, Debt Restructure, Insulting

Trust Issues: Conflict of Interest, Risk Tolerance, Adjustment, Power


At Comic-Con, Faith-Based Entertainment Stays in Shadows

What would Jesus do at Comic-Con? Perhaps work the miracle of getting some attention from the comics crowd.

Faith-based entertainment, though it is increasingly a staple of mainstream movie and television studios, had only a small visible presence among the zombies, “Star Wars” Stormtroopers and, of course, superheroes whose annual Comic-Con International fan convention at the San Diego Convention Center ended on Sunday.

Key Words: Mainstream Movie,  Bible,  God, Convention Center, Cultural Presence

Trust Issues: Benevolent Concern, Adjustment, Communication, Situational Security


Rising Economic Insecurity Tied to Decades-Long Trend in Employment Practices

When the California Labor Commissioner’s Office ruled last month that an Uber driver was an employee deserving of a variety of workplace protections — and was not, as the company maintained, an independent contractor — it highlighted the divided feelings many Americans have about what is increasingly being called the “gig economy.”

Key Words: Gig Economy, Uber, Insecurity, Middle-class, Motivation, Income, Discouraging

Trust Issues: Risk Tolerance, Situational Security, Power, Capability, Adjustment


The New Reddit C.E.O.’s Many Challenges

Steve Huffman has just walked into what may be one of the most difficult jobs in Silicon Valley.

As the new chief executive of Reddit, the hugely popular online message board, Mr. Huffman is set to face intense scrutiny from the site’s users over even the tiniest management decision. And he has inherited ill will that has festered for years between a small staff and the millions of community members that make up, and largely govern, the site.

Key Words: Steve Huffman, Silicon Valley, Employee Dismissal,  Behavior, improving, Morale

Trust Issues: Benevolent Concern, Integrity, Predictability, Alignment of Interests, Risk tolerance


Airbnb was rejected by seven investors who could have had 10 percent of the company for $150,000 in 2008

It's often remarked that the most successful entrepreneurs refuse to be deterred by rejection. The story of Airbnb, the home-rental service now valued at a whopping $25.5 billion, provides yet another example of why that trait is so important.

Key Words: $25.5 billion, $150,000, $1.5 million valuation, Brian Chesky, Startup, VC firm

Trust Issues: Alignment of Interests, Capability, Risk Tolerance, Similarities, Predictability


Donald Trump just gave an amazingly surreal speech in Las Vegas

Donald Trump just gave one of the most bizarrely captivating speeches of his several-weeks-old campaign. Standing in front of an animated screen in Las Vegas on Saturday, Trump spoke passionately for almost a half an hour, hitting some of his main talking points: President Barack Obama's weakness, a 'porous' southern border, his business successes, and even Benghazi.

Key Words: Business Success, Benghazi, Weakness, Illegal Immigration, Criticism, Shaw, Mexico

Trust Issues: Predictability, Power, Adjustment, Alignment of Interests, Capability, Integrity


This Steve Jobs quote perfectly sums up the key to success

In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple after a 12-year absence. The company he had co-founded was running out of cash and close to bankruptcy.

Jobs held a staff meeting and explained the role passion would play in revitalizing the brand:

"Apple is not about making boxes for people to get their jobs done, although we do that well. Apple is about something more. Its core value is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better."

Key Words: Apple, Change, Passion, Entrepreneur, Creativity, Schultz, Clark, Mission, Relentless

Trust Issues: Power, Risk Tolerance, Situational Security, Communication, Similarities


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