Archive for June, 2009

A “Clear” Case of Failure

Clear, the “trusted traveler” program that allowed customers to bypass airport security lines, has shut down. ┬áThe story is an interesting case of bureaucratic disincentives and general failure around the whole mess known as airport security. A privately-run alternative to the TSA’s Registered Traveller program, Clear started out with what seemed like a good idea […]

risk, society, terrorism

False Expense Service Reveals the Trouble With Documents

There’s been some news coverage lately about FalseExpense.com, a service that produces fake receipts to order “for novelty use only.” The obvious purpose of this is to help people scam their companies’ expense reporting system by “padding” receipts. ┬áPeople who are reimbursed for hotel, meals, etc. can create receipts for slightly more than they actually […]

attacks, authentication, legal, society