Source: Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash “Security Theater” is a phrase credited to Bruce Schneier and it has been on my mind a lot in recent days. It is generally defined as actions and initiatives that give the illusion or feeling of increased security without providing any benefit that can be empirically demonstrated. Given the uncertain world in which we currently live, it is completely understandable that we would gravitate towards actions that might seem to minimize the risk of infection. However, we will be most effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and in protecting ourselves if we focus our efforts on the few actions with broadly agreed upon direct positive impact. During the early days of lockdown, I was rubbing grocery packages down with alcohol before putting them away, sure that it was the right thing to do—and now I am arguing with family and friends telling them that doing the same is probably unnecessary, and a potential waste of time and energy. Somewhere between sharing a pitcher of beer at a crowded party, and locking yourself in your apartment alone, there has to be a reasonable way forward. We keep hearing about the “new normal,” but maybe this is it. Hopefully, there will be an… Read full this story
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