12/17/2020 at 23:00 •
We've just recently released a version that implements RSA encryption.
What is RSA you might ask?
In a very basic (and over-simplified) way of putting it, RSA is an encryption scheme requiring two keys: one key, called the public key, is released to the devices and is used to encrypt the information; on the other hand, the other key called the private key is used to decrypt the information. If you want to learn more, there's a great video you can check out here.
This means that even if we release a public key for everyone to use for encryption, only the person with the private key will be able to effectively have access to everybody's data. This isn't just an issue of data protection, it also becomes a question of trust.
Who do we trust with our information? Are we comfortable that only a certain authority or agency will have a monopoly on the data we create, let alone data about Us?
These are important questions to ponder, primarily because it's central to this system. Whether you're using this as a requirement to get into your grocery store, or you're on the other end, trying to wrap around these question when you're implementing this system, trust is a tricky issue to navigate, especially if one party has a bigger bargaining chip.
However way you want to address these concerns, please remember that trust can be as much as about gains versus losses as it is about empathy and understanding. Rather than concerning ourselves with defensively covering for our own, what if we start thinking about getting to know the other side of the story, considering things at another person's point of view?
Doing so can open a lot of doors in fully comprehending issues in context, and we can solve problems in a much lighter and more effective means, since we're going to right to the source itself. People who use our products or systems are the best people to tell us about their experience, and the subsequent problems they might encounter.
Please note however that we're not talking about heaps of feedback forms and the blind block of the suggestions box. We're talking about having conversations. Sometimes, a light interview with key people or a nice chat with acquaintances who might've happened to use our system is far more effective way in understanding the situation. Trust is not just about a one-way relation, it's building a rapport. When you start thinking this way, people will catch on and notice.
This way will take a lot more time and effort, but we believe it's a much better alternative, a more human approach. Our hope is that when you get to implement this system, take our advice and go on with an empathetic disposition. We thought it important to let your read this first, before we give full instructions on how this system can be implemented in the next log.
12/16/2020 at 07:51 •
The system's finally ready for a pre-release. What is it for you ask?
We at Startec Innovations believe in a Human-centered Approach to design. We wouldn't want to release something that isn't fit for function, or that wouldn't really benefit our target audience.
Despite this however, we'd want people to be able to use the technology as soon as possible. Our philosophy revolves around increasing access, in order to increase engagement to our tech-base, from developers, tinkerers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs.
The more people, the more ideas. The more perspectives the richer, or more contextual the conversations - the richer the design iterations.
We firmly believe diversity is a strength.