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GCHQ – The stable door is open and the horse has bolted!

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The new head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan writing in the FT today has warned US technology companies such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp are aiding terrorist organisations by providing social media messaging that may be used to promote their cause. He further goes on to add that encrypting messages which is now routinely available can add further challenges to the security services.

So is Electronic Cash the Holy Grail of Payments?

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What is electronic cash?

We generally think of cash as a way to give somebody money, which is an asset, to a shop keeper, colleague or even a member of the family. The core characteristics are that it is direct and immediate.

The Evolution of Digital Currency - MintChip

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At the Digital Money Forum London in May Marc Brule the CFO of the Royal Canadian Mint outlined the research they have been doing on the evolution of currency. He explained the need to be able to handle cash like transactions on the internet and how it might be achieved by an asset transfer model.

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Today cash is still widely used, but in the future one imagines that cash as we know it today will disappear.

Microexpert set out in the streets of Littlehampton to gauge the public’s view of cash. Our reporter Janina interviewed local people, and the videos can be viewed here.

Java HttpsURLConnection building up to Client Certificates

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Https Connection

URL url = new URL("https://www.google.com"); HttpsURLConnection urlConnection = (HttpsURLConnection) url.openConnection(); BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(urlConnection.getInputStream())); String inputLine; while ((inputLine = in.readLine()) != null) { System.out.println(inputLine); } in.close(); 


The java code above successfully creates a https connection and spouts out the returned html in text.

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