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Splitting public-policy from technical material at Computer securityEdit

  FYI: Pointer to relevant discussion elsewhere.

Please see Talk:Computer security#Some initial ideas on a split and an overhaul.

Summary: The present article is a mish-mash of material of a general nature (technical, academic, practices, history, terms, incidents, notable-figures) and material of a socio-political nature (infrastructural, regulatory, legal, corporate, financial, espionage and cyberwar, public impacts).

This started as an RM discussion but turned into a scope one. I've proposed that a Cybersecurity article (using the term favored in technology-and-public-policy circles) should be a spinoff, per WP:SUMMARY, for the second group of material, leaving the bulk of the more general info at Computer security (the basic, non-jargon, descriptive term for the field). This would be in keeping with Cyberwarfare, Internet privacy, Internet censorship, Genetically modified food controversies, and numerous other clear splits between technology and technology policy articles (sometimes multiple such articles, e.g. Electronic cigaretteRegulation of electronic cigarettes, Safety of electronic cigarettes, and several others – but let's just start with one here).

I've done a section-by-section review of what needs to be done, but it's just one opinion, so additional input is sought.

Crypto: In particular, cryptography has had a huge but radically different role in both actual computer security (which would be essentially impossible without it), and computing and telecommunications policy (where its been subject to attempts to suppress public availability of the good stuff, from the Clipper Chip fiasco, to CALEA, to "Apple, give us an iPhone back door or else", to the US govt. for years classifying strong crypto as a "munition" and threatening prosecution of software deveopers for not having a "munitions export license" to have non-trivial crypto in their downloadable products, and so on). Perhaps in crypto we have the sharpest indication of a distinction between computer science as a technical topic versus governmental ideas about "cybersecurity" (which may equate to "you shouldn't have any we can't break") in the technology policy realm.  — SMcCandlish ¢ >ʌⱷ҅ʌ<  10:43, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Bitcoin RFCEdit

Please stop by and vote on an RFC Talk:Bitcoin_scalability_problem#RFC_article_naming,_removing_"problem"_from_article_name_for_NPOV . Thanks Jtbobwaysf (talk) 11:49, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Stablecoins -- informational contentEdit

Hi I'm Jess and I work for the stablecoin project called MakerDAO:

I'm quite new here but I was hoping to create a wikipedia page that overviews stablecoins and the different types e.g. collateral backed, seiginorage shares, centralized IOU's as well as a wikipedia page that overviews the MakerDAO project.

I'm aware of potential conflict of interests so I am wondering what is the best way to approach creating this kind of content.

I do see that Tether has had a wikipedia page since December but besides this I only see a wiktionary definition of stablecoins.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations! JessSalomon-Maker (talk) 19:47, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

In fact, here below is a draft of the page I have made so far. I would very much appreciate feedback!

User:JessSalomon-Maker/MakerDAO —Preceding undated comment added 19:58, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

I recommend not creating the pages at all. Note that Wikipedia strongly discourages editing with a conflict of interest. See Wikipedia:Conflict of interest. If independent, reliable sources have already published significant coverage on a given topic, the article will likely be written sooner or later by someone without a conflict. If such coverage does not yet exist, the article shouldn't anyway. I note that your draft doesn't cite any sources at all. At any rate, this is just an encyclopedia and doesn't need to have an article on every new thing right away. You might want to question your reasons for wanting the articles to exist. It's understandable that you would be excited about the project you're working on and want to get the word out, but that's exactly why you're the wrong person to do it. Ntsimp (talk) 20:03, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
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