New Principles for Privacy-Preserving Queries for Distributed Data

Here are the three (3) principles for privacy-preserving computation based on the Enigma P2P distributed multi-party computation model:

(a) Bring the Query to the Data: The current model is for the querier to fetch copies of all the data-sets from the distributed nodes, then import the data-sets into the big data processing infra and then run queries. Instead, break-up the query into components (sub-queries) and send the query pieces to the corresponding nodes on the P2P network.

(b) Keep Data Local: Never let raw data leave the node. Raw data must never leaves its physical location or the control of its owner. Instead, nodes that carry relevant data-sets execute sub-queries and report on the result.

(c) Never Decrypt Data: Homomorphic encryption remains an open field of study. However, certain types of queries can be decomposed into rudimentary operations (such as additions and multiplications) on encrypted data that would yield equivalent answers to the case where the query was run on plaintext data.


Atmel to support EPID from Intel

One important news item this week from the IoT space is the support by Atmel of Intel’s EPID technology.

Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) grew from the work of Ernie Brickell and Jiangtao Li based on previous work on Direct Anonymous Attestations (DAA).  DAA is very relevant because it is built-in into the TPM1.2 chip (of which there are several hundred million in PC machines).

Here is a quick summary of EPID:

  • EPID is a special digital signature scheme.
  • One public key corresponds to multiple private keys.
  • Private key generates a EPID signature.
  • EPID signature can be verified using the public key.

Interesting Security Properties:

  • Anonymous/Unlinkable: Given two EPID signatures one cannot determine whether they are generated from one or two private keys.
  • Unforgeable: Without a private key one cannot create a valid signature.


Ubud Writers Festival, Southeast Asia’s largest literary event

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015

For literary and book enthusiasts, there’s no better time to visit Bali than for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting literary event. This year’s festival is scheduled to run from October 28 to November 1.

Last year, this event attracting over 26,000 literature-lovers. “It’s not the most popular in terms of audience size but among the authors it’s kind of a darling of the festivals because it’s a really lovely experience,” said Janet De Neefe, UWRF founder. But her idea –when initiated this event twelve years ago– is clear: she wanted to “reclaim” Bali from the terrorists and celebrate the world of ideas.

The festival itself is named ‘one of the six best literary festivals in the world!’ by Harper’s Bazaar UK.

One of the most popular travel blogs in Asia, Travelfish, described UWRF as “Southeast Asia’s literary event of the year“. Check-out the blog’s suggestions for getting the most out of the festival, which can be a very intense, fast moving four days and nights of panels, events and fun.

If you are keen, you can secure your spot at Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting event here!

The UWRF has announced their First Release of writers, thinkers and artists:


Anchee Min

Anchee Min is the author of eight books including the memoirs Red Azalea and The Cooked Seed and historical novels Becoming Madam Mao, Empress Orchid..


Andreas Harsono

With a passion for human rights issues spanning religious violence, freedom of expression and Papua, this journalist also wrote the anthology Journalism is My ‘Religion’.


Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma was born in Nigeria. A recipient of Hopwood awards in fiction and poetry, his works have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and Transition.


Eka Kurniawan

This author of eight published books – several of which have been translated into foreign languages, including the forthcoming Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger.

Web_Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto’s debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize for women’s writing. Emily lives in Melbourne where she runs a bar called Heartattack and Vine.


Galuh Wandita

Together with the East Timorese community, Galuh has worked extensively on humanitarian issues in the region, going on to key appointments at the Timor-Leste truth commission…

Web_Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simison

Graeme Simison is a Melbourne-based writer. His first novel, The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay before being adapted into a novel.

Web_Hyeonseo Lee

Hyeonseo Lee

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She recently published her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, in numerous countries throughout the world.


Linda Christanty

This author and journalist received the Southeast Asian Writers Award in 2013, and has penned Maria Pinto’s Flying Horse, Selma’s Secret, Don’t Write That We Are Terrorists

Web_Mazin Qumsiyeh

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Professor Qumsiyeh teaches and conducts research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities and is director of the main clinical cytogenetics laboratory.


Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is the author of three award-winning novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

Web_Nam Le

Nam Le

Born in Vietnam and raised in Australia, Le’s collection The Boat was translated into 14 languages and received over a dozen awards.


Nia Dinata

Born in Jakarta, and studying in Pennsylvania and New York, Nia has since worked on various projects, mostly for TV.


Okky Madasari

Founder of the ASEAN Literary Festival, Okky’s 2012 novel Maryam revolved around people who are displaced due to their beliefs.


Putu Oka Sukanta

Putu Oka Sukanta, born in Bali in 1939, is a writer and editor of fiction and non-fiction. He has written novels, poetry, collections of stories.


Raj Kamal Jha

Raj Kamal Jha is Chief Editor of The Indian Express which has won the International Press Institute’s India Award for Excellence in Journalism three times.


Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Seno’s works reflect the undying rebel in his heart, tackling political oppression and state-sponsored violence, a dangerous taboo during the New Order regime.

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Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna is an award-winning author for children and adults. Her many books have been published throughout the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia.


The Wheelers

Tony and Maureen Wheeler founded Lonely Planet Publications in 1973, after having travelled overland from Europe to Asia and arriving home with 27 cents to spare.

Web_Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico and grew up in South Africa. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd.

Backers from Indonesia on keezel’s Indiegogo campaign



Founded in 2015 by experienced entrepreneurs Aike Müller and Friso Schmid, keezel is an Amsterdam based company that helps Internet users enjoy their online freedom.

According to Schmid, they are currently raising funding on Indiegogo –and it’s going great. “We have quite some Indonesian backers and we know that VPN is really popular in Indonesia,” he said in an email correspondence.

Protection on WiFi networks now available for the non-tech savvy. Keezel works with VPN technology, “but we have made sure that it’s so simple that grandma can use it,” he said.

The co-founder claimed that keezel is the world’s first portable online freedom device. They partner with world class VPN providers with servers worldwide.

By using this portable online device, users could:

  • Stop others from seeing what you do online
  • Visit blocked websites all over the world
  • Watch the TV shows, sports games and other programs you love, but can’t reach
  • Secure all your devices with just one keezel, no installation needed
  • Be part of the worldwide keezel network, combining the best providers into the largest and most resilient VPN network
Working at a coffee table with MacBook & keezel

Working at a coffee table with MacBook & keezel

Check-out their press release:

Keezel reaches 100% of crowdfunding goal in 4 days

AMSTERDAM – In 4 days Amsterdam based startup keezel reaches 100% of their crowd funding goal of USD $60.000 on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. More than 375 people backed the campaign since it went live on monday. A strong signal that people want a secure, free and open internet. With the raised funding, keezel can bring its product to the market. Although the campaign is already 100% funded, it will remain open for backers on Indiegogo for another 37 days.

“We believe that everyone should have access to secure, free and open internet, everywhere in the world and on any device. Security and privacy should be available for everyone, not just the tech savy. With the keezel we want to make a difference. Our campaign backers live all over the world and they are as excited about the campaign success as we are. With the funding of our backers we can bring keezel to the masses.” ~Aike Müller, co-founder and CEO of keezel

Keezel is the user friendly way to online freedom and privacy for all of us. A device designed in the Netherlands providing secured WiFi at the tap of a button. Using keezel, users can protect their online identity and activities with increased control over their own internet usage. Keezel safeguards personal and business data completely wirelessly. Also, most of us are addicted to TV-shows, sports games and social media but not all content is accessible everywhere, due to geographic restrictions. Keezel allows users to access online content wherever they are.

Photos courtesy keezel

keezel co-founders Aike Müller and Friso Schmid

keezel co-founders Aike Müller and Friso Schmid

keezel with Apple Tv in living room.

keezel with Apple Tv in living room.

Indonesia’s director Joko Anwar directing new TV series for HBO Asia

Joko Anwar

Joko Anwar

One of Indonesia’s prominent film directors, Joko Anwar, is writing and directing Halfworlds, an 8-part original series for HBO Asia.

Halfworlds, a dark fantasy thriller “that takes places in a version of modern-day Jakarta that is populated by supernatural creatures”,  is the fourth series produced by HBO Asia, after Dead Mine (2012), Serangoon Road (2013) and Grace (2014).

Twitchfilm wrote:

Production is well underway and now we have our first look at the show, described as a dark thriller that “reveals a hidden universe in the alleys and backstreets of present day Jakarta where an underground society of demons known as the Demits have lived among us for centuries. As the series unfolds, this delicate balance is disrupted and will bring mortals and demits hurtling towards their destiny.”

Several big names are involved in this TV series, including newcomer Salvita Decorte, Arifin Putra (The Raid 2; Macabre), Reza Rahadian (Habibie & Ainun), Aimee Saras (Musical Onrop), Alex Abbad (The Raid 2), Ario Bayu (Soekarno; Serangoon Road), Adinia Wirasti (Tentang Dia; Laura & Marsha) and Hannah Al-Rashid (Ritual; V/H/S/2).

Halfworlds is expected to air by the end of the year.

Joko Anwar’s filmography

Joko Anwar's HBO Asia Series

Halfworlds: Joko Anwar’s HBO Asia Series

Joko Anwar's HBO Asia series

Halfworlds: Joko Anwar’s HBO Asia series

Joko Anwar's HBO Asia series

Halfworlds: Joko Anwar’s HBO Asia series


Bullet trains will take you to Bandung from Jakarta in 36 minutes

If everything is running well, Indonesia’s first bullet train will have a test run in 2019. With Rp200,000 (US$16) one-way ticket per person, your Jakarta-Bandung trip will take 36 minutes only! Cool, right?

Both Japan and China –which had their own historic tracks and experience in building high-speed train networks– have been competing to woo Jakarta for this mega project.

Japan is reiterating its intention to win over the Indonesian government in a bid to secure what will be the first high-speed railway project in the archipelago: by offering prices the Japanese claim to be lower than the Chinese are offering.

“We are very serious about wanting to participate in Indonesia’s infrastructure development, especially when it comes to the construction of high-speed trains,” Yoichi Miyazawa, Japan’s Minister for the Economy, Trade and Industry, told an Indonesian delegation  ̶  lead by Indonesian Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel  ̶  in Tokyo on Tuesday.

According to Miyazawa, the Japanese government is willing to offer a soft loan to cover 75 percent of the funding needed for the project, which will connect capital Jakarta with the country’s third-largest city, Bandung, West Java.

Source The Jakarta Globe

(Reuters Photo)

(Reuters Photo)


Images of internals of iPhone 6S surface on Internet

Images of Internals of iPhone 6S Surface on Internet

Images of Internals of iPhone 6S Surface on Internet

As the date of launch of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus draw near (there are speculations that Apple is planning to unveil both these phones during its annual keynote conference), more and more images of internals of iPhone 6 are surfacing over internet.

These leaked images back claims made by insiders that the company is working to make substantial changes in the internal design of the phone while leaving the outside of the new iPhone relatively unchanged.

One of these images that have been released on internet is the one carried out by French website, where one can see a single unified flex cable connecting internals of the iPhone 6S. These parts include the rear camera, the volume and power controls, and the LED flash. In comparison, Apple makes use of not one but two separate cables to achieve these connections between internal components. This image reveals the fact that there will be no respite from a protruding ring on the back of the iPhone that is the result of the rear camera. This design feature of iPhone 6 gas been criticized by its owners as it prevents the device from lying flat on its back.

Another feature of iPhone 6 that Apple has not tinkered with is its home button. One can see the same rectangular golden design option that is currently available to the owners of iPhone 6. It is expected that the company will launch both iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus this fall. There are rumors that both these phones will boast better specifications such as a faster A9 processor and an improved 2 GB of RAM. The rear and the front cameras of these devices would be of 12MP and 5MP respectively.


There are rumors doing rounds that Apple might switch to 7000 series aluminum that is believed to be tougher and lighter than aluminum used in the present iPhone 6. Many experts are also expecting Apple to take cue from its rose gold color option of Apple watch and use the same in its new iPhone 6S. However, there has been no announcement to this effect from the company so far. Only time will tell if there are only cosmetic changes in the design  of iPhone 6S or Apple decides to upgrade iPhone6 completely and introduce two totally new versions of iPhone to its loyal fans across the world.

– Monica