April 23, 2024

Welcome to the new Freedom to Tinker

Welcome to the new, redesigned Freedom to Tinker. Beyond giving it a new look, we have rebuilt the site as a blogging community, to highlight the contributions of more authors. The front page and main RSS feed will offer a combination of posts from all authors. We have also added a blog page (and feed) for each author, so you can read posts by your favorite author or subscribe to your favorite author’s RSS feed. Over time, Freedom to Tinker has evolved from a single-author blog into a group effort, and these changes better recognize the efforts of all of our authors.

Along with the redesign, we’re thrilled to add three authors to our roster: Tim Lee, Paul Ohm, and Yoshi Kohno.

Tim Lee is a prominent tech policy analyst, journalist, and blogger who has written for sites such as Ars Technica, Techdirt, and the Technology Liberation Front. He is now a computer science grad student at Princeton, and a member of the Center for Information Technology Policy.

Paul Ohm is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, specializing in computer crime law,criminal procedure, intellectual property, and information privacy. He worked previously as a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice; and before law school he worked as a computer programmer and network administrator.

Yoshi Kohno is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on assessing and improving the security and privacy properties of current and future technologies. In 2007 he was recognized by MIT’s Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. He is known for his research on the security of implantable medical devices and voting machines, among other technologies.

Finally, Freedom to Tinker is now officially hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. A major goal of CITP is to foster discussion of infotech policy issues, so it makes sense for CITP to host this kind of blog community for CITP members and friends.

We hope you enjoy the new Freedom to Tinker. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.


  1. All the posting dates seem to have been reset to Sept 17, 2008, even if they were originally posted earlier. Is there any way to recover that information? I see that the dates on the comments remain correct, so maybe the posting date could be set to the date of the earliest comment?

  2. It’s a nice clean look. But could you move the main text a few pixels to the right, away from the left edge of the page? It’s distracting to have the letters right up against the edge. Compare the main text body to the comment texts to see what I mean.

  3. Thanks for pointing out the problems; we’ll get to work on them.

    Khurt asked which platform we’re using. It’s Drupal, with some customization.

  4. I’m missing the list of links to related blogs that used to be on the bottom right of the page – it made Freedom to tinker a great starting point for my trips around the blogosphere.

    Is it somewhere else on the site now?

  5. see how it goes.

    Hey… preview button!

  6. A welcome change. What blogging platform was used? It looks like WordPress. What plugin was used for the author images in the right sidebar?

  7. I R A Darth Aggie says

    Nice, easy to read, must not have much javascripting going on – displays fine with NoScript in a “deny” mode. Great picture, too!

  8. I was inspired by the list of tags to revisit some old posts, but a lot of them seem to be horribly truncated.

    For instance, probably http://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/ed-felten/2003/04/07/whats-goal-super-dmca didn’t end in the middle of its second sentence when it was first posted?

  9. NoScript 1.8 on Firefox, using Privoxy over Tor.

    “We are sorry, but the spam filter on this site decided that your submission could be spam. Please fill in the CAPTCHA first.”

    No CAPTCHA visible.

    <a> tag deleted from second try.

  10. Nice looks!