Once upon a time in the future
Once upon a time in the future
Bad news: A major vulnerability has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr. Our team took immediate action to fix the issue, but you should still take some time to change your password, not only here but on any other sites you visit.
You should also strongly consider enabling two-factor authentication. It’ll go a long way to ensure that no one besides you can access your account. Thanks, and take care.
If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen. But if you absolutely must walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that could make that action safer.
Gmail’s new-ish tabbed inbox offers the mechanized convenience of sorting all of your solicitations—your Groupons and Gap coupons—into one pile away from your more important email. Right now, that pile—called the Promotions Tab—looks like any other tower of email. But in a new Gmail update, Google has transformed the design from list to Pinterest, with a grid of minimal white cards driven by prominent photos (along with a corporate logo, one-line summary, and the option to star or trash the deal).
Wow, that’s actually a good idea.
Enemies of the Internet 2014
Natalia Radzina of Charter97, a Belarusian news website whose criticism of the government is often censored, was attending an OSCE-organized conference in Vienna on the Internet and media freedom in February 2013 when she ran into someone she would rather not have seen: a member of the Operations and Analysis Centre, a Belarusian government unit that coordinates Internet surveillance and censorship. It is entities like this, little known but often at the heart of surveillance and censorship systems in many countries, that Reporters Without Borders is spotlighting in this year’s Enemies of the Internet report, which it is releasing, as usual, on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (12 March).
- Bahrain: No Internet spring
- United Arab Emirates: Tracking “cyber-criminals”
- USA: NSA symbolises intelligence services’ abuses
- Cuba: Long live freedom (but not for the Internet)!
- Syria: online tracking is a family affair
- Iran: Cyberspace ayatollahs
- Russia: control from the top down
- Arms trade fairs: Surveillance dealerships
- Saudi Arabia: prime centre of content blocking
- United Kingdom: World champion of surveillance
- Belarus: Apparatus of repression
- Uzbekistan: Welcome to digital tyranny
- Pakistan: Upgraded censorship
- India: Big Brother up and running
- Vietnam: Targeting bloggers
- China: Electronic Great Wall getting taller
- Turkmenistan: News black hole
- North Korea: the Web as a pawn in the power game
- Sudan: Scoring high in censorship
- Ethiopia: full online powers
One step closer to flip-flop weather
MIT News (02/26/14) Peter Dizikes
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Senseable City Lab recently conducted a study showing that social media messages grow shorter as the volume of…