We, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it.
Google has announced that the next generation of its Android operating system will encrypt data by default, making it impossible for law enforcement to scrape personal information directly from users’ smartphones and tablets.
In a continent where women make up a majority of the population and half of the workforce, it is an anomaly that the percentage working in technology is less than 15%. This represents a vast pool of talent, and there are people trying to put it right.
On Wednesday, drag queens and similar performers began complaining of problems with their Facebook profiles. Artists from across the country reported being forcibly logged out of their accounts and informed that they would need to update their profiles with their legal names in order to lift the suspension.
A reminder to iPhone owners cheering Apple’s latest privacy win: Just because Apple will no longer help police to turn your smartphone inside out doesn’t mean it can prevent the cops from vivisecting the device on their own.
As part of a publicity campaign for his book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did one of Reddit’s 'Ask Me Anything' group interviews, and talked about Bitcoin, Google and its chairman Eric Schmidt, and what the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS.
A revolution is afoot in privacy regulation. In an assortment of white papers and articles, business leaders —i ncluding Microsoft — and scholars argue that instead of regulating privacy through limiting the collection of data, we should focus on how the information is used.
Notch and the two other co-founders are set to leave as part of the deal that focuses on mega-hit Minecraft. An investor release claims Microsoft expects to break even on the acquisition by the end of June 2015.