This week security researchers announced a newly discovered vulnerability dubbed KRACK, which affects several common security protocols for Wi-Fi, including WPA (Wireless Protected Access) and WPA2. This is a bad vulnerability in that it likely affects billions of devices, many of which are hard to patch and will remain vulnerable for a long time.
As social media platforms increasingly become the global gatekeeper, deciding what we see and don’t see, who has a voice and who is suppressed, the myriad decisions they make each day in deleting content and suspending accounts is facing increasing scrutiny for the way in which those many small choices profoundly affect our shared global discourse and understanding of the world around us. Three recent events put the impact of these choices in stark relief: the Rohingya crisis, corruption claims in China and assault allegations in the US.
Mobile messaging apps are the fastest-growing digital communications phenomenon to date. Today, more than 2.5 billion people around the world use messaging apps, a figure that is expected to rise to 3.6 billion by 2018 – that’s almost half of the world’s population. The world is concurrently seeing unprecedented numbers of people forcibly displaced from their homes, people who are often separated from the families and communities they once had close to them.
With more than 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook can keep tabs on nearly a third of the world's population. Whether you visit the social network daily (as 1.32 billion people do) or only log on to RSVP to events, you should be aware of how much of your personal data you're giving to the site, and the company behind it.