Government requests for Facebook account data were up 27 percent in the first half of 2016 compared with the second half of 2015, according to the social network’s latest Global Government Requests Report.
The social media landscape continues to evolve in sometimes predictable, oftentimes surprising ways, as new technologies, platforms and methods of content delivery arise to grab hold of our imagination and continually alter how we communicate.
Silicon Valley mogul and Trump fanboy transition advisor, Peter Thiel may have, once again, proven that he is the biggest douchebag of the year. Not only does he think higher education is a waste of time, he’s also so disenfranchised by the real world that he invested in the Seasteading Institute –
A technique called “domain fronting” makes the app’s encrypted traffic look no different from a Google search.
The Tor Project’s “Ten Principles for User Protection in Hostile States” is both thoughtful and thought-provoking — it’s a list that excites my interest as someone who cares about the use of technology in improving lives and organizing political movements (principle 1 is “Do not rely on the law to protect systems or users” — a call to technologists — while number 7 is aimed at companies, “Invest in cryptographic R&D to replace non-cryptographic systems” and principle 2 says “Prepare policy commentary for quick response to crisis,” which suggests that the law, while not reliable, can’t be ignored); and also as a science fiction writer (check out those tags! “Acausal trade,” “Pluralistic singularity” and “Golden path”! Yowza!