Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

News of the outcome spread across Europe, and many learned that the armada had, as expected, won the day and crushed the English fleet.For centuries, falsehoods have been shared widely as facts and stood uncorrected for months or years, even becoming accepted truth.

How to Watch NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

How to Watch NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

And the experiments get power from a battery that continuously recharges with US-made plutonium fuel .Since July, as Perseverance has been cruising toward Mars, the numerous antennae aboard have been pinging high-frequency signals to engineers back on Earth.

Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphins

Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphins

MMF scientists have studying the Burrunans for more than a decade, but the pandemic quiet has only just made it possible, via 3,000 hours of clear recordings of the animal’s noises, to begin to understand what the aquatic mammals have been saying.

How to Beat Zoom Fatigue—and Set Healthy Boundaries

How to Beat Zoom Fatigue—and Set Healthy Boundaries

Now more than six months into a global pandemic, Zoom calls have quickly become the preferred alternative to in-person interactions, whether it’s a work meeting, happy hour, wedding, or birthday celebration.

Those ‘Doomsday Planes’ Have Nothing to Do With Trump's Covid-19 Test

Those ‘Doomsday Planes’ Have Nothing to Do With Trump's Covid-19 Test

Instead, both communication relay planes and the submarines themselves must be equipped with massive antennas, and even then VLF systems are still extremely low-latency, low-bandwidth, and low-throughput, meaning it takes a long time to send very small amounts of data.

Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic

Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic

You might think some other communication (like a Slack channel) would help, but in my experience it still takes a significant effort to get all the students to use a new system.It takes extra time to get things working for remote classes.

The Tech That Can Help Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

The Tech That Can Help Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

Dog owners are able to link the device to their home Wi-Fi, and anytime their dog leaves that area the app will send push alerts to linked phones.

Hybrid Remote Work Offers the Worst of Both Worlds

Hybrid Remote Work Offers the Worst of Both Worlds

Despite recent successes with remote work, employers are reopening offices to some of their employees to encourage social bonding, reinforce culture, and increase business collaboration.If an office is the “glue”, and processes and systems don’t adapt for a remote workforce, remote team members will not feel included and will face constant communication barriers.

How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

“The inflections in our voice get lost, and we're not able to hear or emphasize body language that sometimes speaks louder than words.” Couple that with notification overload and water cooler talk spamming your work channels, and you’re bound to get a little frustrated with your colleague’s Slack usage—or vice versa.

Bernie Sanders Is Out—but He Transformed Campaigning For Good

Bernie Sanders Is Out—but He Transformed Campaigning For Good

“In so many ways, Bernie Sanders’ run in 2016 and, less so, in 2020, cemented the fact that insurgent candidates running a strong, robust challenge to institutionally validated candidates can use the internet as an extremely powerful tool,” says Daniel Kreiss, a professor of political communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

For the 2 billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information.Cathcart says WhatsApp's priority, even more so during the pandemic, is to elevate accurate information and support fact-checking organizations around the world.

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

The “MOLINK” communication system, as it’s known in military parlance, was used for the first time during another Middle Eastern crisis, the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, when President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin exchanged 19 messages, explaining each of their respective actions to ensure that the two superpowers didn’t get drawn into the regional conflict.

Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US

Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones.

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

But then the dog reaches around and his mouth tugs something on the yellow vest he’s wearing, and you hear it again.“My owner needs your attention!

The Myth of Technophobia

The Myth of Technophobia

Written more than 2,300 years before the invention of the iPhone , Plato’s The Phaedrus includes what has become one of the most weaponized examples of reactionary techno-skepticism.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Terrorists should not feel free to upload terrible images of slaughter, but neither should they be empowered to empty people’s bank accounts or to tap the phones of presidents and prime ministers.“But,” people say, “What if only legitimate requests can get into the protected communications?” Weaknesses in computer systems are discovered by attackers all the time.

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

According to the release put out by the Nevada Museum of Art, after the satellite was deployed it successfully established communication with ground stations on Earth, but the sheer number of satellites being deployed meant the Air Force was “unable to distinguish between [the satellites] and could not assign tracking numbers to many of them.” Without a NORAD tracking ID, the FCC wouldn’t give the okay to Paglen’s team to deploy the reflective balloon contained in the satellite.

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

Now it’s time to navigate a safe flight path (in relation to mountains, storms, air traffic zones, and other aircraft) and communicate with the folks who need to know what you’re doing, or who can help you to achieve a safe outcome.

Audi Cars Tell You How Fast to Go to Catch All Green Lights

Audi Cars Tell You How Fast to Go to Catch All Green Lights

The Green Light Optimization Speed Advisory system is an expansion of Audi’s vehicle-to-infrastructure communication system: Since 2016, it has offered “time-to-green,” which tells the driver sitting at a red light how long they have to look at their phone before it’s time to go.

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Here's a string of animals and hearts from a three year old:🦄🐴🦋🐛🐤🐦🐦🐧🐔🐣🐶🐱🐭🐰🐰🐰❄️❄️🌦🌈🔥💥☀️🍓🥞❣️💙💚💛🧡🔒💕💜🖤💞💞💗💖💘🕉💝☸️💟These emoji texts are adorable, but as a linguist, I'm interested in what kids are trying to communicate.

It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster

It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster

“We are the first to show a quantum advantage for transmitted information that two parties have to share to perform a useful task,” said Eleni Diamanti , an electrical engineer at Sorbonne University and a co-author of the result along with Iordanis Kerenidis , a computer scientist at Paris Diderot University, and Niraj Kumar .

Hacking Diplomatic Cables Is Expected. Exposing Them Is Not

Hacking Diplomatic Cables Is Expected. Exposing Them Is Not

It is news that they totally got caught, though," says Dave Aitel, a former NSA researcher who is now chief security technology officer at the secure infrastructure firm Cyxtera.In the attack Area 1 identified, hackers first breached the European communication network known as Coreu in April 2015, and actively exfiltrated data until last week.

The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

Security experts warn that Russia and China are both catching up and developing anti-satellite weapons capable of tripping up America’s strategic orbital foothold.The fourth thing to know about space power is, if America gives up its military dominance, expect its economic influence to wane as well.

PPP Cancellations: If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading (Lao Tzu)

PPP Cancellations: If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading (Lao Tzu)

In a previous blog, I used the metaphor of marriage to explore the dynamic of public-private partnerships (PPPs) as relationships created between two parties with often very different expectations and methods of communication.