It took a torrent of NSA revelations to spur major new technology efforts to make Internet communications more private and secure.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
David Talbot's Stories
The Washington Post reports that the NSA collects billions of cell phone location records daily--but there's more to this issue than privacy.
FCC puts onus on airlines as it proposes lifting phone ban.
Amid torrent of revelations that the NSA finds mass surveillance easy, the IETF ponders how to harden the Internet.
America’s spy agency has been tapping links between global data centers of the Internet giants.
Facebook scientists figure out how to identify your romantic partner or best friend from among your connections.
A test of high-bandwidth optical communications from lunar orbiter to Earth stations succeeds.
Twitter could make money by replaying TV content people tweet about, with ads.
Twitter is losing money and is much smaller than Facebook, so new technology is more important than ever.
As IBM launches research collaboration with four universities and institutes, it shows how Watson can build recipes.