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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.
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Pushing cheap broadband—and more use of Google—the search giant installs a fiber backbone for ISPs in Kampala, Uganda.
Responding to reports of mass surveillance, engineers say they’ll make encryption standard in all Web traffic.
Amid torrent of revelations that the NSA finds mass surveillance easy, the IETF ponders how to harden the Internet.
Facing a declining market for e-readers, E Ink’s new R&D facility is trying out some different ideas.
A Stanford startup’s new radio can send and receive information on the same frequency—an advance that could double the speed of wireless networks.
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.
A new database tool dramatically improves processing speeds using technology that’s already in your computer.
As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges.