Along with NSA spying revelations, 2013 brought faster wireless technologies, global connectivity expansion, and new communications business models.
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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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Satellite companies see promise in new technology to double bandwidth.
The company says it wants to wire the world. But will it do more than make its own app work better?
In Macha, Zambia, where uploads fail 75 percent of the time, a smart file sharing system can store data locally when necessary.
With Swedish telephone numbers and a tree-bound base station, a remote Indonesian village runs its own telecommunications company.
A new nerve interface can simulate a sense of touch from 20 spots on a prosthetic hand.
Amazon says it wants to offer 30-minute drone delivery. But companies actually working on the technology outline the limitations.
The website for the Affordable Care Act was doomed by an inordinately complex setup that tried to link disparate databases in real time.
Following NSA surveillance revelations, talks advance on making the privacy-protecting tool Tor an Internet standard.
Pushing cheap broadband—and more use of Google—the search giant installs a fiber backbone for ISPs in Kampala, Uganda.