2015: Someday, Your Car Might Kill You to Save Others

By Lily Dane Someday, in addition to transporting you all over town without much input from you, your car may decide if you should live or die. We aren’t talking murderous, Stephen King novel-style cars like Christine. We are talking self-driving cars, and concerns that they could be programmed to kill you if necessary. The cars can assess dangerous situations and react accordingly – including sacrificing your life to save others. Self-driving cars (also known as “driverless” or “robotic” cars) are expected to be available to the public in just a few years. Google is already lobbying to make the cars legal to drive on public roads. So far, Nevada, California, Florida, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. have passed legislation allowing testing of the cars and other use on public roads. About two weeks ago, Google released the details of accidents that involved the company’s self-driving cars. Since 2009 – […] Read More

2014: WhatsApp Works To Achieve Greater User Privacy By Encrypting Messages

More than 500 million people are using the WhatsApp Android application now. the most widely used instant messaging service in the world announced that it has started encrypting messages in order to protect its users from hackers, says Open Whisper Systems, a software development group associated with the company. Last Tuesday, WhatsApp declared that it is out, performing end-to-end encryption, an upgrade to its privacy protections that make it nearly impossible for anyone to read users’ messages—even the company itself, WhatsApp claims it will not be able to decrypt any messages even if it is asked to do so by the authorities. This will be achieved via TextSecure protocol, which scrambles messages with a cryptographic key that only the user can access and never leaves his or her device. That’s why end-to-end encryption is so hard to break. WhatsApp, which became a Facebook subsidiary, will use an encryption system […] Read More

2014: 5 Reasons To Question Apple’s Data Security

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, I’m the furthest thing in the world from a technology or security expert, but what I have learned in recent years is that a dedicated, sophisticated and well funded hacker can pretty much own your data no matter how many precautions you take. Nevertheless, the major technology companies on the planet shouldn’t go out of their way to make this as easy as possible. In the wake of the theft of private images from several prominent celebrities, many people are rightly wondering whether how vulnerable their data is. The answer appears to be “very,” and if you use Apple, the following article from Slate may leave you seething with a sense of anger and betrayal. David Auerbach wrote the following for Slate. Read it and weep: >In the wake of the theft of the private data and photos of dozens of celebrities, there […] Read More