We need a simple system for categorising data privacy settings, similar to the way Creative Commons specifies how work can be legally shared. Shutterstock Data privacy awareness has recently gained momentum, thanks in part to the Cambridge Analytica data breach and the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection […]

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25. Shutterstock Major personal data breaches, such as those that occurred recently at the Commonwealth Bank, Cambridge Analytica and Yahoo, have taught us how vulnerable our privacy is. Like the cigarette and alcohol markets, it took a long time to prove that poorly […]

GETTY IMAGES IN THE EARLY 2000s, Alex Pentland was running the wearable computing group at the MIT Media Lab—the place where the ideas behind augmented reality and Fitbit-style fitness trackers got their start. Back then, it was still mostly folks wearing computers in satchels and cameras on their heads. “They were basically cell phones, except […]

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk talks to the media after the successful launch of the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Feb. 6, 2018. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has endorsed SpaceX’s ambitious plan to provide […]

Cyber attacks have the potential to cause economic disruption, coerce changes in political behaviour and subvert systems of governance. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND Cyber security played a prominent role in international affairs in 2017, with impacts on peace and security. Increased international collaboration and new laws that capture the complexity of […]