Apple Encryption Battle Could Boost Security; Tor Users Treated Differently

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

People gather at a small rally in support of Apple's refusal to help the FBI access the cellphone of a gunman involved in the killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, Feb. 23, 2016. (Reuters)

People gather at a small rally in support of Apple’s refusal to help the FBI access the cellphone of a gunman involved in the killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, Feb. 23, 2016. (Reuters)

Apple Encryption Fight Could Speed Development of Government-proof Devices

Apple’s refusal to obey a court order to decrypt an iPhone belonging to a California mass shooter faces some public opposition, but also has the support of many like-minded tech firms. But the showdown has already triggered a move toward developing more secure mobile devices and applications. And experts say even a government victory could prompt tech companies to create security systems that their engineers cannot access.

Tor Users Increasingly Treated Like Second-class Web Citizens

Users of The Onion Router’s anonymity network appear to be falling victim to those who use the Tor browser for spamming or hacking. A new collaborative study found 1.3 million websites that refuse to connect Tor users. About 3.67 percent of Alexa’s top 1000 websites also block Tor users at the application level.

The Why’s and What’s of 5G

A hot topic at this year’s World Mobile Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain is the next generation of wireless networks or 5G. Writer Bob O’Donnell sheds light on this impending technology.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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