Today’s Tech Sightings:
Encryption is slowly becoming the enemy, so to speak, as lawmakers, at least in the U.S., rush to enact legislation that would either add back doors to mobile devices or force tech companies to comply with government requests to unlock certain smartphones. But the San Francisco-based Internet Security Research Group aims to change that with a new initiative called Let’s Encrypt. The idea is to help switch millions of websites still using the old, insecure HTTP web standard to HTTPS, which encrypts browsing and guards against surveillance.
Two influential members of the U.S. Congress are pushing a bill that would effectively require all tech companies to add back doors to their encryption technology or give up encryption altogether. The move has little support following the standoff between Apple and U.S. law enforcement agencies over a court order to unlock an iPhone belonging to a California mass shooter.
Facebook is using new millimeter wave technology to provide low-cost Internet access and potentially replace Google’s Fiber project in remote areas. The new project is called “Terragraph” and is currently being tested at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Millimeter waves can travel faster than Wi-Fi signals, and Facebook claims they will make Internet speed 10 times faster.
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