Today’s Tech Sightings:
It used to be a big deal to have a hard drive with 20 or 40 megabytes of storage space. Now they can fit terabytes of data. But the sheer volume of space needed now and in the future to store all of humanities’ data will invariably require new thinking. Several tech giants are working to address that dilemma – and the solution might be in our DNA.
A new report from the Global Internet Commission, which informs stakeholders interested in maintaining a healthy Internet, takes issue with online tracking, backdoors, opaque algorithms, attacks on critical infrastructure and turning companies into law enforcement agencies. The One Internet report favors strict control on the aggregation and sharing of personal data and backs net neutrality, open standards, and mandatory public reporting of data breaches.
There’s a lesson here. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg puts tape over his webcam and microphone jack to prevent any potential snooping or hacking. If you think this is paranoid, consider that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uses similar techniques to prevent snooping or thwart hackers looking to take remote control of their devices.
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