Technology a Lifeline for Brussels Victims; Tor Project Tightens Security

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.

People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.

Brussels Attacks Highlight Technology’s Importance, But We Could Do So Much More

In Brussels, Belgium, thousands tried to reach loved ones following the devastating terror attacks on airport and subway systems, bringing the country’s mobile networks to a halt. As a result, people reached out on social media, using WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. But writer Mathew Hussey argues that despite the prevalence of life-saving apps, technology companies can and should do more to integrate survival into their DNA.

Tor Project Fortifies Software to Quickly Catch Spies

The face-off between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Apple over a court order to unlock the iPhone of a California mass shooter has raised red flags for other tech players as well. Worried about possible tampering, the Tor Project is boosting its software to quickly detect any surveillance intrusion that might potentially force it to submit critical data to law enforcement agencies.

An Exclusive Look at How US First Lady Mastered Social Media

The U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, has been very active on social media networks, reaching out to kids and families to push for healthier lifestyles, especially for children. Writer Kwame Opam takes a look at Mrs. Obama’s rather successful social media engagements.


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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