Raising Girl Coders in Mumbai’s Slums; Can All iPhones Be Hacked?

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 11:57 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Windows of various apartments of a residential building are seen in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai, March 18, 2015. (Reuters)

FILE – Windows of various apartments of a residential building are seen in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai, India, March 18, 2015. (Reuters)

Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise Money for Teenage Girl Coders From Mumbai Slum

Started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, a slum innovation project in India’s Mumbai has been producing mobile, open source apps to help teenage girls deal with everyday problems such as sexual harassment, water access and education. The project suffered a setback in January when a fire destroyed the homes and equipment of participating girls. But Ranjan is now trying to revive the project.

Does FBI’s iPhone Unlocking Mean Devices Are Hackable?

The announcement Monday that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unlocked an iPhone belonging to a California mass shooter without Apple’s help has raised a lot of questions about the security of iPhones. The FBI had an “outside party” – allegedly an Israeli company – unlock the phone. The questions now are whether any government around the world can do the same and whether all other iPhones can be unlocked without Apple’s help? Apple has responded to this development.

Security Flaws Found in Top Chinese Web Browsers

A new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab says Windows and Android versions of Tencent’s web browser QQ transmit personal data with little if any encryption, including location information, Internet surfing patterns and device IDs. The group, which focuses on technology and human rights, says the flaws put users at risk of surveillance. An earlier report pointed out similar flaws in browsers belonging to major online players Baidu and Alibaba.


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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