Now Isn’t the Time to Give Users Control of Their Data

The testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen sparked the latest flare-up in a never-ending series of revelations on how companies and governments mine and commercialize our personal data. In an attempt to put consumers back in the driver’s seat, recent updates to data protection regulations such as the GDPR in the European Union and the […]

Humans Are On Track to Export Our Environmental Problems to Space

To be clear, space is not exactly the Wild West. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty—the Magna Carta of space law—set out a framework and key principles to guide responsible behavior in space. Negotiated and drafted during the Cold War era of heightened political tensions, the binding treaty largely addresses concerns during a time when apocalypse […]

How Metadata From Encrypted Messages Can Keep Everyone Safer

The future is encrypted. Real-time, encrypted chat apps like Signal and WhatsApp, and messaging apps like Telegram, WeChat, and Messenger—used by two out of five people worldwide—help safeguard privacy and facilitate our rights to organize, speak freely, and keep close contact with our communities. They are intentionally built for convenience and speed, for person-to-person communication […]

Ignore China’s New Data Privacy Law at Your Peril

The unavoidable flaw in China’s personal data law is that it doesn’t stop the state itself from being able to access its citizens’ personal information. People living in China will still be some of the most surveilled and censored on the planet. “The Chinese government is the greater threat to individual privacy, and I don’t […]