Digital Payments Are Not More Private Than Credit Cards

Digital payments have taken the world by storm. Nowadays, nearly every major smartphone supports some sort of contactless payment system, and there are no shortages of services—most notably Android Pay, Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal, and Bitcoin—which make use of the technology. Digital payments have been heralded as more »

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Snapchat: a New Idea, an Old Concern

Before Snapchat became the nearly universal communication platform for digital natives, it was an app which promised friends—but more often lovers—a seemingly private environment in which they could communicate intimately. In more crude terms, sexting. The allure of the app was its disappearing messages feature, which ensured that »

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Social Media, Misunderstood

Since its inception, social media—and particularly how it shapes and is used by digital natives—has been a topic of interest for academics, parents, and educators alike. As a member of the selfie-taking, Snapchat-sending, and Facebook-consuming generation, however, I often find myself disagreeing with the conclusions drawn by these »

The Snapmap is Dangerous

One’s live location is often regarded as one of the most sensitive pieces of information our phones emit. When it was revealed that Uber continued to track its customers locations for an entire week after their rides, Uber came under intense criticism. The move was regarded as a blatant »

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Net Neutrality Is Under Attack (Again)

The internet has assumed a central role in today's world, facilitating the global spread of knowledge, entertainment, and commerce. In many ways, the internet is the epitome of the free market: the cost of entry is little to nothing, and any Internet user—provided their connection isn't censored by their »

Misconceptions of the Digital Generation

What follows is an unreleased and discarded excerpt from a book about how digital natives—defined loosely as the generation which was born with instant digital communication—interact with social media, and how these interactions are misunderstood by adults. It is not meant to be read as a complete or »

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All These Cyberattacks Could Have Been Stopped

Less than a month after much of the United States' digital arsenal was leaked, the vulnerabilities are resurfacing as malware. This could—and should—have been stopped. Starting Friday, a ransomware attack known as "WannaCry" has infected computers in over 99 countries, targeting both critical infrastructure and standard »

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Not All Drones are Military Drones

There is little doubt that drones are a groundbreaking military technology Their advantages over traditional aircraft are well known: they allow for the execution of surveillance and strike operations without risking the life of pilots. Unlike traditional airborne surveillance, which relies on high-altitude aircraft taking photos from miles above, drones »

Signal is Not a Magic Solution to Privacy

Signal is considered the gold standard in mobile encrypted messaging by governments and dissidents alike. The app, which is completely open-source, allows its users to securely text, call, and videochat each other. Signal has become ubiquitous among privacy enthusiasts and journalists, and derives much of its popularity from its frequent »