In this era of the all-pervasive cloud, it's easy to assume that the data we store will somehow be preserved forever. The only thing to fret about from a posterity perspective, we might think, is the analog information from days gone by -- all the stuff on papers, tapes and other pre-digital formats that haven't been explicitly converted.
Vinton Cerf, often called "the father of the Internet," has other ideas.
At the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection held at Stanford University, President Obama pushed for more public-private collaboration and information sharing to allegedly prevent hacks such as the breaches suffered by Home Depot, Target and Anthem. While that doesn’t sound bad, actions such as outlawing encryption – as if only terrorist or pedophiles use it – and providing law enforcement with backdoors into software sounds terrible. Any backdoors left open will also be exploited by cyber bad guys. An unnamed technology executive called it “a stupid approach.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation proposed Sunday new regulations that remove many of the barriers to commercial use of drones for applications like photography and surveying, but they don't permit the kind of automated drone use that companies like Amazon.com are eyeing for package delivery.
Six months ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to release its plans to tackle privacy risks posed by drone surveillance. Now the agency claims it can’t track them down at all. So does the one Justice Department office responsible for making sure such reports get filed in the first place.
SOME day soon, driverless podcars will cluster around our cities, waiting to pick us up on demand. There will be no steering wheel, no brake pedal; once seated, you can take a nap or watch a movie. This public facility will reduce traffic and carbon emissions. Not having to own a car will make transport cheaper for everyone. Stop us if you've heard this one before.