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Optical fibres carry data from the web, these cables were previously neutral containers – but not anymore. Groman123/Flickr

The end of web neutrality, the end of the Internet?

Until last December, Internet service providers were required to respect the principle of web neutrality. This is no longer the case in the United States. What are the consequences?
Women in Mexico City carry a banner reading “Legal and safe abortion across Mexico” during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2018). Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Is the future of abortion online?

While the abortion debate continues worldwide, even in countries where it has long been legal, new drugs and telemedicine services could provide access to safe abortion beyond borders and laws.
They’re small and well-connected, but how safe are ‘internet of things’ devices? BeeBright/Shutterstock.com

The quiet threat inside ‘internet of things’ devices

As the number of 'internet of things' devices expands rapidly, so do security vulnerabilities to homes, businesses, governments and the internet as as whole.
A sign marks the location of a Chicago Marriott. In November 2018 the hotel chain said their guest reservation database was hacked, compromising the security of up to 500 million customers. Scott Olson/AFP

Marriott data breach: 500 million times concerned

The November 30, 2018, Marriott International announced a data breach concerning 500 million clients, the second biggest ever. With new data breaches announced nearly every day, how , everyone is now wondering how this was possible.
New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest. Unsplash

Big Fail: The internet hasn’t helped democracy

New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
The process of laying internet cables on the sea floor is particularly sensitive at the coastlines. Gail Johnson/Shutterstock.com

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Comparing the locations of key internet data centers and cable routes with maps of expected sea-level rise suggests it's time to shore up internet connections in the face of a changing climate.

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