The struggle to find balance between old and new, modernity and tradition, respect and assimilation, is one that people all over the world have been navigating for centuries. In this case, the tension was encapsulated in a series of beautiful photos that turned half a billion heads.
David Trinidad and his wife Ivonne had just recently started using Fitbits, when Ivonne said that hers was malfunctioning. The device was showing an unusually high resting heart rate and recorded 10 hours in one day in what it called the “fat burning zone,” even though she had not been particularly active. But her Fitbit wasn't broken — she was pregnant.
License plate readers scan plate numbers and then cross-reference them with a “hot list” of plates of wanted or stolen vehicles. The problem is that only a small fraction of the plates are on the wanted list; the rest belong to non-criminal, law-abiding people – people whose movements the government could now conceivably track.
In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, the debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement has reached a fever pitch in the US. Meanwhile, lawmakers in some European countries are taking new steps to broaden government access to big data.
Mezar Matar’s witnessed ISIS fighters take over his hometown in the summer of 2013. He saw them violently enforce Sharia law, seize homes, close schools and stage elaborate public executions. He watched as they punished women for their clothes, flogged anyone on the streets during prayer times and beat people for smoking cigarettes. Matar saw ISIS arrest his friends, abduct his brother and recruit children to join its ranks.
On Capitol Hill and within federal agencies, a so-called “turf war” exists about who should be running drone strikes — the Pentagon or the CIA. This information is almost entirely hidden from public view.
There is vast potential for drone use in the developing world. In recent years, an explosion of initiatives has popped up across the continent of Africa, from unmanned peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Facebook’s high-hovering drones that bring the Internet to remote places. But the technology has proliferated faster than regulations can keep up. A couple countries have banned them altogether, including Kenya. Recent terrorist attacks have much to do with the restrictions there, but innovators think the country has more to gain from drones than it has to lose.