Free speech and privacy on the wane across the world

Autocratic rule, increased media restrictions and use of mass surveillance affect almost half global population, researchers find Nearly half the worlds people are living in countries where their freedom of speech and right to privacy are being eroded, researchers have found. Strongman regimes seeking to squash voices of dissent and solidify political power are increasingly monitoring citizens through technology, cracking down on protests and jailing journalists, according to a ranking of 198 countries on issues including mass surveillance and data …

Talk to us: how would you change the internet if you could?

The internet is full of annoyances designed to make you click here, watch this, and keep scrolling for more. How could it be better? Auto-play video ads. Aggressive pop-ups. Invisible ad trackers. The internet of 2019 is full of annoyances and introduced a bill that would regulate social media sites by banning certain features that he argues are designed to encourage new survey by Pew Research. Tech industry insiders all tend to agree that regulation is coming; the real question …

Is FaceApp an evil plot by ‘the Russians’ to steal your data? Not quite | Arwa Mahdawi

Following the panic over this viral app, the moral of the story is: dont worry too much about the Russians. You should worry about everything Over the last few days the #faceappchallenge has taken over social media. This challenge involves downloading a selfie-editing tool called FaceApp and using one of its filters to digitally age your face. You then post the photo of your wizened old self on the internet and everyone laughs uproariously. You get a small surge of …

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Opting out of facial recognition at the airport isn't easy. Flying this weekend? In at least 17 airports—if you're flying airlines …