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in the news | February 04, 2015 | Future Tense

Department of Transportation Says Your Online Shopping Is Clogging America’s Roads

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a highly tech-focused report this week, “Beyond Traffic,” that aims to move the conversation about America’s aging transport system out of the 20th century. The report looks beyond the impact of so-called millennial lifestyle trends like ride-sharing and America’s moribund infrastructure, projecting that by 2040, freight volume in the United States will increase by 45 percent to 29 billion tons.

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in the news | January 14, 2015 | Future Tense

Too Hot to Connect

Are our Internet providers putting sufficient effort into network resiliency in the face of climate change? Comcast could not comment and Verizon did not respond to my request, but Time Warner Cable told me: “We monitor the network closely at Time Warner Cable and keep a close eye on the redundancy and capacity in our systems to handle any situation that arises such as extreme climate change.

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in the news | July 18, 2014 | Future Tense

Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing Fight over Encryption

Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.