Mobile Broadband’s Boom

Are wired data connections going the way of phone landlines?

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Infographic: Carl DeTorres
Infographic: Carl DeTorres

Throughout much of the world, growth in wired broadband connections is slowing. In some countries the market appears to be saturated at around 30 to 35 subscriptions per 100 people. In other countries the number of wired broadband subscriptions has even declined. Not so with wireless broadband, according to the latest figures released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which include data collected through June 2012.

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How Police Exploited the Capitol Riot’s Digital Records

Forensic technology is powerful, but is it worth the privacy trade-offs?

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 Illustration of the silhouette of a person with upraised arm holding a cellphone in front of the U.S. Capitol building. Superimposed on the head is a green matrix, which represents data points used for facial recognition
Gabriel Zimmer
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The group of well-dressed young men who gathered on the outskirts of Baltimore on the night of 5 January 2021 hardly looked like extremists. But the next day, prosecutors allege, they would all breach the United States Capitol during the deadly insurrection. Several would loot and destroy media equipment, and one would assault a policeman.

No strangers to protest, the men, members of the America First movement, diligently donned masks to obscure their faces. None boasted of their exploits on social media, and none of their friends or family would come forward to denounce them. But on 5 January, they made one piping hot, family-size mistake: They shared a pizza.

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