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How the Taliban Can Use Social Media to Tame Afghanistan

How the Taliban Can Use Social Media to Tame Afghanistan

Technology
Last Friday, when Taliban forces took the key city of Herat, they distributed images and videos of militia leaders posing with Ismail Khan, a well-known local commander and Taliban opponent, showing him unrestrained and appearing at ease.The message was clear, said Mr. Sayed: “If we can treat Ismail Khan, a top enemy, with such respect, there will not be danger for anyone.”In Kabul, many Taliban-trained journalists have been busy on the streets, often holding a microphone with the logo of the group’s propaganda site. In one video posted to the Twitter account of the Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, a reporter interviews residents in Kabul’s Shahr-e Naw area. When he asks a young boy about the takeover of the capital, the boy responds, “We are happy and have been living in peace.”While ...
Tu celular te espía, ¿seguirás permitiéndolo?

Tu celular te espía, ¿seguirás permitiéndolo?

Technology
La “privacidad de datos” es uno de esos términos que parecen desprovistos de toda emoción. Es como un refresco sin gas. Al menos hasta que los fracasos de Estados Unidos en la creación de protecciones de privacidad de datos, incluso básicas, tienen repercusiones de carne y hueso.La semana pasada, un alto jerarca de la Iglesia católica en Estados Unidos dimitió después de que un sitio de noticias reveló que tenía datos de su teléfono móvil que parecían mostrar que el administrador utilizaba la aplicación de citas LGBTQ Grindr y acudía regularmente a bares gay. Los periodistas tuvieron acceso a los datos de los movimientos y huellas digitales de su celular durante parte de tres años y pudieron rastrear los lugares a los que acudía.Sé que los lectores tendrán sentimientos encontrados al respe...
The Nightmare of Our Snooping Phones

The Nightmare of Our Snooping Phones

Technology
This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.“Data privacy” is one of those terms that feels stripped of all emotion. It’s like a flat soda. At least until America’s failures to build even basic data privacy protections carry flesh-and-blood repercussions.This week, a top official in the Roman Catholic Church’s American hierarchy resigned after a news site said that it had data from his cellphone that appeared to show the administrator using the L.G.B.T.Q. dating app Grindr and regularly going to gay bars. Journalists had access to data on the movements and digital trails of his mobile phone for parts of three years and were able to retrace where he went.I know that people will have complex feelings about this matter. Some of you may believe t...
6 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Europe This Summer

6 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Europe This Summer

Travel
Hotel flexibility will vary, so read the fine printBy now, most of the large American-run chains have reverted to their pre-Covid cancellation policies for reservations made before a certain date (that has come and gone), and for travel through a certain date (that has come and gone). But some companies are still being flexible: Hilton has always had generous cancellation policies, and Four Seasons has been consistently easy about changes and cancellations during the pandemic.Travel-industry insiders also have noticed flexibility among independent hoteliers.“We’ve felt that small, family-run luxury properties are actually more nimble than some of the big hotel chains,” said Louisa Gehring, the owner of Gehring Travel, an affiliate of Brownell, a Virtuoso luxury travel agency. “Rather than ...