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Andy Yen: Think Your Email's Private? Think Again

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Sending an email message is like a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all.




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What We Read Today 13 February 2016

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Household Debt Grew Slowly In 2015 As Mortgage Balances Stayed Flat

from Liberty Street Economics

-- this post authored by Meta Brown, Donghoon Lee, Andrew Haughwout, Joelle Scally, and Wilbert van der Klaauw

Last Friday, New York Fed President William Dudley spoke to the press about the growing resilience of the U.S. household sector. His speech was followed by a briefing by New York Fed economists on developments in household borrowing. Their presentation included a detailed decomposition on mortgage borrowing and payment trends, and some new research on how borrowing has evolved differently across age groups. Today, the New York Fed also released the Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit for the fourth quarter of 2015. The report, the press briefing , and the following analysis are all based on the New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel, which is itself based on consumer credit data from Equifax.

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Infographic Of The Day: Remembering What Happened To The Space Shuttle Challenger

NASA's space shuttle Challenger accident was a devastating tragedy that killed seven astronauts and shocked the world on Jan. 28, 1986.

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Sending an email message is like a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all.


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The Syria 'Ceasefire' Deal Is No Such Thing - It's Cover For The US And Russia

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham

Headlines are declaring the arrangement of a ceasefire in Syria's conflict. Announced by US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov late on February 11, it has been greeted as a ray of hope in the floundering efforts to end this seemingly intractable conflict.

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First Quarter 2016 Survey of Professional Forecasters Again Lower Growth over the Next Three Years

from the Philadelphia Fed

The economy looks weaker now than it did three months ago, according to 40 forecasters surveyed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The forecasters predict real GDP will grow at an annual rate of 2.0 percent this quarter and 2.5 percent next quarter.

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