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What we’re reading: On hacking, drones, technology & Aadhaar

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Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid – Wired

“The hackers who struck the power centers in Ukraine weren’t opportunists who just happened upon the networks and launched an attack to test their abilities.. they were skilled and stealthy strategists who carefully planned their assault over many months, first doing reconnaissance.. then launching a synchronized assault in a well-choreographed dance.”

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Hacker Says He Can Hijack a $35K Police Drone a Mile Away – Wired

“By exploiting a lack of encryption between the drone and its controller module known as a “telemetry box,” any hacker who’s able to reverse engineer the drone’s flight software can impersonate that controller to send navigation commands, meanwhile blocking all commands from the drone’s legitimate operator.”

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The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net – TechCrunch

“The shoulder-mounted device uses an intelligent system that locks onto a drone, assisting the operator in firing and targeting. The scope identifies and then calculates a firing pattern based on the drone’s distance and vector.”

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We’re Already Violating Virtual Reality’s First Code of Ethics – Motherboard Vice

“The code of ethics serves as an important counterpoint to all the hype centered on virtual reality’s clinical or educational benefits by examining the risks of inhabiting a virtual surrogate body.. Unlike other forms of media, VR can create a situation in which the user’s entire environment is determined by the creators of the virtual world.”

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Facebook Is Using Those New “Like” Emojis to Keep Tabs on Your Emotions – Mic

“Your Facebook feed could be a source of inspiration. It could inform you, challenge your political beliefs or expose you to new art and ideas. But Facebook’s main interest is to grab your attention and keep you scrolling and clicking. It’s meant to keep you more engaged, but more often than not, you end up just searching endlessly for something interesting..”

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How to politely ask people to get the f*ck off their phones – TechCrunch

“Staying silent about bad technology habits is making things worse for all of us. However, the byproduct of making technology better is that sometimes it’s so good, people can’t seem to put it down.”

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Basis of a revolution – Indian Express

“The Aadhaar Bill will catapult India to the front of the league of nations whose governments use technology to create an effective, efficient and modern welfare state that treats its people with dignity.”

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Read previous articles from this series here.

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