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Zoom Security Update

Dear Valued Customer,We’re always striving to deliver you a secure virtual meeting environment. Starting April 5th, we’ve chosen to enable passwords on your meetings and turn on Waiting Rooms by default as additional security enhancements to protect your privacy.Meeting Passwords Enabled “On” Going forward, your previously scheduled meetings (including those scheduled via your Personal Meeting ID) will have […]

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We Saw NSO’s Covid-19 Software in Action, and Privacy Experts Are Worried

A number of surveillance tech companies are pivoting to tracking coronavirus-infected citizens. Experts are worried that they are just trying exploit a crisis to expand their questionable businesses. By Lorenzo Franceschi-BicchieraiApr 2 2020, 8:00amShareTweetSnap The rapidly spreading coronavirus has infected more than 900,000 and killed more than 45,000 people all over the world. This unprecedented crisis is also […]

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Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings

By Bill Marczak and John Scott-Railton April 3, 2020 Key Findings This report examines the encryption that protects meetings in the popular Zoom teleconference app. We find that Zoom has “rolled their own” encryption scheme, which has significant weaknesses. In addition, we identify potential areas of concern in Zoom’s infrastructure, including observing the transmission of meeting encryption keys through […]


See how your community is moving around differently due to COVID-19 As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19. These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to […]

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War Dialing’ Tool Exposes Zoom’s Password Problems

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to force people to work from home, countless companies are now holding daily meetings using videoconferencing services from Zoom. But without the protection of a password, there’s a decent chance your next Zoom meeting could be “Zoom bombed” — attended or disrupted by someone who doesn’t belong. And according to data […]

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From Rural Digital Divides to Local Solutions

By Nicol Turner-LeePhotography by Mark Williams-Hoelscher The road to Garrett County, Maryland Thick snow flurries fell on the night that my colleague Mark Hoelscher, then Brookings’s resident photographer, and I left Washington, D.C., driving northwest on Interstate 270 toward Garrett County, Maryland. The trip, which is normally three hours, took five given the blinding and […]

Covid-19 Educational Resource

Learning Keeps Going. Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to schools, colleges and universities around the globe. To help you keep the learning going, a coalition of education organizations has curated free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online.   Teachers & Leaders  Find guidance, best practices and strategies from experts in the field to assist you in […]


Why the Internet didn’t break

Editor’s Note: Tom Wheeler served as the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2013-2017. Tom Wheeler Visiting Fellow – Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation @tewheels Working, studying, and playing at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that residential internet usage has soared. According to one set of industry analytics, between January 29 (shortly after […]


COVID-19 Tracker

COVID-19 RESPONSE RESOURCES FOR LOCAL LEADERS Local elected officials are distinctly positioned to protect the health and safety of America’s residents and to provide reassurance in times of crisis. The National League of Cities developed this resources website and a Pandemic Response email series to support cities, towns and villages during the COVID-19 outbreak. At […]

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Zoom: We’re freezing all new features to sort out security and privacy

As SpaceX bans its workers from using it, Zoom says all feature development is halted to work on security. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has banned employees from using video-conferencing app Zoom over “significant privacy and security concerns”, according to a memo seen by Reuters. In response to these concerns, Zoom has announced it is immediately freezing […]