What the world’s best cities will look like in 2030

Copyright – The Washington Post – January 19 2016 – By Dominic Basulto

Two mega-trends — the rapid urbanization of the world’s population and the aging of that same population — will soon collide. By 2030, more than 1 billion people (one in eight) will be aged 65 or older, and by 2050, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. What’s needed between now and then, according to a new report from McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute, is new thinking about how to create “age-friendly cities.” Continue reading

When kids start getting hacked, it’s time to wake up about cybersecurity

Copyright – The Washington Post – December 11 2015 – By Vivek Wadhwa

It was not an auspicious beginning to the holiday season. On Black Friday, we learned that a hacker had broken into the servers of Chinese toymaker VTech and lifted the personal information of nearly five million parents and more than 200,000 children. The data haul included home addresses, names, birth dates, email addresses, and passwords. Worse still, it had photographs and chat logs of parents with their children. Continue reading

Why Earth’s future will depend on how we build our cities

Copyright – The Washington Post / Worldcrunch – October 12 2015 – By Chris Mooney

WASHINGTON – It may be the most important number on Earth: 1,000 gigatons. That’s roughly how much carbon dioxide humanity has left to emit, scientists say, in order to have a two-thirds chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above the temperature in pre-industrial times – and thus, staying within what has often been deemed a “safe” climate threshold. Continue reading

Has malware jumped over China’s Great Firewall?

Copyright – The Washington Post / Worldcrunch – October 12 2015 – By Adam Minter

For years now, China’s elaborate efforts to censor and control the Internet — collectively known as the Great Firewall — have restricted what the world’s biggest population of Netizens can see and how fast they can download. Until now, that hasn’t been much of a problem for anyone besides locals and companies such as Facebook and Google hoping to sell to them. Continue reading