Cute robots, smart underwear, and facial recognition in church: Have we gone too far?

By Khalida Sarwari In the near future, robots might be able to manipulate our emotions, everyone will be rated on everything, and we won’t be able to trust our own eyes, Woodrow Hartzog said. “I promise I will end on a positive note,” the Northeastern professor said Thursday, eliciting chuckles from a roomful of people gathered at the university’s Charlotte campus to hear him discuss online privacy. Hartzog, who specializes in privacy, data protection, robotics, and automated Read More …

breathe

On the yoga mat I become contemplative. Maybe it’s got something to do with the constant reminders of slowing down the breath. I breathe in through my nose. I breathe out through my mouth. And like a fish newly plucked out of water, my thoughts thrash between the ephemerality of life—breathe—and what I’m going to have for dinner tonight. Breathe. In shavasana, as in the practice of meditation, we are instructed, repeatedly, to keep coming Read More …

Data security expert calls for stronger cybersecurity laws

By Khalida Sarwari As we become an increasingly digitally connected world, the loss of privacy and security are almost inevitable. But if we don’t adopt stronger data security laws, said Northeastern professor Woodrow Hartzog, we might be left with a digital landscape that could be marred by chaos and deregulation. The extent of the risk came blaring through with Marriott’s disclosure last month that hackers had exposed the personal information of up to 500 million customers. No sooner Read More …

Wish Book 2018: Project WeHOPE provides a hot shower and dignity for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable

By Khalida Sarwari For a lot of us, a hot shower is a regular part of our daily routine, but for some like Francisco “Paco” Garcia, it’s a luxury. Garcia, 48, is an RV dweller in Redwood City with a roof over his head but little else in the way of living accommodations. To stay clean, he has to think creatively. Sometimes he goes to a local car wash and asks them to let him rinse Read More …

Vaidhyanathan and Willey separated by one vote in Cupertino council race

By Khalida Sarwari Two candidates on opposite sides of the proposed redevelopment of Vallco Shopping Mall are separated by a single vote in the Cupertino City Council race, with 10 percent of ballots still to be counted. The gap between third- and fourth-place candidates, Jon Willey, a lead organizer of the Better Cupertino a residents group that opposes mixed-use redevelopment of Vallco, and Councilwoman Savita Vaidhyanathan has steadily shriveled since Election Day. Willey leads Vaidhyanathan Read More …