The issue of racism -- particular racism found in Indian society towards black Africans and other groups -- is one of those issues that seems to constantly fly under the radar when discussing India and at-times Indian ex-pats abroad. It's significant, as African leaders are now regularly being feted in New Dehli while every day ordinary Africans (and others) living in India face significant racism.
For too long we've been separating (almost to the point of segregating) STEM students from Humanities students going as far back as late elementary school/middle school and systematically discouraging both groups from taking courses not in their area of focus, save those that are mandatory by the Ministries of Education. That needs to change.
Apple is looking at electric and/or self-driven cars now, in part, because the rest of the car industry has been so slow to move to embrace the technology. Reading the public’s interest in the technology and Tesla’s success as a start up taking a significant bite out of the luxury car market (especially in areas where emissions controls are more significant — e.g. up to 20% of new luxury cars sold in California are Teslas now), Apple sees a void that it believes it can fill and fill well. And there's no reason to believe that it won't successfully do so.
While far from the only government to regularly employ talented hackers to advance state interests, the Chinese government has been particularly aggressive in using hacker units to attack Western and other targets of interest, which include both government and private sector targets.
This is the new reality.
The "Apple hacking" story is getting a lot of play in the media today. Here's a few things to keep in mind while you're reading the coverage of this interesting development:
1) IT WAS ALWAYS LIKELY TO HAPPEN AT SOME POINT.
No system is 100% safe forever, especially in the tech world. Apple still has an overwhelming record of user system safety when compared to other systems/companies, but that doesn't mean Apple is bulletproof. Anyone buying Apple products with that expectation is dreaming in technicolour.
Unlike previous generations of displaced persons and conflict migrants, this is the first major instance where the migrants have a capacity to have an independent voice and coordination of their own. Led by the experience of the Arab Spring several years ago, we are now seeing migrants who's most important possession is their smartphones.
The Syrian Migrants are social media savvy, aware of how to quickly connect to independent, migrant-generated information sources and able to tap into the support networks rapidly established by sympathetic individuals in both their destination countries and nations of international importance (often leveraging the strength and savviness of their diaspora connections).
But perhaps most crucially, the Syrian Migrants no longer feel dependent on international organizations or even national governments to aid their cause. They won't wait for others to speak on their behalf in the international community. They will have an active voice in their own destiny.
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