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  • Facebook launches encryption option for Messenger

    The Christian Science Monitor - 10/05/2016

    “Raw data is extremely valuable for building these kinds of artificial intelligence systems,” Christo Wilson, a computer science professor at Northeastern University, tells the Monitor. “Facebook may want to preserve that.”

    The practice of optional encryption may deprive less tech-savvy users who don’t understand the benefits that come from enabling certain settings on the app, or raise a red flag on the actions of users who do enable the feature.

    “You look different,” if you opt for encryption, Dr. Wilson warns. “Unfortunately, encryption was not baked into the Internet. It’s very easy to see that you’re encrypting stuff. You’re not behaving the same as everyone else.”

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