Story highlights New mom says she had to ensure boy would never wonder where he'd end up next "He had been with us for so long, and he was a part of our family," she says (CNN)His face said it all. After more than 800 days in foster care, a 3-year-old found his "forever family" -- and became an Internet sensation to boot. Moments after his adoption, Michael Brown, 3, celebrated in a photo that soon went viral. "Meant to be" is how his adopted mother described Michael Brown's addition to her family just in time for Santa's arrival. Tara Montgomery, a single mother, told CNN's "New Day" on Saturday she wasn't initially considering adoption, but when plans to reunite Michael with his biological mom fell through, she knew she had to make sure her foster child would never again wonder where he might end up next. "He's been through a lot. This is his third foster family," she said, "but he had been with us for so long, and he was a part of our family." Read More When … [Read more...] about 3-year-old’s beaming adoption photo wins over Internet
Imagine, if you will (and you should), a big American tech executive being detained over unspecified charges while on a trip to Beijing. That is exactly what a number of Silicon Valley executives told me they are concerned about after the arrest this week of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom company Huawei, in Canada at the behest of United States officials. “It’s worrisome, because it’s an escalation we did not need,” one executive said, referring to the already tense trade talks between the two countries. “What China will do, given all the existing tensions, is anyone’s guess.” [Kara Swisher answered your questions about this column on Twitter.] No one I spoke to would talk on the record, out of fear of antagonizing either side and also because no one knows exactly what is happening. But many expressed worry about the possibility of tit-for-tat arrests. While everyone focuses on the drama of the arrest … [Read more...] about Can the U.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?
When I walk into services on Sunday morning, I’m usually about 30 minutes late. Our 6-month-old wakes up from his morning nap at 10, right when the first chords of a hymn begin to be played in our San Francisco church. My husband and I rush to get the baby dressed, fed and in the car. We drop him off at the nursery 20 minutes after all the other kids have settled in, kiss him goodbye, walk upstairs and find our seats just around the time the sermon is beginning. In this season of life, it would be a lot easier not to go to church — and this isn’t true just for parents of babies. More and more churches these days are offering services on the internet: Life Church in Oklahoma City introduced an “internet campus” in 2006; in 2017, Connexus Church in Ontario, which had begun live-streaming its services the year before, saw its online attendance surpass the number of people who showed up on a Sunday morning. At Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., you … [Read more...] about Internet Church Isn’t Really Church
Timothy C. May, a physicist, polemicist and cantankerous advocate of internet privacy who helped start a movement aimed at protecting the privacy of individuals online, died on Dec. 13 at his home in Corralitos, Calif. He was 66. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner’s office confirmed his death but said that the cause had not yet been determined. As the rabble-rousing leader of a group called the Cypherpunks, Mr. May, in his writings, foreshadowed and influenced many of the concerns about privacy and government control that have come to dominate the internet age. In the one-page Crypto Anarchist Manifesto, which he wrote in 1988, Mr. May said, “Just as the technology of printing altered and reduced the power of medieval guilds and the social power structure, so too will cryptologic methods fundamentally alter the nature of corporations and of government interference in economic transactions.” Much of Mr. May’s writing, incorporating elements of advanced … [Read more...] about Timothy C. May, Early Advocate of Internet Privacy, Dies at 66
Hong Kong (CNN)Speaking before an elite audience in Washington in March 2000, then US President Bill Clinton summarized much of Western thinking on the internet when he hailed a new century in which "liberty will be spread by cell phone and cable modem." This would occur, Clinton said, despite the efforts of countries like China to fight the spread of information. "Now there's no question China has been trying to crack down on the internet," Clinton said, his eyebrows arched as he neared the punchline. "Good luck! That's sort of like trying to nail jello to the wall." In the decades since that speech, Clinton's jello comment has become a something of a dark joke among internet freedom advocates, as China continued to build up the Great Firewall, the world's most sophisticated system for controlling and surveilling the web. A new report out this week shows that China is by far the most effective censor of the internet, and far from retreating, is exporting its model around the world. … [Read more...] about China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world