Joshua Eaton

Independent Journalist

Digital Divide Widens as the Web Adopts Stronger Encryption Standard

On New Year’s Day, a change meant to strengthen online security will have the inverse effect, too, leaving millions of users’ Web traffic completely exposed.

Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla will start phasing out older Internet encryption in Edge, Chrome, and Firefox browsers in favor of a newer, more secure standard. The aim is to get websites to adopt a beefier security method for ensuring private communications and safe bank transactions over the Internet.

But Web browsers that haven’t been updated in the past few years or older generations of many mobile devices, which are commonplace in much of the developing world, will be unable to use the updated encryption standard. That means that many of those users will lose access to online functions protected by the Web protocol called Secure HTTP, or HTTPS.

Read the rest of this article at the Christian Science Monitor …

Andover Newton Theological School to Sell Campus, End Residential Program

In November, administrators at Andover Newton Theological School announced plans to sell the school’s historic campus in Newton, Massachusetts, slash the size of its faculty and student body, and radically overhaul its academic programs.

The move didn’t come as a surprise to Debra Guthrie, a third-year Master of Divinity student at Andover Newton and a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ordination. But it was still heartbreaking.

“It’s a beautiful campus, and it’s been my home for three and a half years. I just love it here, and I love all the people, the staff, and the faculty,” Guthrie said. “I guess, in the back of my mind, I thought it would always be here in some form for me to come back to, sort of like a home.”

Read the rest of this article at UU World …

Beyond Remittance: Boston’s Haitian-American Activists fight for Justice Across Borders and Generations

Rodline Louijeune still tears up when she talks about the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. She had visited Port-au-Prince just a few months before to see her uncle. While she was born and raised in Boston, her parents grew up in Haiti. This was Louijeune’s first visit in years, and her uncle made a special effort to show her the island’s beauty.

It was the last time she saw her uncle alive. He was among the estimated 200,000 Haitians who died in the magnitude seven quake, which devastated much of the country. When Louijeune returned that May to take care of her uncle’s final affairs, she saw a country struggling to recover.

Read the rest of this story at the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism …

Trump’s Untruths Woo Working-Class Whites Who ‘Want to Be Proud Again’

It was a miserable wintry night, with temperatures dropping fast and sleet covering the roads in rural Waterville Valley. But businessman and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump quickly warmed up the crowd.

Trump lambasted President Barack Obama for not bombing oil wells used by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to fund its operations. “One of the reasons Obama didn’t want to bomb the oil is because of the environment. Can you believe this?” Trump asked, receiving rapturous applause.

That odd-sounding accusation originated with comments from a former CIA director who left the agency a year before the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIL began.

But — in a move that is increasingly being seen as a signature of the Trump campaign — his rampage was not hindered by any respect for the facts.

“Now I don’t know if that’s true or not,” he said, “but it sounds like it’s true.”

Read the rest of this article at Al Jazeera America …

What Is ISIS? A Primer on the Terrorist Group Behind the Attacks in Paris

Last weekend, French President François Hollande declared war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist group that has taken responsibility for the brutal attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad last week. The Paris attack left at least 129 people dead, with another 46 dead in Beirut and 18 in Baghdad. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for downing a Russian airliner in Egypt earlier this month, killing 224 people.

With that violent track record, ISIS, also known as Daesh, has become on of the world’s most dangerous security threats — and they’re a relatively new organization.

But who and what is ISIS, exactly?

Read the rest of this article at Teen Vogue …

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