Friday news roundup for Feb. 3

This week’s news roundup, with an effort to find more good news:

Brian CheskyAirbnb is offering free housing for refugees and others whom the US has turned away. Co-founder Brian Chesky wrote, “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.”

The US government subjected Twitter to two National Security Letters, one in 2015 and one in 2016. The NSLs “requested” “a large amount of data.” The gag orders were lifted only in January 2017.

Under Trump, federal employees are discovering the value of encrypted communication applications like Signal and WhatsApp.

One of Trump’s executive orders excludes non-citizens from privacy protections on personally identifiable information.

A Mozilla survey found that 50% of page loads now use HTTPS. The Let’s Encrypt service, which provides free X.509 certificates, has been a big factor in the growth.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is quitting Trump’s economic advisory council. He said, “Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”

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Gary McGath

I am a freelance writer, author of the books _Files that Last_ and _Tomorrow's Songs Today_, with a strong background in software development, file formats, and digital preservation.

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