3 biggest challenges for tech in 2019

If you thought 2018 was a bad year for tech, 2019 might turn out to be even worse. This year was filled with revelations about privacy, security and cyber warfare. Next year, the consequences of those revelations will unfold. And we should be very worried about what the future holds.

In 2018, it became very clear that Americans have no control over their digital information. We discovered that our cellphones could be monitored, and many of the apps on our phones are tracking us. We found out that Facebook shared our private messages with third parties and let developers using its platform harvest and exploit our data in order to influence political elections. Our data is perpetually being gathered, leaked, exploited, breached and sold.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2018, with the headline '3 biggest challenges for tech in 2019'. Print Edition | Subscribe