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Leo Mirani

Leo Mirani is a reporter for Quartz in London. He has previously worked at The Economist, Time Out Mumbai and Tehelka.
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There’s One Part of the Tech Industry that Mobile Is Not Disrupting

April 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mobile has turned the tech industry upside down, destroying old businesses and creating new ones. But there is one corner of the tech industry that is strangely unaffected by the rise of the smartphone: hacking. According to Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), an authoritative annual report (pdf) that ...

The Many Americans Who Only Use Smartphones to Go Online

April 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The idea that new Internet users will come online on smartphones rather than computers is now well established. But it is often assumed that this population is composed entirely of people from the world’s poor countries. A new report from Pew punctures that assumption: It turns out that one in ...

Why the Mobile Industry Wants to Kill the Password

March 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nobody likes passwords. They’re hard to remember, we’re terrible at coming up with good ones, and they’re not much use anyway. Yet they refuse to go away. The closest we’ve come to getting rid of them is by using the likes of Google and Facebook to log in to other ...

How American and British Spies Hacked the World’s Largest SIM-Card-Maker

February 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mass surveillance by America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) cast its net even wider than previously thought. The Intercept, a website that publishes stories based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reports today that the two agencies hacked the networks of Gemalto, a ...

Why the Top-Level Domain Revolution Fizzled Out

February 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Feb. 4 last year, Internet users could for the first time have some fun with their website domain names. For decades, the web had been restricted to handful of top-level domain names (TLDs), such as the .com in qz.com. But in 2014, website registrants could start using the first ...

The Search Engine of the Future Will be All-Seeing, All-Knowing ‘Watcher in the Sky’

January 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever since Google burst onto the scene with its pristine white homepage and barebones results page, search has remained essentially the same. There have been improvements: instant search, location- and history-based results, images, news clippings, video. But any query still begins with a user typing in a set of keywords ...

5 Tech Predictions You Should Actually Pay Attention To

January 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow January may be coming to a close, but the flood of predictions, forecasts, and prognostications for the year ahead hasn’t abated. Among the dross however is the annual list of predictions from GP Bullhound (pdf), a boutique investment bank that specializes in tech companies. The bank is worth listening to: ...

Why Fewer Americans Are Googling Things

January 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Quartz argued last year, Google’s hold on the search market is indisputably solid, but it is not set in stone. While no single company will be able to bump Google off its pedestal, several rivals are attacking from different fronts—the latest of which involves Mozilla’s Firefox browser. In November, ...

How Even the Remotest Parts of the World Are Getting Mobile Coverage

December 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For mobile operators, setting up shop in some of the remotest places on earth can bring rich rewards, but also tremendous risk. Sometimes the risk is too much—Digicel founder Denis O’Brien said his company lost nine people in “plane crashes, accidents, car crashes” when it was building its network in ...

Why Robots Won't Take Over the World Anytime Soon

December 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just this week, the world’s most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking, laid out his worries about artificial intelligence: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he told the BBC. In October, Elon Musk delivered much the same message, warning that “we should be ...