3Qs: Making sense of the encryption debate

Last week, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in both the Repub­lican and Demo­c­ratic debates offered some inter­esting views about the Internet. Here, Daniel Wichs, an expert in modern cryp­tog­raphy and an assis­tant pro­fessor of com­puter sci­ence, weighs in on the debate about Internet security.

The growth of physics research, and its changing impact on our lives

Over the past cen­tury, the dis­ci­pline of physics has expanded expo­nen­tially, crossing bound­aries into areas as diverse as biology and engi­neering. Net­work sci­en­tists in the lab of Albert-​​László Barabási ana­lyzed how this growth drives tech­no­log­ical break­throughs that improve our lives.

3Qs: Is Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US even legal?

The leading Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date this week called for a ban on all Mus­lims entering the country. Law pro­fessor Wendy Parmet says this ban would fly in the face of U.S. con­sti­tu­tional values, morality, and human rights.

3Qs: IMF names Chinese yuan one of world’s elite currencies

Kamran Dad­khah, asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics, dis­cusses the inclu­sion of the Chi­nese yuan as a world reserve cur­rency, and the impli­ca­tions this deci­sion might have for the inter­na­tional economy going forward.

3Qs: #GivingTuesday and how to measure the impact of your gift

Today is #Giv­ingTuesday, dubbed as a global day ded­i­cated to giving back. Pro­fessor Patricia Illing­worth says that while the day can greatly ben­efit char­i­ties, there are con­cerns with the unof­fi­cial hol­iday and that people should con­sider the impact of their char­i­table gifts.

3Qs: What using the name ‘Daesh,’ rather than ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL,’ really means

Three fac­ulty members—Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of Jour­nalism, Shakir Mustafa, teaching pro­fessor of Arabic, and Heather Lit­tle­field, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in linguistics—explain the dif­fer­ences among the names ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh and why they matter.

3Qs: Snapchat’s new privacy policy: What you should know

The mes­saging app recently updated its pri­vacy policy, causing an outcry among users. Here, law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey, an expert in intel­lec­tual prop­erty, explains what the new policy does—or doesn’t—change, and offers advice for social media users.

3Qs: When classic TV shows make a comeback

There’s a growing trend of reviving classic TV shows. So why can’t we resist watching when our favorite shows, like X-​​Files, from years ago return to TV? “It’s like vis­iting with old friends,” says asso­ciate pro­fessor of media and screen studies Joanne Morreale.