Our very own Daily Update has some great stories from around the world for you today. Politics, technology, and something from the complicated world of finance. We have one article about how your Facebook feed is keeping you from making the world better, one about what would happen if we all stopped paying our student loans, one about if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton even matter, one about how the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers and one about the cyber attack that changed the world.
Quartz: Your Facebook Feed Is Keeping You From Making The World Better
As one of the highest-ranking foreign policy officials in the Obama administration, UN ambassador Samantha Power is trying to change the world. When she spoke to graduating seniors at Yale this weekend, Power zeroed in on a huge force that she says is weighted against change: your Facebook feed. In Power’s Class Day address at Yale, she said that in order to “live fully and leave the world a little better than you found it.”
MEL: What Would Happen If We All Stopped Paying Our Student Loans?
Student loans are the financial equivalent of Marvel movies: insanely expensive, aggressively expanding and seemingly unavoidable. The class of 2016 will carry the highest average student loan debt ever, with 7 out of 10 seniors graduating in debt. And the average debt load is $37,172 — up from last year’s $35,000. According to the Wall Street Journal, the size of all student debt has tripled over the past decade. Student loans are now the second-largest source of personal debt in the U.S.—more than credit card and auto loan debt, and trailing only mortgage debt.
The New Yorker: Do Trump And Clinton Matter?
In a way, this election can be seen as an ultimate test of how powerful political polarization is. If Trump can receive the same support as Mitt Romney, and if Clinton — who eight years ago ran to the right of Barack Obama, in a Party that since has moved substantially to the left — can receive the same baseline support as the President, then the populist anger that has moved through both primaries this year may matter less than we thought it would.
The Guardian: How The Pentagon Punished NSA Whistleblowers
By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing.
The Daily Dot: The Cyberattack That Changed The World
As with so many historic singular moments, the lead up to Web War I is marked by decades of blood and oppression. Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe. It borders the Baltic Sea, Latvia, and Russia. That last one is big in every sense of the word. A former Soviet satellite, Estonia was on the wrong end of a half-century occupation that turned the country into a hyper-militarized border zone from which the Soviet Army poised its war-fighting power toward the West.
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