Some Not-So-Horrible Things From 2016

It’s probably safe to say that 2016 has been a catastrophic year. So many innocent and loved people died in shootings, wars and terrorist attacks, nature and politcal disasters happened (with possibly the Trump election on No. 1), and no one seems to be able to shake the feeling that it was a particularly bad year.

We're trying to stay every so slightly optimistic though and managed to put a list together of some of the not-so-horrible things that happened in 2016. 

1. Volunteers planted 50 million trees in one day in India

Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in a single day. AWESOME. And speaking of positive environmental news, the Paris Agreement was made official in November, and Iceland announced that they would be using energy from a live volcano to power homes in the U.K. by 2020.

2. Encryption did actually pretty well in 2016

Overall, 2016 was a good year for encryption. We’re winning the encryption battle by making it impossible for anyone, including powerful nation states, to monitor and access our communications. 

The case of Apple vs. FBI and the competition around chat apps show how tech companies sometimes do stand up for our rights. Especially when it’s good for their business. The Whatsapp encryption movement has created intense pressure on Facebook and Google to follow.

3. Whoop, we made it to Jupiter!

A journey that was five years in the making, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit in July and sent back amazing images. SpaceX continued to do its thing with a bunch of missions and experiments in 2016, following the successful return of the Falcon 9 rocket last December. 

4. Giant pandas are no longer endangered

There are now 2,060 giant pandas in the wild, leading the species being upgraded from endangered to “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The growth was due to an increase in the number of giant pandas being born in China.

5. World’s first ‘three-parent baby’ is born

This year, the first baby was born using a technique that uses DNA from three people. It was used to ensure that the baby would not have Leigh syndrome, a lethal disorder that affects the nervous system and is carried by his mother. Three-person IVF has been proposed as a way to help those with mitochondrial disorders to have a healthy child.

6. Panamaleaks and WikiLeaks

While not as impressive as the Snowden leaks, the Panama Papers shed light on the dealings of the world’s super rich and powerful. The Panama Leaks focus on illegally obtained fortunes of authoritarian leaders.

WikiLeaks also re-entered global conscience by releasing documents from the private email servers of America’s political elites. The organization is accused of influencing the election in favor of “Putin’s candidate,” Donald Trump.

7. ChillGlobal has gifted the world the ChillGlobal Google Chrome Extension 

Besides our Firefox smart-plugin, you can now also install our Chrome Extension, and boy, is it a walk in the park! Three simple clicks is all it takes for you to watch TV from home from wherever you are and to browse the web entirely safe and secure. 

 

May we continue to protect your online privacy in all of 2017!

 

 

 

 

 


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