Our picksMalaysia’s missing airplane | Space debris | Newtown parents’ victory, and more

Published 18 June 2019

·  What really happened to Malaysia’s missing airplane

·  We’ve entered a new age of cyberwar

·  The coming flood of space debris can’t be stopped by technology alone

·  Florida airport has new ways to warn public of emergencies

·  Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers

·  Fight deepfakes with cyberweapons and sanctions, experts tell Congress

·  Adapting to rising flood insurance premiums on the coast

·  Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants

What really happened to Malaysia’s missing airplane (William Langewiesche, The Atlantic)
Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.

We’ve entered a new age of cyberwar (Fred Kaplan, Slate)
So the United States is hacking Russia’s power grid, just as Russia is hacking ours, in ways that are more aggressive than in the past, according to a front-page story in Sunday’s New York Times. But what does it all mean? Is this hacking really much different from what’s gone on for many years? Does it boost the chances of a cyber arms race or a cyberwar?
One thing is clear: Cyberspace is now seen by officers and officials as just another “domain” of warfare—along with air, land, sea, and space. But there’s something different and more dangerous about this domain: It takes place out of sight, its operations are so highly classified that only a few people know what’s going on there, and it creates an inherently hair-trigger situation, which could unleash war in lightning speed with no warning.
The Times reports that Donald Trump wasn’t even fully briefed on the hacking of Russia’s power grid, in part because officials feared that he might “countermand” the order—suggesting the hack was in place before they told Trump anything about it—and that he might tell foreign officials about it, carelessly or otherwise. Whatever the reason, Trump wasn’t fully briefed because he didn’t have to be.

The coming flood of space debris can’t be stopped by technology alone (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)
Giant nets may help, but nations must solve the problem with new rules down here on Earth.

Florida airport has new ways to warn public of emergencies (Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel)
The changes are meant to prevent the chaos that forced the airport to close after five people were killed there in January 2017. The shooter was captured in minutes, but passengers were stranded on the tarmac for hours.

Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers (Nat Eaton-Robb, AP)
The publishers of a book titled Nobody Died at Sandy Hook have lost a defamation lawsuit filed by Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son, Noah, was murdered in the 2012 shooting in Newton, Connecticut. The book, which claimed the shooting never happened, has also been pulled