The internet reaches orbit

Internet connectivity is covering the world at an increasing pace, but stringing optic fibres or installing wireless repeaters is an inherently limiting process. The launch of the first space-borne internet router heralds a near future where remote communities may be able to get online with a shared satellite dish. Which is, like all technology, a double-edged sword – after all, if terrorist groups can hack a regular television broadcast satellite, it won’t take them long to ramp up to the next level.