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Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues
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Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of...

Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine
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Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine


N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech
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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge project.

Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It
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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations...

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators
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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.

Attackers Can Make It Impossible to Dial 911
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Attackers Can Make It Impossible to Dial 911

A new cyberattack strategy can block access to 911 emergency services by exploiting vulnerabilities in the system.

PCAST Releases Report on Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors
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PCAST Releases Report on Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

The Computing Research Association has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades.

Cyberwar for Sale
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Cyberwar for Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

Apple Removes New York Times App in China 
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Apple Removes New York Times App in China 

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities...

Trump Questions Quest for Cybersecurity: 'No Computer Is Safe' 
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Trump Questions Quest for Cybersecurity: 'No Computer Is Safe' 

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned whether critical computer networks can ever be protected from intruders, alarming cybersecurity experts who...

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar
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How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar

Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.

Election System Susceptible to Rigging Despite Red Flags
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Election System Susceptible to Rigging Despite Red Flags

The U.S. election system is fraught with vulnerabilities, including antiquated electronic voting machines that can be hacked without leaving a paper trail.

U.S. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources
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U.S. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals...

Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.
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Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning last November, they discovered Victor Collins's dead body in the backyard.

Exploring Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Exploring Post-Quantum Cryptography

The New Hope post-quantum algorithm to protect encryptions against quantum computers won its developers Facebook’s 2016 Internet Defense Prize (and $100,000); Google...

A Matter of Life or Death
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A Matter of Life or Death

More than 2.5 million people from more than 160 countries have shared their opinions about which algorithmic decisions are most ethical for a self-driving vehicle...

Walking the Line: WPI Students Develop App as Sobriety Test
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Walking the Line: WPI Students Develop App as Sobriety Test

A smartphone application in development at Massachusetts' Worcester Polytechnic Institute tells users when they have had too much alcohol by monitoring changes...

New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices
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New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security...

Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power
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Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.
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