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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Why Data Is the New Coal
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Why Data Is the New Coal

"Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep learning, westated Fortune...

Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

Y'all Have a Texas Accent? Siri (and the World) Might Be Slowly Killing It
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Y'all Have a Texas Accent? Siri (and the World) Might Be Slowly Killing It

It was a simple enough question, at least in this part of the world.

Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

Artificial Intelligence: 'Homo Sapiens Will Be Split Into a Handful of Gods and the Rest of Us'
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Artificial Intelligence: 'Homo Sapiens Will Be Split Into a Handful of Gods and the Rest of Us'

If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill which...

16 Trends That Will Define the Future of Video Games
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16 Trends That Will Define the Future of Video Games

Hundreds of game developers, publishers and analysts recently descended on Brighton for the annual Develop conference.

Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience
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Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience

There's something so wonderfully easy about reading this column in a physical newspaper.

Artificial Intelligence Will Not Turn Into a Frankenstein's Monster
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Artificial Intelligence Will Not Turn Into a Frankenstein's Monster

The singularity—or, to give it its proper title, the technological singularity. It's an idea that has taken on a life of its own; more of a life, I suspect, than...

Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age for Research
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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age for Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

NSA Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure
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NSA Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure

Now that we have enough details about how the NSA eavesdrops on the Internet, including today's disclosures of the NSA's deliberate weakening of cryptographic systems...

The Problem with Algorithms: Magnifying Misbehaviour
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The Problem with Algorithms: Magnifying Misbehaviour

By the time you read these words, much of what has appeared on the screen of whatever device you are using has been dictated by a series of conditional instructions...

Bradley Manning 'Aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism
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Bradley Manning 'Aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism

Thursday, Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial, refused to dismiss the "aiding the enemy" charge.

Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to U.S. Innovation
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Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to U.S. Innovation

At last, some good news about America's dysfunctional patent system: the White House has noticed there's a problem.

Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix
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Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly.

Search Me: Online Reputation Management
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Search Me: Online Reputation Management

A few weeks ago, I Googled a pub to find out where it was.

Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?
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Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?

The Internet has turned into a massive surveillance tool.

Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?
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Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really...

Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the U.S. Government?
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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the U.S. Government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the U.S. surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done...
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