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Who Controls the Internet?
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Who Controls the Internet?

Have you ever noticed that wherever you are in the world, every telephone keypad looks the same? Or wondered why satellites don't crash into each other? Or why...

Anonymous: Behind the Masks of the Cyber Insurgents
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Anonymous: Behind the Masks of the Cyber Insurgents

Spalding railway station in Lincolnshire is not a big place. It takes me about two seconds to scan the platform and spot who I'm looking for: Jake Davis, aka Topiary...

­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida
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­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida

Instead of prosecuting elite computer hackers, the U.S. government should recruit them to launch cyber-attacks against Islamist terrorists and other foes, according...

'leap Second' Lengthens Weekend
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'leap Second' Lengthens Weekend

The world is about to get a well-earned long weekend but don't make big plans because it will only last an extra second. A so-called "leap second" will be added...

What Is an Internet Troll?
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What Is an Internet Troll?

I'm sitting waiting for the House of Commons to start debating a Law Against Trolls or, as they would call it, an amendment to the Defamation Act. It would basically...

Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'
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Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a "back door" in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft, such as the Boeing 787, that could allow the chip...

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The Guardian's Open 20: Fighters For Internet Freedom

From politicians and professors to computer scientists and the first programmer, champions of the open Internet.

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

To Stop Cybercrime We Need to Think Like the Criminals
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To Stop Cybercrime We Need to Think Like the Criminals

Whenever William Hague, our esteemed foreign secretary, speaks on the subject of cyberspace, what comes to mind is Dr Johnson’s celebrated comment about seeing...

Governments Turn to Hacking Techniques For Surveillance of Citizens
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Governments Turn to Hacking Techniques For Surveillance of Citizens

In a luxury Washington, D.C., hotel last month, governments from around the world gathered to discuss surveillance technology they would rather you did not know...

MI5 Joins Social Messaging Trawl for Riot Organisers
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MI5 Joins Social Messaging Trawl for Riot Organisers

Intelligence agency asked to crack encrypted messages—especially on BlackBerry Messenger—to help police.

David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media
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David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media

David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites, such as...

Police to Track Rioters Who Used Blackberrys
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Police to Track Rioters Who Used Blackberrys

Police investigating those responsible for the London riots will be able to track down and arrest them based on their BlackBerry Messenger communication with...

Ted's Chris Anderson: The Man Who Made Youtube Clever
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Ted's Chris Anderson: The Man Who Made Youtube Clever

With his TED Talks series, the former magazine mogul Chris Anderson has racked up 500 million web video views for speeches by academics and technological experts...

Bitcoin: The Hacker Currency That's Taking Over the Web
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Bitcoin: The Hacker Currency That's Taking Over the Web

Global, private and untraceable, it's the monetary system of choice for libertarians, geeks, businesspeople, and, apparently, drug kingpins.

Stuxnet Attack Forced Britain to Rethink the Cyber War
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Stuxnet Attack Forced Britain to Rethink the Cyber War

The pieces of the puzzle began to take shape, and then fall into place, on 17 June last year, when Sergey Ulasen was emailed by a dealer in Tehran about an irritating...

Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech
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Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent"...

Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?
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Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google's chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly...

Goal-Line Technologists Fail Fifa Test
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Goal-Line Technologists Fail Fifa Test

Fifa's plans to introduce goal-line technology have suffered a setback after every one of the 10 companies which took part in trials last week failed to meet...

Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee
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Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web says reporters should be hunting for stories in datasets.
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