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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking
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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking

Google and other online mapmakers revise borders depending on who is viewing them, in deference to diplomats, policymakers, and their own executives, according...

Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses
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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses

In recent years, ransomware attacks have crippled computer networks and extorted money to restore access to users.

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
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This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect
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Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect

A man convicted for murder is on track to have his conviction overturned, thanks to an algorithm that reanalyzed DNA and pointed to a new suspect. 

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content
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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the country's media regulator Ofcom new responsibilities for monitoring Internet content.

Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias
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Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias

More moderation associated with more hate speech and misinformation, not politics.

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says
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Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says

A report from cybersecurity company Malwarebytes concluded that Mac computers are more vulnerable to software threats than Microsoft Windows systems.

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away
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An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

Local authorities in the U.S. and Europe use predictive governance algorithms to assess people's risk of criminality, and base probation, jail time, and other decisions...

The End of Internet Freedom?
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The End of Internet Freedom?

Russia and other countries are turning to more stringent Internet controls that threaten the free flow of information.

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit
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Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook has agreed to play $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois.

Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census
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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census.

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.

Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees
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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.

Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm
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Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm

Researchers have demonstrated a security flaw in the widely used SHA-1 security algorithm that would allow bad actors to fake files and the information within them...

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

Foiling IoT Hackers
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Foiling IoT Hackers

Cybersecurity specialists are working to head off hackers trying to use the Internet of Things as their gateway into smart homes.
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