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How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda
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How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda

Under fire for Facebook Inc.'s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship...

Estonia, the Digital Republic
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Estonia, the Digital Republic

Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water's...

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments
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It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with bots, memes, and input from people...

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality Vote 
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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality Vote 

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on...

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires...

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first...

China's A.i. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security
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China's A.i. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

During President Trump's visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.

How Disinformation and Distortions on Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide
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How Disinformation and Distortions on Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence...

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed
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How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed

Going viral used to be harmless.

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Bloated Browser Functionality Presents ­nnecessary Security, Privacy Risks
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Bloated Browser Functionality Presents ­nnecessary Security, Privacy Risks

Researchers have identified browser functionalities that are rarely used or needed by Websites, but which pose security and privacy risks.

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Fbi Couldn't Access Nearly 7k Devices Because of Encryption  
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Fbi Couldn't Access Nearly 7k Devices Because of Encryption  

The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday...

Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with Cameras, Drones and Nasa Tech
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Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with Cameras, Drones and Nasa Tech

Richard Vevers, a British underwater photographer, was horrified when he returned in 2015 to a colourful reef in American Samoa he had shot a year earlier. It had...

It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads
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It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads

When you consider the nagging privacy risks of online advertising, you may find comfort in the thought of a vast, abstract company like Pepsi or Nike viewing you...

Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them
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Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them

On Wednesday, the exterior of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters bore an eerie message: "Ban Russian Bots." Someone—the company doesn't know who—projected the...

How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?
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How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?

Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today.

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
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The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...
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