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Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots
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Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots

Thousands of votes in Georgia's primary may not have been counted, due to faulty software or poorly calibrated scanners used to count mailed ballots.

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak
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Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak

The breach came nearly three years after Edward Snowden stole and disclosed classified information about NSA surveillance operations.

Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?
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Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?

It sometimes seems automated bots are taking over social media and driving human discourse. But some (real) researchers aren't so sure.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That
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Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That

The Dutch government wants every citizen to download an app for tracking and tracing potential Covid-19 infections, but the app does not yet exist.  

Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew
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Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew

A multi-institutional and international collaboration has yielded autonomous robots that use ultraviolet lamps to kill powdery mildew on crops.

DARPA Invites Hackers to Break Hardware to Make It More Secure
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DARPA Invites Hackers to Break Hardware to Make It More Secure

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is inviting white-hat hackers to identify vulnerabilities in computer chips prior to their deployment.

Signal Downloads Are Way Up Since the Protests Began
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Signal Downloads Are Way Up Since the Protests Began

Organizers and demonstrators say they feel safer communicating with end-to-end encryption.

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects
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Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects

Researchers have developed a method to improve self-driving vehicles's ability to detect objects by enabling them to recognize empty space.

Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack
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Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Universal Plug and Play networking protocol could expose billions of smart home devices to cyberattack.

Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

Younger People, Users of Niche Social Media Platforms More Likely to Share Covid-19 Disinformation
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Younger People, Users of Niche Social Media Platforms More Likely to Share Covid-19 Disinformation

More than half of respondents to the study who shared disinformation were 39 or younger.

U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web
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U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web

Researchers have found that data on millions of U.S. voters is being illegally traded on parts of the Internet not searchable using normal means.

The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover
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The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will launch the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission on July 17.

NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

A New York University report urges social media companies to stop outsourcing the moderation of their content.

AI vs. AI
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AI vs. AI

Financial institutions use AI to create "synthetic identities" for customers; hackers use 'bad' AI to fool the 'good' AI.

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
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Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s

A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite.
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