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How the Government Can Read Your Email
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How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists
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New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

Researchers at Stanford University have created a national database comprised of data on state patrol stops to uncover evidence of a double standard applied to...

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

AI for the Common Good
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AI for the Common Good

Considering guiding principles for artificial intelligence with regard to privacy and security.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain
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Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain

What's in it for me?

U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS
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U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...

How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters
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How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters

The opening chords of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" rocked a hotel ballroom in New York City as a nattily dressed British man strode onstage...

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.

Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook
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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges that suggests...

The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy
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The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy

Leaning back in his chair, Jonathan Mattingly swings his legs up onto his desk, presses a key on his laptop and changes the results of the 2012 elections in North...

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots
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Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

Catching the IMSI-Catchers: SeaGlass Brings Transparency to Cell Phone Surveillance
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Catching the IMSI-Catchers: SeaGlass Brings Transparency to Cell Phone Surveillance

The SeaGlass system can spot cellular network anomalies that may signal where and when International Mobile Subscriber Identity-catchers are being used to pinpoint...

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture
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Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture

Despite the technology industry's attempts to achieve gender equality, the sector suffers from chronic underrepresentation of women.

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives
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How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and...

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker
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How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May...
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