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Voice Impersonators Can Fool Speaker Recognition Systems
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Voice Impersonators Can Fool Speaker Recognition Systems

Researchers have found skillful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, posing a significant security risk.

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...

WPI Research Detects When Online Reviews and News Are a Paid-for Pack of Lies
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WPI Research Detects When Online Reviews and News Are a Paid-for Pack of Lies

New algorithms are designed to combat crowdturfing, in which masses of online workers are paid to post phony reviews, circulate malicious tweets, and spread fake...

As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors
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As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape...

New Software Can Pinpoint Hate Groups' Radicalization Sites
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New Software Can Pinpoint Hate Groups' Radicalization Sites

New software searches mainstream websites and the Dark Web to identify sites that contain terrorist ideologies that encourage people to cause harm.

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System is Failing'
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System is Failing'

The inventor of the World Wide Web remains an optimist but sees a 'nasty wind' blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news.

Did technology kill the truth?
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Did technology kill the truth?

The software algorithms that decide our news feed are programmed to prioritize user attention over truth to optimize for engagement, which means optimizing for...

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code
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The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

The new AI Now Institute is a cross-disciplinary initiative that will research the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Defining a New Model for Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain
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Defining a New Model for Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's David Shrier recently detailed the MIT Trust::Data Consortium's efforts to build new systems that rethink data sharing...

Google Study Finds Phishing Is Top Online Threat
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Google Study Finds Phishing Is Top Online Threat

Internet data breaches threaten the usernames and passwords of billions of people, and phishing attacks are the most effective way to hijack victims' online identities...

Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare
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Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare

Governments are taking a closer look at artificial intelligence as a way to further their strategic interests in areas such as national defense.

Why They Dox: First Large-Scale Study Reveals Top Motivations and Targets for This Form of Cyber Bullying
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Why They Dox: First Large-Scale Study Reveals Top Motivations and Targets for This Form of Cyber Bullying

Researchers say they have published the first large-scale study of doxing.

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.

Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption
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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting,...

Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors
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Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to enhance Hasbro's Joy for All Companion Pets into smart robots that can help older adults with...

Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption
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Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption

Organizations like the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have a hard time cracking suspects' smartphones, thanks to end-to-end encryption.

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper
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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed...

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone
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FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what...

Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A letter from 122 members of the Australian artificial intelligence research community urges Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support for a ban on...
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