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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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.

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...

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.

A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack
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A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack

Researchers completing the first large-scale analysis of victims of Internet denial-of-service attacks worldwide found about a third of the IPv4 address space was...

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
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Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial"...

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age
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CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age

Completely Automated Public Turing Tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) appear to be heading toward obsolescence.

Smart Access to Homes and Cars Using Fingers
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Smart Access to Homes and Cars Using Fingers

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a low-cost, minimal-power smart access system that can authenticate users by sensing their finger vibrations.

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...
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