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Why Video Games Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse
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Why Video Games Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse

Video games are, in a way, the perfect medium through which to depict the post-apocalypse. If we assume that after the collapse of civilisation everyone will revert...

Defending Tor, Gateway to the Dark Web
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Defending Tor, Gateway to the Dark Web

When Roger Dingledine talks about the dark web, he waves his hands in the air, as if not quite convinced of its existence.

Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy
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Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy

Remember that picture you sent to your family of your children playing in the paddling pool? Or that private text you sent to someone trusted? Or when you searched...

What If the Internet Stopped Working For a Day?
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What If the Internet Stopped Working For a Day?

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves.

The New Words That Expose Our Smartphone Obsessions
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The New Words That Expose Our Smartphone Obsessions

New words sometimes skewer a trend so perfectly you wonder how you survived without them. One of the most delightfully apt new phrases I've found in the last few...

Facebook Fake News Row: Mark Zuckerberg Is a Politician Now
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Facebook Fake News Row: Mark Zuckerberg Is a Politician Now

I've long suspected that Mark Zuckerberg, who often refers to himself as the "leader" of Facebook, has dreams of high office.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

America's Crypto Battles
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America's Crypto Battles

John Miller reckons he can get into pretty much any safe.

Google's Vint Cerf Warns of 'digital Dark Age'
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Google's Vint Cerf Warns of 'digital Dark Age'

Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?
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Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?

Do you know what you really want?

How to Conquer the Galaxy on a Computer
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How to Conquer the Galaxy on a Computer

Space is big. Really big. And not just in terms of the mind-boggingly vast distances between the stars and planets out there in the Universe at large.

North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation
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North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation

What's the point of a computer in a hermit country sealed off from the internet?

Could Robots Become Too Cute For Comfort?
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Could Robots Become Too Cute For Comfort?

Would you share your innermost secret with a robot?

Cyborgs: The Truth About Human Augmentation
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Cyborgs: The Truth About Human Augmentation

At the height of summer, when London was baking in unseasonable heat, I made an ill-fated trip to the Serpentine lido in central London.

The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet
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The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet

You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now taking place in...

Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows
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Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows

The BBC has interviewed Andrew Lewman, executive director of the Tor Project.

James Foley: Extremists Battle with Social Media
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James Foley: Extremists Battle with Social Media

Just as Islamic State (IS) has swept across Iraq, so too has it swarmed over social media—using the platform with a sophistication never before witnessed in this...

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

Google Ruling 'astonishing', Says Wikipedia Founder Wales
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Google Ruling 'astonishing', Says Wikipedia Founder Wales

The European Courts of Justice ruled on Tuesday that an individual could demand that "irrelevant or outdated" information be deleted from results.

Are There Any Benefits to Losing Our Privacy?
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Are There Any Benefits to Losing Our Privacy?

In a digital world, our every move can be tracked, collected and analysed.
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