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Who's Watching You? Not Just the Nsa.
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Who's Watching You? Not Just the Nsa.

While you were tweeting an Instagram of your home-cooked tikka masala last night, we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on...

Our Guts May Hate Mars
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Our Guts May Hate Mars

Eighty thousand people recently applied for a trip to Mars, an excursion that will allegedly be funded by selling reality-TV show rights for the voyage.

Government Plan to Build 'back Doors' For Online Surveillance Could Create Dangerous Vulnerabilities
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Government Plan to Build 'back Doors' For Online Surveillance Could Create Dangerous Vulnerabilities

Recently, the FBI has been attacking the "going dark" problem—that is, its inability to read all electronic communications—from both legal and technological angles...

Escape Plans
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Escape Plans

When the Russian asteroid became a fireball in the air over Chelyabinsk, destroying buildings and injuring hundreds, we were lucky it wasn’t worse.

Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid
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Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid

A man sitting alone at his kitchen table pauses before eating his breakfast.

What Is the Syrian Electronic Army Trying to Accomplish, Anyway?
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What Is the Syrian Electronic Army Trying to Accomplish, Anyway?

In June 2011, just a few short months after protests first erupted in Syria, the country's president, Bashar Al-Assad, made a speech in which he thanked a group...

Superhero or Supervillain?
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Superhero or Supervillain?

From invisibility to superhuman strength to telekinesis, a wave of emerging technologies promise to give people powers once reserved for comic-book characters.

How Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen See the Future
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How Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen See the Future

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is ready for a future where his smart mattress monitors sleep patterns and alerts the curtains to allow daylight in, waking...

Why I Love the National Internet Sales Tax Plan
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Why I Love the National Internet Sales Tax Plan

The Internet, in the popular imagination, is supposed to be free—"the last bastion of our economy untouched by the government," as they say on Fox News.

We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now
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We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing.

How New Military Technologies Can Help Prevent the Next Boston or Newtown
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How New Military Technologies Can Help Prevent the Next Boston or Newtown

This week, it's bombs. In December, it was guns.

Will Bitcoins Make Me Rich?
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Will Bitcoins Make Me Rich?

Let me begin this column with a lengthy disclosure. One morning last week, I stopped at my bank, filled out a withdrawal slip for $1,027.51, and walked away with...

The Chilling Effects of the Dmca
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The Chilling Effects of the Dmca

It was hard to believe, but the student insisted it was true.

Why We'll Never Make an ­npickable Lock
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Why We'll Never Make an ­npickable Lock

It would be roughly accurate to say that there have been locks as long as there have been things humans wanted to guard.

Can Your Boss Read Your Email?
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Can Your Boss Read Your Email?

Harvard faculty members responded with shock after the Boston Globe revealed that theuniversity’s administration had searched 16 faculty deans’ email accounts to...

On Today's Battlefield, Is Information More Important Than Firepower?
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On Today's Battlefield, Is Information More Important Than Firepower?

Halo, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Metal Gear Solid—these kinds of games taught a generation to see enemies as red dots on a mini-map...

Is It Time To Take Cyborg Rights Seriously? A Q&a With Neil Harbisson.
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Is It Time To Take Cyborg Rights Seriously? A Q&a With Neil Harbisson.

Harbisson was born without the ability to see color, but a device he calls his "eyeborg" allows him to now "hear" color.

The Art of Cyberwar
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The Art of Cyberwar

The New York Times’ front-page report last week that the Chinese army is hacking into America's most sensitive computer networks from a 12-story building outside...

Phreaks and Geeks
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Phreaks and Geeks

One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.

The Two Classes of Cyber Threats
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The Two Classes of Cyber Threats

There is one number that matters most in cybersecurity.
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