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The Internet's History Isn’t As "open" As You Think
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The Internet's History Isn’t As "open" As You Think

This spring, the Federal Communications Commission is deciding how to regulate the "Open Internet"—a term it uses to refer to the movement for net neutrality.

I Didn't Type This Article
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I Didn't Type This Article

I'm dictating it to my iPhone as I walk down the busy city street on the way to my office in the West Village.

What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?
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What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?

I once ran into a friend and her husband at the playground in our neighborhood in Manhattan.

The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was
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The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was

So for the past 18 months, there has been a horrific security hole in many of Apple's products that has allowed "man in the middle" attacks on supposedly secure...

Good Riddance to Mt. Gox
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Good Riddance to Mt. Gox

It is over. Mt. Gox, bitcoin’s oldest—and once its most popular—exchange, was taken offline Monday night, leaving behind angry customers and acrimonious debate...

Let the Nsa Keep Hold of the Data
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Let the Nsa Keep Hold of the Data

One of the recommendations by the president's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies on reforming the National Security Agency—No. 5, if you're...

Virtual Worlds Are Real
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Virtual Worlds Are Real

Ever since virtual worlds and online games emerged in the mainstream consciousness around 2005, the media has insisted on framing them as escapist fantasies.

Pretty Good Privacy
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Pretty Good Privacy

Few critics of the NSA will find much satisfaction in President Obama's speech this morning or in the set of reforms that he announced.

Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency
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Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot.

The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional
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The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional

Last month two judges issued two different opinions about the NSA's controversial bulk metadata collection program.

Whither Net Neutrality?
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Whither Net Neutrality?

As the new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, has kicked up some dust in the tech community by laying the groundwork for a grand vision for...

Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.
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Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.

It's a good bet that, in the next few weeks, President Obama will impose some serious reforms—and ask Congress to enact a few more—on how the National Security...

Can You Hack It?
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Can You Hack It?

Wherever you're sitting right now, take a moment to note the connected devices around you.

The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football
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The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football

Watching football means watching young men damage their brains.

Forget Moocs
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Forget Moocs

For a year or two there, free online classes seemed like they just might be the future of higher education.

It's a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology
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It's a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology

Images of tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are continually thrown at us by politicians, economists, and the media.

WikiLeaks' Teenage Benedict Arnold
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WikiLeaks' Teenage Benedict Arnold

When he met Julian Assange for the first time, Sigurdur Thordarson admired the WikiLeaks founder's attitude and quickly signed up to the cause.

Former Nsa Chief on Latest Leaked Dragnet Spy Program: It's Real, and It's Spectacular
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Former Nsa Chief on Latest Leaked Dragnet Spy Program: It's Real, and It's Spectacular

Does the NSA really operate a vast database that allows its analysts to sift through millions of records showing nearly everything a user does on the Internet,...

Justice For Alan Turing?
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Justice For Alan Turing?

What do we do with the knowledge that people not all that different from ourselves have behaved with astounding stupidity and cruelty, over and over again, in the...

The Mooc Racket
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The Mooc Racket

The word mooc sounds a bit like slang from Goodfellas or the affectionate shortening of the already-affectionate name of a former outfielder for the New York Mets...
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