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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities
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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching.

How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It
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How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked...

Ready Player One: We Are Surprisingly Close to Realizing Just Such a VR Dystopia
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Ready Player One: We Are Surprisingly Close to Realizing Just Such a VR Dystopia

I was fortunate enough to catch a preview screening of Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel.

Using Blockchain to Secure the 'Internet of Things'
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Using Blockchain to Secure the 'Internet of Things'

The world is full of connected devices—and more are coming. In 2017, there were an estimated 8.4 billion internet-enabled thermostats, cameras, streetlights and...

Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to
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Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers' digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts—including...

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond
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Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.

Real Security Requires Strong Encryption–even If Investigators Get Blocked
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Real Security Requires Strong Encryption–even If Investigators Get Blocked

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have been fighting against easy, widespread public access to encryption technologies for 25 years.

How the Chinese Cyberthreat Has evolved
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How the Chinese Cyberthreat Has evolved

With more than half of its 1.4 billion people online, the world's most populous country is home to a slew of cyberspies and hackers.

The Only Safe Email Is text-Only email
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The Only Safe Email Is text-Only email

It's troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a ...

Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian cyberthreat
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Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian cyberthreat

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military...

End-to-End Encryption Isn't Enough Security For 'real people'
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End-to-End Encryption Isn't Enough Security For 'real people'

Government officials continue to seek technology companies' help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular...

Building Privacy Right Into Software code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together On brain-Computer interface Technology
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Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together On brain-Computer interface Technology

In the 1995 film "Batman Forever," the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers' most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman's true identity.

7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services
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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with...

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?
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Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today's imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality...

Cybersecurity's Next Phase: cyber-Deterrence
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Cybersecurity's Next Phase: cyber-Deterrence

Cyberattackers pose many threats to a wide range of targets. Russia, for example, was accused of hacking Democratic Party computers throughout the year, interfering...

Why Save a Computer Virus?
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Why Save a Computer Virus?

On average, 82,000 new malware threats are created each day.

After Fatality, Autonomous Car Development May Speed Up
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After Fatality, Autonomous Car Development May Speed Up

The world has witnessed enormous advances in autonomous passenger vehicle technologies over the last dozen years.

How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies For 2016?
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How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies For 2016?

Take an advanced technology. Add a twist of fantasy. Stir well, and watch the action unfold.

What Makes a 'smart Gun' Smart?
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What Makes a 'smart Gun' Smart?

Every time a toddler accidentally shoots a friend or family member, a teen kills himself via gunshot or a shooter perpetrates an act of mass violence, public discussion...
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