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There's a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks
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There's a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks

Adopt and enforce regulations for the cryptocurrency industry that are equivalent to traditional banking

Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?
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Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?

Perhaps, if nations can settle for slugging it out online, rather than with guns and missiles?

The Crackdown in China Is a Hot Mess, and It's Coming for Us
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The Crackdown in China Is a Hot Mess, and It's Coming for Us

Recent moves by the Chinese government against tech companies represent a terrifying government action.

Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?
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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

Leon Panetta is one of the few American government officials who can look around at the nation's rolling cyberdisasters and justifiably say, “I told you so.”

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?
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Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

Companies should be barred from analyzing what people say and how they sound to recommend products or personalize advertising messages.

Tech in the Post-Pandemic World
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Tech in the Post-Pandemic World

Assessing its future, both the bad and the good.

Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?
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Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

The federal government should set minimum security standards for software and software development.

A Case for Banning Facial Recognition
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A Case for Banning Facial Recognition

A Google research scientist explains why she thinks the police shouldn't use facial recognition software.

A Case for Banning Facial Recognition
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A Case for Banning Facial Recognition

A Google research scientist explains why she thinks the police shouldn't use facial recognition software.

We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.
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We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.

We Shouldn't be Scared by 'Superintelligent A.I.'
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We Shouldn't be Scared by 'Superintelligent A.I.'

Bostrom, Russell, and other writers argue that even if the probability is small that superintelligent machines will emerge in the foreseeable future, we should...

50 Years Ago, I Helped Invent the Internet. How Did It Go So Wrong?
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50 Years Ago, I Helped Invent the Internet. How Did It Go So Wrong?

We did not anticipate that the dark side of the Internet would emerge with such ferocity. Or that we would feel an urgent need to fix it.

Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State
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Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State

What are your most important tech tools for reporting in Shanghai, especially with a government known for surveillance?

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent
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How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and...

To Cover China, There's No Substitute for WeChat
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To Cover China, There's No Substitute for WeChat

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Li Yuan, a technology columnist in Hong Kong, discussed the tech she's...

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing
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The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Personal technology was so awful this year that nobody would think you were paranoid if you dug a hole and buried your computer, phone and smart speaker under six...

Can the ­.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?
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Can the ­.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?

Imagine, if you will (and you should), a big American tech executive being detained over unspecified charges while on a trip to Beijing.

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s
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The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

In the fall of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson's administration announced a plan to consolidate hundreds of federal databases into one centralized National Data...

The New Radicalization of the Internet
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The New Radicalization of the Internet

Social media has played a key role in the recent rise of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, including three recent incidents—one in which a man...

How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?
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How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?

During the summer before the 2016 presidential election, John Seymour and Philip Tully, two researchers with ZeroFOX, a security company in Baltimore, unveiled...
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