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How One Journalist ­ses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of Isis
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How One Journalist ­ses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of Isis

Rukmini Callimachi is arguably the best reporter on the most impor­tant beat in the world. As a New York Times correspondent covering terrorism, her work explores...

Werner Herzog's Web
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Werner Herzog's Web

Werner Herzog gazes solemnly at the metal exoskeleton. The set of robotic arms lies slumped in a laboratory on the UCLA campus, surrounded by empty cardboard boxes...

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics
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Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics

Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code into his laptop and hits "return."

After Orlando, the Homemade Ar-15 Industry Surges
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After Orlando, the Homemade Ar-15 Industry Surges

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in US history, many Americans want to ban civilians from buying the AR-15, that ultra-popular, all-American killing tool.

Orlando Shows the Limits of Facebook's Terror Policing
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Orlando Shows the Limits of Facebook's Terror Policing

Both leading up to and during his deadly assault on Orlando night club Pulse, Omar Mateen accessed his Facebook account.

Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (yes, There's a Chatbot)
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Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (yes, There's a Chatbot)

On March 23, Microsoft revealed Tay, a Twitter bot trained to chat like a millennial. It worked … too well.

Okcupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science
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Okcupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science

On May 8, a group of Danish researchers publicly released a dataset of nearly 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid, including usernames, age, gender,...

The Future of Encryption Is in These Politicians' Hands
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The Future of Encryption Is in These Politicians' Hands

Encryption is complicated. Legislating for it, even more so.

700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can't Touch
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700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can't Touch

Last month, WhatsApp, the hugely popular messaging service that Facebook owns, made end-to-end encryption the default for its 1 billion users. On Tuesday, Viber...

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous
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You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous

In 2011, developer and researcher Alexandra Elbakyan launched Sci-Hub, an online archive that shares research articles freely and openly without paywalls or restrictions...

The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'
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The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'

As Apple Battled the FBI for the last two months over the agency's demands that Apple help crack its own encryption, both the tech community and law enforcement...

Apple's Carekit Is the Best Argument Yet For Strong Encryption
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Apple's Carekit Is the Best Argument Yet For Strong Encryption

On the eve of his company’s court date with the FBI, where it will defend its right to not weaken the security of its own devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage...

How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help
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How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help

It's a showdown that has the country mesmerized.

Forcing Apple to Hack That Iphone Sets a Dangerous Precedent
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Forcing Apple to Hack That Iphone Sets a Dangerous Precedent

Are Apple and other tech companies somehow against America's national security if they create uncrackable encryption software that government investigators or even...

Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On
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Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and...

The President's Nsa Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert
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The President's Nsa Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert

It's taken more than a decade, but a critical oversight board tasked with advising the president on the privacy and civil liberties implications of the NSA's surveillance...

Obama's Cybersecurity Plan Is Meant to Secure His Legacy
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Obama's Cybersecurity Plan Is Meant to Secure His Legacy

The end of White House terms are often about trying to shape historic legacies, and President Obama is out to build his in the new area of cybersecurity.

It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence
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It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder...

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next
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AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

Yesterday, the 46-year-old Google veteran who oversees its search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal's...

Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense
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Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

American politics has long accepted the strange notion that just a pair of states—namely Iowa and New Hampshire—get an outsize vote in choosing America’s next president...
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