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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...

Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life ­nder Surveillance
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Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life ­nder Surveillance

Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where...

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...

Space Mining Could Set Off a Star War
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Space Mining Could Set Off a Star War

Space is lousy with profits.

Security's Biggest Winners and Losers in 2015
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Security's Biggest Winners and Losers in 2015

This year, lawmakers surprised us by taking initial steps—albeit, baby ones—to rein in some of the NSA's mass spying and provide better oversight of the intelligence...

Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It's Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions
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Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It's Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions

When Chinese scientists announced in April they had edited human embryos using a new genetic tool called Crispr, the headlines blared "designer babies," and the...

How to Baffle Web Trackers By Obfuscating Your Movements Online
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How to Baffle Web Trackers By Obfuscating Your Movements Online

Online ad networks and search engines love it when you surf around.

Hackers Make Cars Safer. Don't Ban Them From Tinkering
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Hackers Make Cars Safer. Don't Ban Them From Tinkering

Virtually every new car sold today has some sort of network connection.

Tech Companies Can Blame Snowden For Data Privacy Decision
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Tech Companies Can Blame Snowden For Data Privacy Decision

A ruling the Europe Union’s highest court yesterday may create enormous headaches for US tech companies like Google and Facebook.

Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters
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Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

Since 1953, to be nominated for a Hugo Award, among the highest honors in science fiction and fantasy writing, has been a dream come true for authors who love time...

Let's School the Presidential Hopefuls on Cybersecurity
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Let's School the Presidential Hopefuls on Cybersecurity

In the build up to the 2016 U.S. election, both Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are talking about cybersecurity—and specifically state-sponsored...

Why the Opm Breach Is Such a Security and Privacy Debacle
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Why the Opm Breach Is Such a Security and Privacy Debacle

If it's not already a maxim, it should be: Every big hack discovered will eventually prove to be more serious than first believed.

I Made an ­ntraceable 'ghost Gun' in My Office—and It Was Easy
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I Made an ­ntraceable 'ghost Gun' in My Office—and It Was Easy

This is my ghost gun. To quote the rifleman's creed, there are many like it, but this one is mine.

5 Ways We Must Regulate Drones at the ­.s. Border
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5 Ways We Must Regulate Drones at the ­.s. Border

Border patrol agents have Predator drones at their disposal, and using them has the potential to become a serious breach of privacy — but it also could be a terrific...

Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image
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Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.

Snowden's 'sexy Margaret Thatcher' Password Isn't So Secure
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Snowden's 'sexy Margaret Thatcher' Password Isn't So Secure

Edward Snowden appears to have a thing for the late British conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher. And his obsession may even be clouding his famously paranoid...

Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People
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Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately encapsulates...

Nsa Doesn't Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets
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Nsa Doesn't Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets

Governments and corporations gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives.
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