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Web3 Threatens to Segregate Our Online Lives
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Web3 Threatens to Segregate Our Online Lives

Governance tokens may seem like a way to moderate content, but they only give the appearance of democracy.

The Father of Web3 Wants You to Trust Less
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The Father of Web3 Wants You to Trust Less

Gavin Wood believes decentralized technologies are the only hope of preserving liberal democracy

The Metaverse Is Simply Big Tech, but Bigger
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The Metaverse Is Simply Big Tech, but Bigger

It's a rebrand of Silicon Valley's increasing power and reach, and it's made for companies, not people

Facebook Uses Deceptive Math to Hide Its Hate Speech Problem
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Facebook Uses Deceptive Math to Hide Its Hate Speech Problem

The company claims its AI is amazing at removing harmful content, but internal documents suggest the algorithm is ineffective

What Social Media Needs to Learn from Traditional Media
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What Social Media Needs to Learn from Traditional Media

The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did

The Privacy Battle that Apple Isn't Fighting
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The Privacy Battle that Apple Isn't Fighting

California has begun enforcing a browser-level privacy setting, but you still can't find that option in Safari or iOS

The Danger of Thinking We're All 'Addicted' to Tech
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The Danger of Thinking We're All 'Addicted' to Tech

Telling ourselves that devices and platforms "hijack" our brains promotes passivity instead of empowerment.

The FBI Wanted a Backdoor to the iPhone. Tim Cook Said No
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The FBI Wanted a Backdoor to the iPhone. Tim Cook Said No

In 2016, Tim Cook fought the law—and won.

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed
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The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

Years into the robocalling frenzy, your phone probably still rings off the hook with "important information about your account," updates from the "Chinese embassy...

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market, and the ­S Has No Plan
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China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market, and the ­S Has No Plan

You may have heard that China has cornered much of the world's supply of strategic metals and minerals crucial for new technology, including lithium, rare earths...

You Know What? Go Ahead and ­se the Hotel Wi-Fi
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You Know What? Go Ahead and ­se the Hotel Wi-Fi

As you travel this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you'll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this ...

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation
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Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

In my book Data and Goliath, I write about the value of privacy. I talk about how it is essential for political liberty and justice, and for commercial fairness...

How to Hack an Election (Without Touching the Machines)
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How to Hack an Election (Without Touching the Machines)

On Monday morning, just 24 hours before polls opened in the US midterm elections, President Trump sounded an alarm with a Tweet: "Law Enforcement has been strongly...

Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming
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Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming


Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America
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Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Since the advent of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use...

Why Silicon Valley Should Fear Europe's Competition Chief
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Why Silicon Valley Should Fear Europe's Competition Chief

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is surely the most feared person in Silicon Valley.

The Future of Television Is … More Television
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The Future of Television Is … More Television

Call it Jeffrey Katzenberg's unicorn newborn. An operating company has come into being, ex nihilo, with the blandest of names—NewTV—and a valuation north of $1...

Google Tracks You Even If Location History's Off. Here's How to Stop It
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Google Tracks You Even If Location History's Off. Here's How to Stop It

If, like most people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were wrong.

Online Hate Is Rampant. Here's How to Keep It From Spreading
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Online Hate Is Rampant. Here's How to Keep It From Spreading

Back in the last presidential campaign season, reporters on the tech and politics beats began noticing a rise in far-right memes that supported Trump. Memes being...

China's Numbers Force Google to Recalculate Its Morals
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China's Numbers Force Google to Recalculate Its Morals

In 2010, Google made a moral calculus. The company had been censoring search results in China at the behest of the Communist government since launching there in...
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