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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...

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...

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...

Want Facebook to Censor Speech? Be Careful What You Wish For
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Want Facebook to Censor Speech? Be Careful What You Wish For

The only figure as capable as Donald Trump of spinning up an instant and frantic media cycle these days is Mark Zuckerberg, whose ubiquitous company can't manage...

Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home
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Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home

A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration...

Europe's New Data Protections Will Affect You Too. Here's How.
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Europe's New Data Protections Will Affect You Too. Here's How.

Starting tomorrow, a new framework for consumer data protection goes into effect in Europe.

When John Doerr Brought a 'Gift' to Google's Founders
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When John Doerr Brought a 'Gift' to Google's Founders

On a fall day in 1999, in the heart of Silicon Valley, I arrived at a two-story, L-shaped structure off the 101 freeway. It was young Google's headquarters, and...

Why Police Should Monitor Social Media to Prevent Crime
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Why Police Should Monitor Social Media to Prevent Crime

In February, the ACLU of Massachusetts released a damning report detailing prejudice in social media surveillance efforts by the Boston Police Department (BPD)....

How Snapchat Is Sending #MeToo Down the Memory Hole
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How Snapchat Is Sending #MeToo Down the Memory Hole

If you have something personal or private to communicate, you know where to turn.

Net States Rule the World; We Need to Recognize Their Power
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Net States Rule the World; We Need to Recognize Their Power

"We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." So declared MIT professor David D. Clark in 1992.

Red-Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet
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Red-Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet

Scroll with me here. Somebody named BeatlesBaby makes "a very badass chicken curry." Look, there's a nice sepia-tinted pencil drawing of Ned Stark from Game of...

Software Has a Serious Supply-Chain Security Problem
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Software Has a Serious Supply-Chain Security Problem

The warnings consumers hear from information security pros tend to focus on trust: Don't click web links or attachments from an untrusted sender.

The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn
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The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn

Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing their best...

What Is Ray Kurzweil Up To at Google? Writing Your Emails
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What Is Ray Kurzweil Up To at Google? Writing Your Emails

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine
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I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine

Evan has a habit. He's not ashamed of it, but he doesn't want to reveal too much about himself, lest his colleagues learn how he’s spending so much of his time.

At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality
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At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee unleashed the World Wide Web, publishing the first public webpage. Well, maybe.

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

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.
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