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To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds
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To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds

Data scientists, coders, and other techies could prove decisive in future conflicts—if Uncle Sam can recruit them.

What Are the Rules for Celebrities Promoting NFTs?
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What Are the Rules for Celebrities Promoting NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens are the next frontier of promotional content on social media, but right now, it's the Wild West.

Who Killed the Robot Dog?
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Who Killed the Robot Dog?

The robotic companion was once a dream of techno-utopianism, but has instead become a terrifying weapon

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

Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity
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Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity

To date, hacking has exclusively been a human activity. Not for long.

Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy
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Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

The unregulated practice of data brokerage is incredibly dangerous and harmful, and policymakers can ignore it no longer.

The Cyberwar Needs More Women on the Front Lines
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The Cyberwar Needs More Women on the Front Lines

Educating girls to be the cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow will help combat criminals who prey on women and children.

Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?
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Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

The biggest social network in the world has the wrong idea for how to fight Covid-19 conspiracies.

We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'
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We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'

Given how critical the cloud has become for a huge swath of the tech economy, maybe we should ask ourselves whether this infrastructure should be in the hands of...

A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet
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A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet

The road to routing all Domain Name System lookups through HTTPS is pocked with disagreements over just how much it will help.

Wouldn't It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?
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Wouldn't It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?

Mobile voting could increase voter participation, but it's plagued by security issues in search of a solution.

­Under Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned
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­Under Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

The U.S. government is not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.

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...

Huawei's Problem Isn't Chinese Backdoors. It's Buggy Software
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Huawei's Problem Isn't Chinese Backdoors. It's Buggy Software

A report on Thursday from a British government oversight group found that Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei has basic but deeply problematic flaws in its product...

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...

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent...

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology
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There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: "We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without...

The ­S Needs to Engage China on Tech, Or Risk Isolating Itself
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The ­S Needs to Engage China on Tech, Or Risk Isolating Itself

The contrast could hardly be more striking. In October, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a blistering speech accusing China of stealing prized US technology...

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 ...
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