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Connecting the Dots on Prism, Phone Surveillance, and the Nsa's Massive Spy Center
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Connecting the Dots on Prism, Phone Surveillance, and the Nsa's Massive Spy Center

Physically, the NSA has always been well protected by miles of high fences and electrified wire, thousands of cameras, and gun-toting guards.

Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most
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Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most

Every now and then, someone asks "Who’ll be the Google of big data?"

It's Time to Rewrite the Internet to Give US Better Privacy, and Security
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It's Time to Rewrite the Internet to Give US Better Privacy, and Security

Almost 15 years ago, as I was just finishing a book about the relationship between the Net (we called it "cyberspace" then) and civil liberties, a few ideas seemed...

Balancing Security and Liberty in the Age of Big Data
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Balancing Security and Liberty in the Age of Big Data

A very large Internet company once had the noble impulse to share some of its data with the research community.

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Blowing a Whistle

I'm glad I live in a country with people who are vigilant in defending civil liberties.

Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies
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Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies

Once the civil libertarians have had their say, let's hope the really interesting questions start being asked.

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
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What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.

'we Will Be Amazed By the Diversity of Exoplanets'
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'we Will Be Amazed By the Diversity of Exoplanets'

The Kepler space telescope's search may be at an end, but Didier Queloz, who found the first world around a sunlike star, says more planet hunts are afoot.

Why Americans Don't Fear the Nsa
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Why Americans Don't Fear the Nsa

Cybersnooping was always scheduled to be an important topic during President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

How to Protect Yourself from the Online Axis of Evil
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How to Protect Yourself from the Online Axis of Evil

North Korea and Iran are viewed as threats to the world because of their potential to field weapons of mass destruction, but they are far more likely to focus their...

Who's Watching You? Not Just the Nsa.
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Who's Watching You? Not Just the Nsa.

While you were tweeting an Instagram of your home-cooked tikka masala last night, we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on...

Opening Dropbox
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Opening Dropbox

If you walk the halls at MIT, you may notice a lot of students wearing T-shirts bearing the Dropbox logo. It's a simple design—an opened box—but one that carries...

Our Guts May Hate Mars
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Our Guts May Hate Mars

Eighty thousand people recently applied for a trip to Mars, an excursion that will allegedly be funded by selling reality-TV show rights for the voyage.

Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand
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Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand

The camera pushes in. And there, near the meridian line, you see a faint scattering of red lights. Something is in the tar. And it's glowing.

As Facebook Grows ­p, Grand Ambitions Get Reality Check
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As Facebook Grows ­p, Grand Ambitions Get Reality Check

Facebook, which once seemed poised to take over the Internet, is showing its limitations: a host of newer services are gaining ground among trend-setting youth;...

The Trouble With Neuroscience
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The Trouble With Neuroscience

No crevice of the human experience is safe.

Senator Rand Paul Talks Tech, Civil Liberties, and Keeping the Government Out of Your Email
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Senator Rand Paul Talks Tech, Civil Liberties, and Keeping the Government Out of Your Email

Rand Paul is having some problems with the jerks back at the office. So today he's bypassing them on a road trip through Silicon Valley.

The Fbi's New Wiretapping Plan Is Great News For Criminals
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The Fbi's New Wiretapping Plan Is Great News For Criminals

The FBI wants a new law that will make it easier to wiretap the Internet.

The Banality of 'don’t Be Evil'
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The Banality of 'don’t Be Evil'

"The New Digital Age" is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared...

Charlie Rose Talks to Tumblr's David Karp
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Charlie Rose Talks to Tumblr's David Karp

What made you decide that this was the right time to sell—and that Yahoo! was the right buyer?
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