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Big Tech Walking Fine Line on Data
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Big Tech Walking Fine Line on Data

A year after Edward Snowden shocked citizens with details of how much of their lives are being snapped up by the National Security Agency, tech giants have sounded...

So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes
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So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

Is Big Data going to revolutionize science and help us make a better world? Not based on what it's done so far.

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: ­.s. Drone Program ­nder Obama 'got Out of Hand'
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Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: ­.s. Drone Program ­nder Obama 'got Out of Hand'

Richard Clarke served as the nation's top counterterrorism official under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush before resigning in 2003 in protest of the...

Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die
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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it's believed...

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?
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Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department's 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in...

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical...

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?
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Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

There's a debate going on about whether the U.S. government—specifically, the NSA and United States Cyber Command—should stockpile Internet vulnerabilities or disclose...

Every Little Byte Counts
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Every Little Byte Counts

In "On What We Can Not Do," a short and pungent essay published a few years ago, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben outlined two ways in which power operates...

How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark
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How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark

In July of 2008, Dylan Breves, then a seventeen-year-old student from New York City, made a mundane edit to a Wikipedia entry on the coati.

The Myths & Realities of How the Eu's New 'right To Be Forgotten' in Google Works
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The Myths & Realities of How the Eu's New 'right To Be Forgotten' in Google Works

Is it true that anyone in the EU can have anything removed from Google and other search engines?

Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries
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Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries

The Internet's eyes turned to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, as the panel approved a plan to consider allowing Internet service providers to...

Ungoogle Me: The Case For Scrubbing Search Results
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Ungoogle Me: The Case For Scrubbing Search Results

The Internet has much to say about the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which determines that if a person wants some personal information...

"we're at Greater Risk": General Keith Alexander
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"we're at Greater Risk": General Keith Alexander

Since Edward Snowden's revelations about government surveillence, we know more about how the National Security Agency has been interpreting Section 215 of the Patriot...

Who Watches the Watchers? Big Data Goes ­nchecked
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Who Watches the Watchers? Big Data Goes ­nchecked

The National Security Agency might be tracking your phone calls. But private industry is prying far more deeply into your life.

Google Ruling 'astonishing', Says Wikipedia Founder Wales
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Google Ruling 'astonishing', Says Wikipedia Founder Wales

The European Courts of Justice ruled on Tuesday that an individual could demand that "irrelevant or outdated" information be deleted from results.

Glenn Greenwald's Pulse-Pounding Tale of Breaking the Snowden Leaks
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Glenn Greenwald's Pulse-Pounding Tale of Breaking the Snowden Leaks

In June 2013, Edward Snowden was sitting in his room at the Mira hotel in Hong Kong, watching the world react to the first of his explosive leaks about the NSA's...

The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere
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The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere

Thanks to advances in technology, we may soon revisit a question raised four centuries ago: Are there things we should try not to know?

A World Digital Library Is Coming True!
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A World Digital Library Is Coming True!

In the scramble to gain market share in cyberspace, something is getting lost: the public interest.

Here's How to Learn How Much Your Data Is Worth to Facebook and Google
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Here's How to Learn How Much Your Data Is Worth to Facebook and Google

The anti-virus software company AVG has created PrivacyFix, an app to help you get a handle on just how much you're worth to big-time data players Facebook and...
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