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'The Goal Is to Automate Us': Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
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'The Goal Is to Automate Us': Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

We're living through the most profound transformation in our information environment since Johannes Gutenberg's invention of printing in circa 1439.

Happy 18th Birthday, Wikipedia. Let's Celebrate the Internet's Good Grown-Up.
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Happy 18th Birthday, Wikipedia. Let's Celebrate the Internet's Good Grown-Up.

On Tuesday, Wikipedia celebrates its 18th birthday. If the massive crowdsourced encyclopedia project were human, then in most countries, it would just now be considered...

To Cover China, There's No Substitute for WeChat
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To Cover China, There's No Substitute for WeChat

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Li Yuan, a technology columnist in Hong Kong, discussed the tech she's...

Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way
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Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications...

How Russia Used the Internet to Perfect Its Dark Arts
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How Russia Used the Internet to Perfect Its Dark Arts

Imagine American politics for a moment as a laboratory experiment. A foreign adversary (let's call it "Russia") begins to play with the subjects, using carrots...

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing
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The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Personal technology was so awful this year that nobody would think you were paranoid if you dug a hole and buried your computer, phone and smart speaker under six...

The Search for Anti-Conservative Bias on Google
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The Search for Anti-Conservative Bias on Google

Last Wednesday, a day after Google's C.E.O., Sundar Pichai, sat before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the company's search engine,Donald...

Google Isn't the Company that We Should Have Handed the Web Over To
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Google Isn't the Company that We Should Have Handed the Web Over To

With Microsoft's decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google....

Facebook's Top AI Scientist Says It's 'Dust' Without Artificial Intelligence
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Facebook's Top AI Scientist Says It's 'Dust' Without Artificial Intelligence

Without artificial intelligence there wouldn't be much left of Facebook as we know it today.

The New Radicalization of the Internet
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The New Radicalization of the Internet

Social media has played a key role in the recent rise of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, including three recent incidents—one in which a man...

Alphabet Chairman Struggles With Google CEO's China Strategy
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Alphabet Chairman Struggles With Google CEO's China Strategy

Alphabet Inc. Chairman John Hennessy is unsure about a banner strategy of the company's most-important executive.

Opportunities and Challenges in Search Interaction
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Opportunities and Challenges in Search Interaction

Seeking to address a wider range of user requests toward task completion.

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...

Fake News: Can Teenagers Spot It?
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Fake News: Can Teenagers Spot It?

If we are to make it less of a threat to democracy, that effort is going to need to start in schools.

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S. Dispute With China
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The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S. Dispute With China

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China's biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation's technology industry were only too happy...

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

A Q&A With Micron Technology's Memory Mastermind
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A Q&A With Micron Technology's Memory Mastermind

For over 50 years, the exponential shrinking of circuit components on chips predicted by Gordon Moore has allowed all sorts of modern wonders, from personal computers...

Editing the Internet's Second Screen
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Editing the Internet's Second Screen

The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn't seemed to leave it much cleaner.

Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights
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Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet?

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.
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