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How to Design—and Defend Against—the Perfect Security Backdoor
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How to Design—and Defend Against—the Perfect Security Backdoor

We already know the NSA wants to eavesdrop on the Internet. 

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As We May Type

In 1984, the personal-computer industry was still small enough to be captured, with reasonable fidelity, in a one-volume publication, the Whole Earth Software Catalog...

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts
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N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to...

A Court Order Is an Insider Attack
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A Court Order Is an Insider Attack

Commentators on the Lavabit case, including the judge himself, have criticized Lavabit for designing its system in a way that resisted court-ordered access to user...

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes
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Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.

Three Questions For Microsoft's New Head of Research, Peter Lee
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Three Questions For Microsoft's New Head of Research, Peter Lee

Microsoft's new head of research, Peter Lee, is tasked with helping the company invent the future.

What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You
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What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You

Last week a group of the Internet's governing organizations announced they were effectively turning their backs on the United States.

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets
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Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible...

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq
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Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

A new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds...

The Argument For Making the Misuse of Your Personal Data a Felony
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The Argument For Making the Misuse of Your Personal Data a Felony

Craig Mundie is Microsoft's senior advisor to the CEO, spending his time on big-picture stuff such as (according to his bio) "key strategic projects within the...

Breaking the Internet
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Breaking the Internet

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff's recent indictment of the United States' cyber-spying practices has profound global repercussions for the U.S vision of a borderless...

The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math
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The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the prediction of the Higgs boson, which was experimentally confirmed...

Playing War: How the Military ­ses Video Games
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Playing War: How the Military ­ses Video Games

According to popular discourse, video games are either the divine instrument of education’s future or the software of Satan himself, provoking young men to carry...

Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math
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Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S?

The Double Danger of the Nsa's 'collect It All' Policy on Surveillance
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The Double Danger of the Nsa's 'collect It All' Policy on Surveillance

By now, most people are aware that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on ordinary Americans.

The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football
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The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football

Watching football means watching young men damage their brains.

Here's Why Cops Should Be Required to Wear a Lapel Camera While on Duty
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Here's Why Cops Should Be Required to Wear a Lapel Camera While on Duty

Police officers in Rialto, Calif., carry cameras to record their every action while on duty.

The Many Meanings of Open
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The Many Meanings of Open

I was recently asked to talk about the idea of "open," and I realized the term is used in at least eight different ways.

Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life
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Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life

We talk about computer modeling a lot in the context of climate science—powerful algorithms that help scientists get a better idea of how climate systems work,...

The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends
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The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends

Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.
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