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The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse
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The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse

Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet...

Tim Berners-Lee: Encryption Cracking By Spy Agencies 'appalling and Foolish'
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Tim Berners-Lee: Encryption Cracking By Spy Agencies 'appalling and Foolish'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist who created the World Wide Web, has called for a "full and frank public debate" over Internet surveillance by the National...

Fifth Amendment Prohibits Compelled Decryption, New EFF Brief Argues
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Fifth Amendment Prohibits Compelled Decryption, New EFF Brief Argues

Encryption is one of the most important ways to safeguard data from prying eyes.

Google ­nveils Tools to Access Web From Repressive Countries
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Google ­nveils Tools to Access Web From Repressive Countries

Google Ideas, the New York City–based "think/do tank" run by the Internet search giant, is launching several new technologies designed to highlight hacker attacks...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

The Decline of Wikipedia
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The Decline of Wikipedia

The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10.

Augmented Reality Browsers
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Augmented Reality Browsers: Essential Products or Only Gadgets?

How lessons learned from the evolution of the Web and Web browsers can influence the development of AR browsers.

No Limits to Watching?
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No Limits to Watching?

Considering the ethical questions raised by technologies that are moving from knowing what we are doing (and where) to knowing who we are.

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...

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.

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...

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.

Students Are 'hacking' Their School-Issued Ipads: Good For Them
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Students Are 'hacking' Their School-Issued Ipads: Good For Them

Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the...

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You
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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...

In Search of Planetary Intelligence
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In Search of Planetary Intelligence

It is said that Mahatma Gandhi, when asked about Western civilization, remarked, "I think it would be a good idea."

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
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Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...
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