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How to Increase the Security of Smart Buildings?
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How to Increase the Security of Smart Buildings?

Surveying unresolved security problems for automated buildings.

Preserving Hybrid Objects
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Preserving Hybrid Objects

Brutal lessons from contemporary art.

Do Patent Commons and Standards-Setting Organizations Help Navigate Patent Thickets?
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Do Patent Commons and Standards-Setting Organizations Help Navigate Patent Thickets?

Examining the institutions underlying the patent system for information and communication technologies.

Beyond Blocks
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Beyond Blocks: Syntax and Semantics

How the future of general-purpose programming tools could include blocks-based structured editing, and how we should study students transitioning to text-based...

The Internet of Things We Don't Own?
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The Internet of Things We Don't Own?

Who will control the 'ordinary pursuits of life' in the digital economy?

Europe's Web Privacy Rules: Bad For Google, Bad For Everyone
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Europe's Web Privacy Rules: Bad For Google, Bad For Everyone

It's been a rough few months for Google in Europe.

New Encryption Technology Is Aiding Terrorists, Intelligence Director Says
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New Encryption Technology Is Aiding Terrorists, Intelligence Director Says

The Edward Snowden leaks have accelerated the sophistication of encryption technologies by "about seven years," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper...

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
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Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.

What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like
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What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like

Pentagon officials have publicly said, in recent weeks, that they're hitting ISIS not only with bullets and bombs but also with cyberoffensive operations.

Q&a: Python Creator Guido Van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming
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Q&a: Python Creator Guido Van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming

Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, tells of growing up, discovering computers in the Netherlands, creating one of the world's most popular programming languages...

Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
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Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Valentine's Day was a bummer in Mountain View, Calif. For the first time, one of Google's self-driving cars, a modified Lexus SUV, caused a crash.

A Year with the Apple Watch: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Lies Ahead?
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A Year with the Apple Watch: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Lies Ahead?

About a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the iPad and its...

Reinvent Yourself: The Playboy Interview with Ray Kurzweil
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Reinvent Yourself: The Playboy Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Many think author, inventor and data scientist Ray Kurzweil is a prophet for our digital age. A few say he's completely nuts.  

700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can't Touch
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700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can't Touch

Last month, WhatsApp, the hugely popular messaging service that Facebook owns, made end-to-end encryption the default for its 1 billion users. On Tuesday, Viber...

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous
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You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous

In 2011, developer and researcher Alexandra Elbakyan launched Sci-Hub, an online archive that shares research articles freely and openly without paywalls or restrictions...

Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?
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Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?

Many newspapers and online media companies have begun disabling comment sections because of widespread abuse and obscenity.

All Hail Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, King of the Bots
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All Hail Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, King of the Bots

Mark Zuckerberg was once the boy king of Silicon Valley. Now he wants to be the bot king of Silicon Valley.

A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet
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A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet

If you thought the battle over net neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission slapped a series of unprecedented rules on Internet providers last...

How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture
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How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture

Sometimes it seems the Internet is, at its core, a tremendous nostalgia machine.

Intelligence Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Encryption Bill
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Intelligence Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Encryption Bill

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the Compliance with Court Orders...
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