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Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System
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Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System

On a spring day more than 5,000 years ago in the Mesopotamian city of Ur, a foreign merchant sold his wares in exchange for a large bundle of silver.

The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.S. as a Leader in Science
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The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.S. as a Leader in Science

The graduate education system in the United States is rightly considered the best in the world. But Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill...

Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own Creations?
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Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own Creations?

Intellectual property may be the legal term for creations, including literary or artistic, but there is something inherently human about it as well. 

The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet
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The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day version of...

Connectivity  Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—But It's Still a Really Bad Idea
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Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—But It's Still a Really Bad Idea

In spite of the billions of dollars companies collectively spend each year on cyberdefenses, hackers keep defeating them.

 Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.
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Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.

Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning.

The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage
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The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage

The intersection of quantum computing and espionage may feel like a faraway future. But in his latest novel, David Ignatius, Washington's own John le Carré, tackles...

The Death of Big Software
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The Death of Big Software

We are past the tipping point in the transition away from 20th-century big software architectures.

Community Colleges
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Community Colleges: A Resource for Increasing Equity and Inclusion in Computer Science Education

Challenging a simplistic pathway metaphor.

Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality
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Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application...

The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret
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The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a problem with harmful content.

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

Amazon may well be one of the companies with the strongest data security in the world.

Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself
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Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself

Neurotechnology is one of the hottest areas of engineering, and the technological achievements sound miraculous: Paralyzed people have controlled robotic limbs and ...

Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System Is Failing'
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System Is Failing'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a "nasty storm" of issues including the rollback of net neutrality...

It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data
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It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data

The personal data that users give to a company in exchange for a product or service is worth by some estimates $1,000 per person per year.  Companies shouldn't...

The Real Lesson of that Self-Driving Shuttle's First-Day Accident
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The Real Lesson of that Self-Driving Shuttle's First-Day Accident

Wednesday was supposed to be the triumphant launch of a free, driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.

Blockchain ≠ Bitcoin
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Blockchain ≠ Bitcoin

Bitcoin ≠ blockchain. Blockchain ≠ bitcoin. This message bears repeating: You can be pro-blockchain and anti-bitcoin.

What Reality TV Teaches Us About Russia's Influence Campaign
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What Reality TV Teaches Us About Russia's Influence Campaign

In May 2016, a Facebook page called Heart of Texas urged its nearly 254,000 followers to rise up against what it considered to be an urgent cultural menace.

Hacking the Vote: Threats Keep Changing, but Election IT Sadly Stays the Same
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Hacking the Vote: Threats Keep Changing, but Election IT Sadly Stays the Same

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election is history. But allegations of voter fraud, election interference by foreign governments, and intrusions into state...

Do We Need Brain Implants to Keep Up with Robots?
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Do We Need Brain Implants to Keep Up with Robots?

Pundits have been fretting a lot lately about robots leaving humans behind, taking our jobs and possibly a lot more, as in The Matrix and Terminator films.
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