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Here's the basic problem the government faces when it comes to stopping the Islamic State's Internet propaganda: It needs Silicon Valley's help. But some tech companies—even those that may want to work closely with Washington—find…
PayPal Inc. co-founder Max Levchin wants to make sure lawmakers know "what the hell they're talking about" when they talk about encryption.
It has now been 2.5 years since the first Snowden revelations were published. And in 2015, government surveillance marched on in both large (the National Security Agency) and small (the debut of open source license plate reader…
Physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked the question "Where are they?" to express his surprise over the absence of any signs for the existence of other intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy.
Every few decades, a piece of technology comes along that alters political campaigning.
Today, the first Snowden disclosures in 2013 feel like a distant memory.
This year, lawmakers surprised us by taking initial steps—albeit, baby ones—to rein in some of the NSA's mass spying and provide better oversight of the intelligence agency's activities. It's unclear, however, if these gains…
One of the most exciting parts of data science is that it can be applied to many domains of knowledge, given our newfound ability to gather valuable data on almost any topic. But, doing so effectively requires domain expertise…
It was conceived after a yogurt company in 2007 identified an unexpected defense mechanism that its bacteria use to fight off viruses.
Considering the evolving concept of programming.
Few computer scientists and technological workers worry about their role in the economies of their industries and their countries. Background supplementary material available.
A personal story: From philosophy to software.
Assessing the promises and dangers of biometric identity plans.
Complexity, predictability, and modern projects.
Behind and beyond Microsoft, Intel, and Apple.
On the impact of large language models.
Until the middle of the 20th century, computers were in fact humans who performed calculations.