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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.
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 the N.S.A.'s bulk collection of telephone and other electronic metadata…
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 data.
Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.
I was a freshman in college when I first laid my hands on a computer. It gave me an instant connection to loved ones and the world around me. That computer ignited my journey towards a Ph.D. in computer science.
Microsoft's new head of research, Peter Lee, is tasked with helping the company invent the future.
Last week a group of the Internet's governing organizations announced they were effectively turning their backs on the United States.
A few weeks ago Slashdot readers had the chance to ask Anant Agarwal, the President of edX, about the future of education and the growth of MOOCs. Here are his answers to those questions.
Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible.
A new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds of millions of address books around the world, including many…
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 company, as well as with government and business leaders around the…
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, open Internet.
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 50 years later with the help of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)…
Scot Osterweil, the creative director of the Education Arcade and a professor at the MIT Media Lab, explains why educators need to encourage more creativity — and how that could help build a better, more leisurely future.
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 out all-too-real rampages.
In a video interview, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison discusses how he has become a symbol in the backlash against U.S. government spying.
By now, most people are aware that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on ordinary Americans.
Watching football means watching young men damage their brains.
Police officers in Rialto, Calif., carry cameras to record their every action while on duty.
Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S?
MongoDB's CTO and cofounder Eliot Horowitz talks about the growing strength of the NoSQL market and the issues involved with alternatives to the traditional relational database model.
I was recently asked to talk about the idea of "open," and I realized the term is used in at least eight different ways.
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, how they spin off into weather, and how the systems and the weather…
Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.
Since I started working with Snowden’s documents, I have been using a number of tools to try to stay secure from the NSA.
Social-media enthusiasts, especially those on Twitter, tend to think their hobby is more popular than it really is. If you're on Twitter a lot, and the people you know best are on Twitter a lot, it's easy to delude yourself into…
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.
Remember Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! champion?
Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and his colleague Kostya Novoselow the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics…
The widespread mourning of Tom Clancy's death last week is clear testament to a man who managed to have a significant impact across a range of media.