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One of EFF's first major legal victories was Bernstein v. Department of Justice, a landmark case that resulted in establishing code as speech and changed United States export regulations on encryption software, paving the way…
Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media.
There is no statistic more maligned than the P value.
According to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, encryption should come with a backdoor.
On 30 April, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom.
The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to warn adversaries—especially China, Russia, Iran and North Korea—that…
When I was 10 years old, my friend Sarah and I found a newly minted copy of "The Joy of Sex" under her parents' bed.
We associate technology with the shiny and new. But humans have been using technology to change the environment and themselves since at least the lower Paleolithic period, when our ancestors were making stone tools.
Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.
Ars recently reviewed two "Tor routers," devices that are supposed to improve your privacy by routing all traffic through the Tor anonymity network. Although the initial release of Anonabox proved woefully insecure, the basic…
Imagine an America where federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies cannot access critical communications, even when legally authorized to do so.
People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown origins, many consumers fear that there is no such thing as privacy…
Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, which I believe to be one of the most important business theorems of the last century.
You walk into your shower and see a spider.
"The future of integrated electronics is the future of electronics itself."
Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.
Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could decide to kill someone without any human input.
Humans will face their biggest test when computers surpass human intellectual capabilities, according to Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder and CEO of SoftBank Corp., the Japanese telecommunications and Internet giant. But…
In their new book, Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary, authors Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock and Rachel Jones chronicle the life and career of Intel co-founder and microprocessor prophet…
As the famous telescope turns 25, scientists who worked on the project choose their favourite pictures.
Moore's Law turns 50 years old this Sunday. It may not make it to 60.
It was the middle of the day, and my cell phone rang with a local number I didn't recognize.
The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft, in which regulators on both sides of the Atlantic pursued the software…
Kentaro Toyama calls himself "a recovering technoholic"—someone who once was "addicted to a technological way of solving problems."
Like self-replicating machines, robot movies are taking over Hollywood.
Edward Snowden appears to have a thing for the late British conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher. And his obsession may even be clouding his famously paranoid sense of security.
Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18–24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age.
The day that science fiction writers have feared for so long has finally come—the machines have risen up.
Concepcion A. Monje, a researcher in the Robotics Lab at Carlos III University of Madrid, recently discussed the future of robotics and the science fiction film "Automata," in which humanoid robots develop intelligence.
The consumer tech world received a jolt in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives were freezing all sales of its futuristically goofy wearable device known as Glass and, perhaps as dramatically,…
How should software engineers try to classify their reflections?
To game a programmed system means thwarting non-programmed intention.
The ambitious systems that we develop today need a proper requirements structure. The plan defined here organizes requirements specification along …