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Everyone Gets the Future Wrong: Lo and Behold Movie Review
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Everyone Gets the Future Wrong: Lo and Behold Movie Review

Hackers? Check. Driverless cars? Check. SpaceX? Check. Robots? Check. Elon Musk? Check. ARPANET? Check. Video game addicts? Check. Brainscans? Check. Internet of...

Dark Patterns Are Designed to Trick You (and They're All Over the Web)
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Dark Patterns Are Designed to Trick You (and They're All Over the Web)

It happens to the best of us. After looking closely at a bank statement or cable bill, suddenly a small, unrecognizable charge appears.

Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet
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Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet

A failed coup attempt in Turkey, which began during the evening of July 15, was apparently coordinated using the WhatsApp mobile messaging service, according to...

It'll Be Very Hard For Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter
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It'll Be Very Hard For Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter

Legal experts say that it will be an uphill battle for the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit this week against Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

Ford's Futurist Knows Kids Today See Status in Their Smartphones, Not Cars
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Ford's Futurist Knows Kids Today See Status in Their Smartphones, Not Cars

There can't be many job titles out there cooler than "futurist." And earlier this week, I sat down with Sheryl Connelly, who holds that position at the Ford Motor...

If Apple Aids Terrorists and the Fbi Is Big Brother… Whom Do We Root For?
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If Apple Aids Terrorists and the Fbi Is Big Brother… Whom Do We Root For?

There's been a lot of bluster about the ongoing encryption saga between the FBI and Apple.

Power Wars: How Obama Justified, Expanded Bush-Era Surveillance
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Power Wars: How Obama Justified, Expanded Bush-Era Surveillance

Over the winter holidays, I took some well-needed time offline, away from e-mail and social media.

In 2016, Terror Suspects and 7-Eleven Thieves May Bring Surveillance to Supreme Court
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In 2016, Terror Suspects and 7-Eleven Thieves May Bring Surveillance to Supreme Court

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...

In 2015, Promising Surveillance Cases Ran Into Legal Brick Walls
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In 2015, Promising Surveillance Cases Ran Into Legal Brick Walls

Today, the first Snowden disclosures in 2013 feel like a distant memory.

What the Government Should've Learned About Backdoors from the Clipper Chip
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What the Government Should've Learned About Backdoors from the Clipper Chip

In the face of a Federal Bureau of Investigation proposal requesting backdoors into encrypted communications, a noted encryption expert urged Congress not to adopt...

Movies That Predicted the Future—and Some That Didn't
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Movies That Predicted the Future—and Some That Didn't

Making fun of how movies screw up the future is one of the main reasons why the Internet was invented.

Here Are Eff's Most Influential Cases from Its First 25 Years
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Here Are Eff's Most Influential Cases from Its First 25 Years

On Friday, July 10, the Electronic Frontier Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Why the Entire Premise of Tor-Enabled Routers Is Ridiculous
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Why the Entire Premise of Tor-Enabled Routers Is Ridiculous

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...

As Moore's Law Turns 50, What Does the Future Hold For the Transistor?
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As Moore's Law Turns 50, What Does the Future Hold For the Transistor?

"The future of integrated electronics is the future of electronics itself."

The New Spam: Interactive Robo-Calls from the Cloud as Cheap as E-Mail
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The New Spam: Interactive Robo-Calls from the Cloud as Cheap as E-Mail

It was the middle of the day, and my cell phone rang with a local number I didn't recognize.

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar
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Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar

Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.

Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?
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Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?

During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned-out nuclear power plant to gather clues about the...

The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff—another Lesson from the Sony Attack
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff—another Lesson from the Sony Attack


If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases
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If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases

Roughly a year and a half since the first Snowden disclosures, there's already been a judicial order to shut down the National Security Agency's bulk metadata collection...
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