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The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers
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The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

Last summer, an audience of government officials, military personnel, and foreign ambassadors gathered in Aspen, Colorado, to hear John Carlin, then an assistant...

Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China
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Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China

For U.S. Internet businesses, China is the land of moral defeat.

The Internet Is No Place For Public Elections
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The Internet Is No Place For Public Elections

Despite what your local election officials may tell you, you can’t trust the Internet with your vote.

The Do-Not-Call List Has a Gaping Hole
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The Do-Not-Call List Has a Gaping Hole

Sure, legitimate telemarketers will refrain from calling you if you've put your phone number on it. But criminal telephone spammers will call you anyway because...

Why Russian Hackers Probably Can't Mess with the ­.s. Election
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Why Russian Hackers Probably Can't Mess with the ­.s. Election

State-sponsored Russian hackers appear to be behind attacks on voter databases in Arizona and Illinois.

How to Read Between the Lines of Tim Cook's Epic Interview
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How to Read Between the Lines of Tim Cook's Epic Interview

To celebrate five years as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has given a very long, exclusive interview to the Washington Post about his experiences so far. But what he didn’t...

What If Apple Is Wrong?
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What If Apple Is Wrong?

Soon after Devon Godfrey was shot to death in his apartment in Harlem on the evening of April 12, 2010, officers with the New York Police Department thought they...

How Apple Could Fed-Proof Its Software ­pdate System
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How Apple Could Fed-Proof Its Software ­pdate System

Apple's refusal to comply with a judge's demand that it help the FBI unlock a terrorist's iPhone has triggered a roiling debate about how much the U.S. government...

Apple's 'code = Speech' Mistake
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Apple's 'code = Speech' Mistake

In its legal fight against the FBI over iPhone security, Apple has made just about every argument it can credibly make.

Fighting Isis Online
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Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence
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Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.

Imposing Security
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Imposing Security

Three computer bugs this year exposed passwords, e-mails, financial data, and other kinds of sensitive information connected to potentially billions of people.

Do We Need Asimov's Laws?
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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behaviour of robots...

The Limits of Social Engineering
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The Limits of Social Engineering

In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that...

Glass, Darkly
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Glass, Darkly

Google Glass shares much of its electronics and software with the smartphone, but it's a very different machine.

Bitcoin's Political Problem
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Bitcoin's Political Problem

Money is always political.

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
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Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

The Lessons of Aaron Swartz
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The Lessons of Aaron Swartz

On the day after Aaron Swartz's death in January, President Reif and I spoke about how MIT might respond to the breaking news of his suicide.

Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem
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Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem

Last week, I visited the MIT computer science department looking for a very famous cryptographer.
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