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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research
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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Nsa Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure
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Nsa Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure

Now that we have enough details about how the NSA eavesdrops on the Internet, including today's disclosures of the NSA's deliberate weakening of cryptographic systems...

The Problem with Algorithms: Magnifying Misbehaviour
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The Problem with Algorithms: Magnifying Misbehaviour

By the time you read these words, much of what has appeared on the screen of whatever device you are using has been dictated by a series of conditional instructions...

Bradley Manning 'aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism
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Bradley Manning 'aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism

Thursday, Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial, refused to dismiss the "aiding the enemy" charge.

Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to ­.s. Innovation
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Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to ­.s. Innovation

At last, some good news about America's dysfunctional patent system: the White House has noticed there's a problem.

Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix
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Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly.

Search Me: Online Reputation Management
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Search Me: Online Reputation Management

A few weeks ago, I Googled a pub to find out where it was.

Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?
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Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?

The Internet has turned into a massive surveillance tool.

Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?
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Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really...

Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?
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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the U.S. surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done...

Bill For Compulsory Science Fiction in West Virginia Schools
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Bill For Compulsory Science Fiction in West Virginia Schools

A bill calling for science fiction to be made compulsory reading in schools has been proposed by a politician in West Virginia in order to "stimulate interest in...

What Next For the 'quantified Self'?
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What Next For the 'quantified Self'?

The quantified self movement—the idea that tracking metrics about yourself can lead to self-improvement—appears to be gathering steam.

Google Glass: Is It a Threat to Our Privacy?
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Google Glass: Is It a Threat to Our Privacy?

If you haven't heard about the excitement around Google Glass—the head-mounted glasses that can shoot video, take pictures, and broadcast what you're seeing to...

Sony's Playstation 4: Five Things We Want to Know
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Sony's Playstation 4: Five Things We Want to Know

New York, 6pm Wednesday, the next generation starts.

How to Build the Perfect Gaming Pc For 2013–and Beyond
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How to Build the Perfect Gaming Pc For 2013–and Beyond

There's little doubt that PC gaming is undergoing a renaissance at the moment.

Is It Time For the Internet to Get the Plumber In?
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Is It Time For the Internet to Get the Plumber In?

The strange thing about the Internet is that it went from being something exotic to something mundane almost without us noticing it.

Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World
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Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World

Google is good at doing amazing.

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned
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Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned

From the crowd-funding explosion to the arrival of the first "next-generation" console, the games industry has had quite a time of it this year.
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