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The Pros and Cons of a Surveillance Society
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The Pros and Cons of a Surveillance Society

Here are three topics much in the news these days: Prism, the surveillance program of the national security agency; the death of Trayvon Martin; and Google Glass...

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Snowden, Through the Eyes of a Spy Novelist

For a spy novelist like me, the Edward J. Snowden story has everything. A man driven by ego and idealism—can anyone ever distinguish the two?—leaves his job and...

Ways to Make Your Online Tracks Harder to Follow
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Ways to Make Your Online Tracks Harder to Follow


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Blowing a Whistle

I'm glad I live in a country with people who are vigilant in defending civil liberties.

Fixing the Digital Economy
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Fixing the Digital Economy

Two big trends in the world appear to contradict each other.

Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court
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Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court

From an early age we are taught the importance of fighting fairly.

The Banality of 'don’t Be Evil'
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The Banality of 'don’t Be Evil'

"The New Digital Age" is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared...

At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom
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At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom

The future came crashing down on me this week at the Google I/O developer conference while I stood at a bathroom urinal.

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Measuring the Benefits of Tech Tools

When I was a young reporter we could not afford cellphones.

­nraveling Boston Suspects' Online Lives, Link By Link
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­nraveling Boston Suspects' Online Lives, Link By Link

It is America's first fully interactive national tragedy of the social media age.

More Cracks ­ndermine the Citadel of Tv Profits
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More Cracks ­ndermine the Citadel of Tv Profits

For the longest time in the media business, the concept of the bundle has been foundational.

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
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The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind

I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

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Googling You

The settlement last week between a group of state attorneys general and Google over the company’s improper data collection from home wireless networks shows the...

Calling Out the Robocaller
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Calling Out the Robocaller

Last month, the Haggler was sitting at home when the phone rang.

The Trouble With Online College
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The Trouble With Online College

Courses delivered solely online may be find for highly skilled, highly motivated people, but they are inappropriate for struggling students who make up a significant...

A Fuzzy and Shifting Line Between Hacker and Criminal
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A Fuzzy and Shifting Line Between Hacker and Criminal

In January 2011, I was assigned to cover a hearing in Newark, where Daniel Spitler, then 26, stood accused of breaching AT&T's servers and stealing 114,000 email...

Guns, Maps and Data That Disturb
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Guns, Maps and Data That Disturb

Should data have a conscience?

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Sneaky Apps That Track Cellphones

A perversion of smartphone technology called "stalking apps"—precise, secretive trackings of the movements of cellphone users—is increasingly a matter of national...

Opening the Doors to the Life of Pi
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Opening the Doors to the Life of Pi

For those of us who have been intoxicated by the powers and possibilities of mathematics, the mystery isn't why that fascination developed but why it isn't universal...

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I Am Not Big Brother

I've grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job. I'm in political data.
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