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Police Cameras Can Shed Light, but Raise Privacy Concerns
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Police Cameras Can Shed Light, but Raise Privacy Concerns

Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot during an encounter with police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, was recorded by a convenience store surveillance camera...

The Next Big Thing in Hardware: Smart Garbage
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The Next Big Thing in Hardware: Smart Garbage

There's a box on a shelf in my closet stuffed with smart smoke detectors, old smartphones, chargers, battery cases, fitness trackers, a Kindle that I sat on and...

The Future of Robot Caregivers
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The Future of Robot Caregivers

Each time I make a house call, I stay much longer than I should.

Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?
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Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?

Should we worry that technology companies can secretly influence our emotions?

The Tech-Savvy Supreme Court
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The Tech-Savvy Supreme Court

The two major technology-related decisions handed down by the Supreme Court this week have been widely greeted by people in the tech industry as one win and one...

Every Little Byte Counts
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Every Little Byte Counts

In "On What We Can Not Do," a short and pungent essay published a few years ago, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben outlined two ways in which power operates...

Ordering Google to Forget
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Ordering Google to Forget

In a ruling that could undermine press freedoms and free speech, the highest court of the European Union said on Tuesday that Google must comply with requests from...

The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere
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The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere

Thanks to advances in technology, we may soon revisit a question raised four centuries ago: Are there things we should try not to know?

The Move Toward Computing That Reads Your Mind
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The Move Toward Computing That Reads Your Mind

Like many people in this modern world, I struggle with the tension between the conveniences offered by the latest technology and the loss of privacy that comes...

Discovering Two Screens Aren't Better Than One
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Discovering Two Screens Aren't Better Than One

For years, techies have argued that getting an extra monitor or two for your desktop computer is an especially effective way to increase personal productivity.

The Future of Internet Freedom
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The Future of Internet Freedom

Over the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet.

Social Media, a Trove of Clues and Confessions
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Social Media, a Trove of Clues and Confessions

It seems as if every week there's a news story about someone committing a crime and confessing to it on Facebook, bragging about it on Twitter or sharing photos...

Bitcoin and the Fictions of Money
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Bitcoin and the Fictions of Money

How should we think about a currency like Bitcoin?

Why Bitcoin Matters
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Why Bitcoin Matters

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers...

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients
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When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

I remember when I first looked up a patient on Google.

Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
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Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency's reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United...

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Bits and Barbarism

This is a tale of three money pits.

An Homage to Douglas Engelbart and a Critique of the State of Tech
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An Homage to Douglas Engelbart and a Critique of the State of Tech

Theodor Holm Nelson, who coined the term hypertext, has been a thorn in the side of the computing establishment for more than a half century.

Internet's Sad Legacy: No More Secrets
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Internet's Sad Legacy: No More Secrets

Anyone who can watch you will watch you.

A Force For Face-to-Face Communication
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A Force For Face-to-Face Communication

Clifford I. Nass, a professor of communication at Stanford who died on Saturday, regaled me several times over the years about his method for torturing students...
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