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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...

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...

Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?
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Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?

One recent morning, while contemplating writing this column, I scrolled through thousands and thousands of listings for mundane microgigs on Mechanical Turk, or...

Flight 370 and the Terror of Being Off the Grid
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Flight 370 and the Terror of Being Off the Grid

How can a commercial airliner go missing?

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.

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...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

A Day in the Life of My Iphone
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A Day in the Life of My Iphone

Each morning at 7 a.m., I am awakened by the sound of a spaceship next to my bed.

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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.

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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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...

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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.

What Makes Google's Maps So Good
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What Makes Google's Maps So Good

Wow. Nothing makes you appreciate something like losing it.

How Depressives Surf the Web
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How Depressives Surf the Web

In what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your email compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications—from...

Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train
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Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train

Back in 2004, as Google prepared to go public, Larry Page and Sergey Brin celebrated the maxim that was supposed to define their company: "Don’t be evil."
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