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When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?
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When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware...

Donald Trump's 'Impenetrable Cybersecurity' Is Pure Fantasy
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Donald Trump's 'Impenetrable Cybersecurity' Is Pure Fantasy

Nothing connected to the internet is safe from hackers. And I mean nothing.

For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest
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For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially...

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet
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Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner
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The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

Across the computer security world yesterday, heads were shaking.

Who Are the Shadow Brokers?
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Who Are the Shadow Brokers?

In 2013, a mysterious group of hackers that calls itself the Shadow Brokers stole a few disks full of National Security Agency secrets.

Online Voting Won't Save Democracy
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Online Voting Won't Save Democracy

Technology can do a lot more to make our elections more secure and reliable, and to ensure that participation in the democratic process is available to all.

The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone
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The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone

They weighed heavy in pockets and jackets and bags, for they were thick and bulky, not lithe and narrow. 

How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector
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How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday issuing a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, it went into effect...

How One Reporter Turned to His Readers to Investigate Donald Trump
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How One Reporter Turned to His Readers to Investigate Donald Trump

David Fahrenthold's coverage of Donald Trump’s charities this year for The Washington Post stood out for its quality and depth. It also stood out the way he did...

The Cynical Gambit to Make 'Fake News' Meaningless
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The Cynical Gambit to Make 'Fake News' Meaningless

For a term that is suddenly everywhere, "fake news" is fairly slippery.

The Lost Civilization of Dial-Up Bulletin Board Systems
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The Lost Civilization of Dial-Up Bulletin Board Systems

I have a vivid, recurring dream. I climb the stairs in my parents' house to see my old bedroom. In the back corner, I hear a faint humming.

How Twitter Bots Are Shaping the Election
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How Twitter Bots Are Shaping the Election

There is power in numbers, or so the saying goes. But statistics mean different things to different people. Take Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, for instance.

How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine
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How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine

The self-driving car's greatest promise is that it will buy its passengers that most precious and finite of resources: time.

How Long Until Hackers Start Faking Leaked Documents?
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How Long Until Hackers Start Faking Leaked Documents?

In the past few years, the devastating effects of hackers breaking into an organization's network, stealing confidential data, and publishing everything have been...

How Electronic Voting Could Undermine the Election
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How Electronic Voting Could Undermine the Election

It's 2016: What possible reason is there to vote on paper? When we use touchscreens to communicate, work, and shop, why can't we use similar technology to vote?

What Happens If GPS Fails?
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What Happens If GPS Fails?

In only took thirteen millionths of a second to cause a whole lot of problems.

Will the Constitution Protect Your Next Smartphone?
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Will the Constitution Protect Your Next Smartphone?

More than a decade ago, the keynote speaker at a major annual cybersecurity conference strode into the spotlight and predicted the death of the password.

Elegy for the Capital-I Internet
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Elegy for the Capital-I Internet

We've long stopped referring to the Internet as "the information superhighway," but there was a reason for the metaphor.

The Privacy Problem with Digital Assistants
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The Privacy Problem with Digital Assistants

For the last century, we've imagined a future where we're surrounded by robotic butlers that are classy, smart, and discreet.
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