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The Success of the Web
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The Success of the Web: A Triumph of the Amateurs

Connecting the unique factors that influenced the origination and subsequent development of the World Wide Web.

A Response to Fake News as a Response to <i>Citizens United</i>
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A Response to Fake News as a Response to Citizens United

How boundaries on speech could free the market for speech.

Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­s
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Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­s

Deepfakes are frightening, but so is Congress' rush to regulate them.

Facebook's Calibra Is A Secret Weapon for Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency
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Facebook's Calibra Is A Secret Weapon for Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency

Facebook's announcement of a new cryptocurrency, Libra, and the nonprofit association that will oversee it raises questions about the future of global banking and...

An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency
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An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency

Many risks of catastrophic failures of critical infrastructures can be significantly reduced by relatively simple measures to increase resiliency.

Continuity and Change in Internet Law
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Continuity and Change in Internet Law

The fundamentals of the field of Internet law have remained consistent, but details have evolved in response to technological innovation.

What Does It Mean for a Computing Curriculum to Succeed?
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What Does It Mean for a Computing Curriculum to Succeed?

Examining the expansion, proliferation, and integration of computing education everywhere.

The FBI Wanted a Backdoor to the iPhone. Tim Cook Said No
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The FBI Wanted a Backdoor to the iPhone. Tim Cook Said No

In 2016, Tim Cook fought the law—and won.

The ­.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War
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The ­.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War

A swathe of the world is adopting China's vision for a tightly controlled internet over the unfettered American approach, a stunning ideological coup for Beijing...

Is Julian Assange a Journalist, or Is He Just an Accused Thief?
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Is Julian Assange a Journalist, or Is He Just an Accused Thief?

Is Julian Assange a journalist? The Justice Department sidestepped that question in its indictment of Assange.

The ­.S. Campaign Against Huawei Can Offer No ­.S.-Based Alternatives
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The ­.S. Campaign Against Huawei Can Offer No ­.S.-Based Alternatives

As U.S. officials have pressured allies not to use networking gear from Chinese technology giant Huawei over spying concerns, President Trump has urged American...

­ntold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence
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­ntold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence

At 10:30pm on 29 October 1969, a graduate student at UCLA sent a two-letter message from an SDS Sigma 7 computer to another machine a few hundred miles away at...

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed
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The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

Years into the robocalling frenzy, your phone probably still rings off the hook with "important information about your account," updates from the "Chinese embassy...

­.S. Allies Should Heed the Warnings about Huawei
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­.S. Allies Should Heed the Warnings about Huawei

In a recent newspaper advertisement, the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei appealed to common sense.

A Journey, If You Dare, Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers
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A Journey, If You Dare, Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

Code seems cold and objective, the raw logic of the internet, and Silicon Valley likes it that way.

Despite Consumer Worries, the Future of Aviation Will Be More Automated
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Despite Consumer Worries, the Future of Aviation Will Be More Automated

In the wake of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes, people are thinking about how much of their air travel is handled by software...

Huawei's Problem Isn't Chinese Backdoors. It's Buggy Software
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Huawei's Problem Isn't Chinese Backdoors. It's Buggy Software

A report on Thursday from a British government oversight group found that Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei has basic but deeply problematic flaws in its product...

Robots on the Run
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Robots on the Run

Young animals gallop across fields, climb trees and immediately find their feet with enviable grace after they fall.

The Web Is Missing an Essential Part of Infrastructure
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The Web Is Missing an Essential Part of Infrastructure: An Open Web Index

A proposal for building an index of the Web that separates the infrastructure part of the search engine—the index—from the services part that will form the basis...

Cars Are Regulated for Safety, Why Not Information Technology?
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Cars Are Regulated for Safety, Why Not Information Technology?

As the computing industry grapples with its role in society, many people, both in the field and outside it, are talking about a crisis of ethics.
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