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Is There Any Hope for Facebook's Fact-Checking Efforts?
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Is There Any Hope for Facebook's Fact-Checking Efforts?

Facebook's fact-checking efforts are on the rocks.

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 Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

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.

Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News
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Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News

On a bright fall morning at Stanford, Tom Mullaney is telling me what's wrong with QWERTY keyboards.

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.

Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores
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Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

You just wanted to shop for a birthday gift in peace—instead, you got ads that follow you around the internet, and coupons in your email that remember exactly which...

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...
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