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Ditch All Those Other Messaging Apps: Here's Why You Should Use Signal
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Ditch All Those Other Messaging Apps: Here's Why You Should Use Signal

Stop me if you've heard this before.

Net States Rule the World; We Need to Recognize Their Power
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Net States Rule the World; We Need to Recognize Their Power

"We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." So declared MIT professor David D. Clark in 1992.

Workers Displaced By Automation Should Try a New Job: Caregiver
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Workers Displaced By Automation Should Try a New Job: Caregiver

Sooner or later, the US will face mounting job losses due to advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

Provoking Iran Could Have Unseen Cyber Consequences
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Provoking Iran Could Have Unseen Cyber Consequences

On Friday, President Trump announced that he will not certify Iran's cooperation with the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration.

Author Franklin Foer on Controlling the Power of Big Tech
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Author Franklin Foer on Controlling the Power of Big Tech

Franklin Foer is the author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, a critique of the power held by the big tech companies, and the way it is...

Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue
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Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue

For more than two decades, Tim O'Reilly has been the conscience of the tech industry.

Red-Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet
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Red-Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet

Scroll with me here. Somebody named BeatlesBaby makes "a very badass chicken curry." Look, there's a nice sepia-tinted pencil drawing of Ned Stark from Game of...

I Helped Create Facebook's Ad Machine. Here's How I'd Fix It
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I Helped Create Facebook's Ad Machine. Here's How I'd Fix It

This month, two magnificently embarrassing public-relations disasters rocked the Facebook money machine like nothing else in its history.

Software Has a Serious Supply-Chain Security Problem
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Software Has a Serious Supply-Chain Security Problem

The warnings consumers hear from information security pros tend to focus on trust: Don't click web links or attachments from an untrusted sender.

Apple's FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying
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Apple's FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

This Tuesday Apple unveiled a new line of phones to much fanfare, but one feature immediately fell under scrutiny:FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition...

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

In August Google employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to...

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp
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What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp

At 6'5", Aaron Dennis towers over the whiteboard beside him.

Sorry, Banning 'Killer Robots' Just Isn't Practical
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Sorry, Banning 'Killer Robots' Just Isn't Practical

Late Sunday, 116 entrepreneurs, including Elon Musk, released a letter to the United Nations warning of the dangerous "Pandora's Box" presented by weapons that...

Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees
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Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees

Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn't as hard as it...

It's Past Time for You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator
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It's Past Time for You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator

Bruce Sherwood, the author of Matter and Interactions, had a question for me when I saw him at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference not long...

The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn
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The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn

Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing their best...

What Is Ray Kurzweil Up To at Google? Writing Your Emails
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What Is Ray Kurzweil Up To at Google? Writing Your Emails

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time.

Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea
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Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea

As the rate of cybercrime increases, so too does the intensity of those attacks.

AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes
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AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes

In 1899, the world's most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology's destructive power...

It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly
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It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly

We need new tools that let everyone see, understand, and remix today's web. We need, in other words, to reboot the culture of View Source.
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