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Brian Fung

Cybersecurity

Edward Snowden Says He Wants to Stay in Russia, for Now

The former intelligence contractor said he doesn't intend to harm the United States.

Cybersecurity

The IRS Mistakenly Exposed Thousands of Social Security Numbers

Data breach concerns transactions by nonprofit political groups known as 527s.

Data

Everything Gmail Knows About You and Your Friends

MIT project analyzes metadata to show the connections and information Google sees.

Data

Your TV Is Spying on You

The campaign strategy that married elections to big data is now being applied to your home theater.

Cybersecurity

Edward Snowden Realizes He Can't Live Without WikiLeaks

The organization played a major role in helping Snowden evade detection once he left the United States.

IT Modernization

You Know Who Else 'Inadvertently' Gathered Your Electronic Data?

Google and NSA may be doing similar things. Why should only one be held accountable?

Data

Can Silicon Valley Stand Up to Washington?

A response to the NSA surveillance program has been arduous.

Data

Apple: <span>i</span>Message and FaceTime Are Safe From the NSA's Prying Eyes

The company adds that the government asked for data on up to 10,000 user accounts in the past 6 months.

Cybersecurity

Is This PRISM 2.0?

Microsoft alerts feds to bugs before issuing a public patch, allowing Washington to exploit the vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity

Leaker: NSA Has Been Snooping on China Since 2009

'We hack backbones—huge Internet routers, basically' for access to smaller computers, Snowden tells Chinese paper.

CIO Briefing

Commentary: The NSA leaker and Highly Skilled but Academically Ordinary Workers

There's an underground high-tech economy.

Cybersecurity

NSA Leaks Shed Light on China's Complaints About U.S. Hacking

Washington's digital-surveillance systems are more powerful than many thought.

Cybersecurity

Why Insiders, Not Hackers, Are the Biggest Threat to Cybersecurity

Edward Snowden's case reminds us that employees often pose a greater risk than foreign cyberspies.

Ideas

Cosponsor.gov Lets You Upvote the Bills You Want Passed

It's the Facebook Like for legislation.

Emerging Tech

Why Humans Still Can't Go to Mars

It's not just the cost -- there's a big technical problem to solve.