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Social Media Goes Dark During Chaos in Turkey

July 18, 2016 Just as chaos began to take hold of Turkey in a potential military coup—fighter jets roared overhead and two key bridges in Istanbul were shut down by the military—the government seems to have decided to shut off the internet. According to Turkey Blocks, a project from Encrypt UK that monitors...

What If Cameras Stopped Telling the Truth?

July 13, 2016 Even in the Photoshop age, photos and videos can win the public’s trust in a way a story or an eyewitness account can’t. More than 500 people have been shot and killed by police so far this year, but it’s those whose final encounters with police were caught on tape—and...

Foreign Hackers Target Thousands of Gmail Users Every Month

July 12, 2016 For four years, Google has been notifying Gmail customers when they come under attack from hackers who may be working for foreign governments. The company has long remained vague about the the way it detects and identifies these hackers—“we can’t reveal the tip-off,” the company tells users—and about the number...

When Should Hacking Be Legal?

July 5, 2016 When Aaron Swartz, a prominent programmer and digital activist, was arrested in 2011, he was halfway through a fellowship at Harvard’s Center for Ethics. Police took him in after he entered a computer closet at MIT and downloaded enormous amounts of data from JSTOR’s extensive database of academic research. Swartz...

Should Border Agents Scroll Through Foreigners’ Facebook Profiles?

June 30, 2016 Facebook stalking is a staple of modern life. New friends and potential Tinder dates get the treatment; so, too, do job candidates and college applicants. Now, the government wants to get in on the game. If a proposal from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is adopted, a common customs form...

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Should Border Agents Scroll Through Foreigners’ Facebook Profiles?

June 29, 2016 Facebook stalking is a staple of modern life. New friends and potential Tinder dates get the treatment; so too do job candidates and college applicants. Now, the government wants to get in on the game. If a proposal from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is adopted, a common customs form...

How to Get People to Embrace Technological Change

June 28, 2016 Nearly a decade ago, Steve Jobs strode out onto a dark stage in San Francisco to the final brass hits of James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” He greeted the audience with a sly smile. “Thank you for coming,” he said. “We’re going to make some history today.” In the grandiose...

There Is No Such Thing as Private Data

June 16, 2016 Just a few years after social media began to permeate students’ high-school experiences, the terrifying rumors began to spread: a liberal arts college that rescinded an admissions offer after coming across a misguided Facebook post; competitive applicants that send “anonymous tips” to admissions committees with links to photos from a...

Russian Hackers Hack Democratic Party Computers

June 14, 2016 Two groups of hackers sponsored by the Russian government broke into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and accessed emails, chat logs and a trove of detailed opposition research on Donald Trump assembled by the party’s researchers. The hackers were removed from the system over the weekend, officials...

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Russian Spies Hacked the Democratic Party to Steal Information on Donald Trump

June 14, 2016 Two groups of hackers sponsored by the Russian government broke into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and accessed emails, chat logs, and a trove of detailed opposition research on Donald Trump assembled by the party’s researchers. The hackers were removed from the system over the weekend, officials...