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A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

January 30, 2015 Every bird, every bug, every human being on Earth is enveloped at all times by the signals of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Its 32 satellites, operated by the U.S. government, do far more than just tell you where you are. GPS keeps the time on cellphones in-sync. It helps ...

This is What Happens When High Schoolers Build Robots

January 6, 2015 Sometimes I think of school as an overlapping set of calendars. Students come in and out of eras: testing season, soccer season, marching-band season. Semesters and trimesters overlap and interfere. Everything arcs toward and away from the summer. This weekend, a considerable season began for thousands of kids across the ...

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You Can Be Endorsed for 'Time Travel' and 'WMDs' on LinkedIn

December 22, 2014 Likely more popular than Twitter, LinkedIn may be the most anomalous of the modern social networks. It’s not for friends or family or fellow fans—like Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest—but for the professional world. It is the most formal social network, the one wearing a suit, the one where you’re ...

The Number of Works Licensed Under Creative Commons Will Surpass 1 Billion by 2015

November 21, 2014 Sometime in 2015, the number of works licensed under Creative Commons agreements will surpass the 1-billion mark, the organization which stewards the licenses announced Thursday. The prediction came in a “State of the Commons” report, the first issued by that organization—which is also called Creative Commons—in four years. As of ...

Why NSA Surveillance Threatens Silicon Valley

November 17, 2014 What does it look like when a society loses its sense of privacy? In the almost 18 months since the Snowden files first received coverage, writers and critics have had to guess at the answer. Does a certain trend, consumer complaint, or popular product epitomize some larger shift? Is trust ...

The Conservative Case for Net Neutrality

November 12, 2014 Everyone likes the Internet. While not wholly true, per se, it can sometimes seem this way in national politics. Democrats like tech startups, Republicans like tech startups, everyone likes innovation and entrepreneurship and jobs and, maybe above all, the sense that San Francisco is allowing the U.S. to do something ...

Can Two Volunteers Really Put a Dent in Twitter Harassment?

November 7, 2014 Is the Internet a safe space for women? It’s a huge question—yet, more and more, the answer seems to be a clear no. Last month, online abusers drove female video game critics and developers out of their homes with violent threats. One critic’s public event had to be canceled because ...

Can Facebook's 'I Voted' Button Really Skew an Election?

November 4, 2014 Open Facebook today and you’ll see a public service announcement of sorts. “It’s Election Day,” proclaims the text. “Share that you’re voting in the U.S. Election and find out where to vote.” Then Facebook offers you a button to do that sharing: “I’m a Voter.” To entice you to Vote ...

The Ubiquity of Cyber Espionage

November 3, 2014 Don’t worry about dorm-room hackers, crime rings, or the mafia, said two cyber-security experts Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum. Worry about the government. Or, rather, the governments, plural. “These attacks are happening all the time,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and co-founder at Crowdstrike, of attacks on American corporate and ...

The Ubiquity of Cyber-Espionage

October 31, 2014 Don’t worry about dorm-room hackers, crime rings, or the mafia, said two cyber-security experts Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum. Worry about the government. Or, rather, the governments, plural. “These attacks are happening all the time,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and co-founder at Crowdstrike, of attacks on American corporate and ...