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Precision in language, please

One of the points Ron Charles made in his Jan. 26 Critic’s Notebook essay, “Alternative facts and Orwellian fiction” [Style], was that we need to be more precise in our language. However, Charles himself was imprecise when he stated that the National Security Agency was “listening” to our …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Creepy new browser-tracking technique means there's nowhere left for you to hide

These days, everyone on the internet already knows if you're a dog. Thanks to a newly developed tracking technique, they may soon know even …

Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age

With news sources splintering and falsehoods spreading widely online, can anything be done? Richard Gray takes an in-depth look at how we got here – and hears from the researchers and innovators seeking to save the truth.<p>Who was the first black president of America? It’s a fairly simple question …

Journalism

Fact or fiction: Are we living in an Orwellian era?

<i>Tim Conley is a professor of English Language and Literature at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.</i><p>What's the difference between fiction and a lie?<p>As the world watches "truthiness" being supplanted by "alternative facts," George Orwell's novel <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, first published almost 70 …

Hiding your tracks from Trump: Online privacy worries heat up

In the face of a new administration, activists and regular people alike embrace tools for keeping their browsing habits and communications private.<p>There's something about a Donald Trump administration in charge of the US National Security Agency that has folks taking government surveillance very …

Privacy

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former …

Surveillance