Alexis Hertzig

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Brains can recover some 'lost' memories

For the longest while, researchers believed that you could only preserve a memory in your brain if the relevant neurons were active. However, it now looks like this isn't always the case -- and that could be a tremendous help to anyone suffering from short-term memory loss. Scientists have …

The Brain

EFF urges companies to prepare for more surveillance and censorship

The Electronic Frontier Foundation – a group of tech pioneers trying to keep the Internet open and free – have published an open letter to tech companies pleading them to prepare for an era of increased Internet surveillance and censorship. The EFF is citing statements by Trump and his advisors …

The NSA Can Now Share The Dirt It Has On You With Any Other U.S. Intellgence Agency

One of the central concerns of American intelligence gathering is that they can cut a wide swath. Anything the government happens to find on anybody as it watches supposed threats to our country, even if it’s totally innocent, it can keep, which is why the NSA was allegedly sharing your sexts …

Surveillance

Trump, tech, and the future of government surveillance

Beginning with 2013’s Snowden leaks, the Obama administration publicly wrestled with various thorny issues at the intersection of technology and government surveillance.<p>When, how, and for what purposes should the government collect personal communications and other data? Is it ever appropriate for …

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 …

How to Debug Your Brain and Build Better Habits

Wouldn't it be great if you could debug your brain as though it were bad code? We might not be able to reprogram ourselves, but we can use the …

Five Daily Practices to Feeling 'Good Enough'

I have a friend who from the very moment we met, we were soul sisters. She had just moved out to LA from NY and was given my number by a mutual friend. From the moment I opened my door, there was an instant connection between us. We had so much in common and have been best friends ever since.<p>I have …

The New Way of Thinking About Time

Don't worry that you can't do it all. New research says it's better that way.<p>In late 2010, Contently co-founder Shane Snow worked every day from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on proving the viability of the company's nascent online publishing platform. But, as Snow found out, cramming more than a week's worth …

University of California

White House wants spy law renewed, but won't say how many Americans it spies on

Analysis: How many US citizens are actively caught up in the NSA's surveillance dragnet? That unknown figure will be instrumental in determining if …

Surveillance

Here’s what Trump can do about surveillance if he really wants to

“We’re still waiting to hear whether the president has concerns… so far he hasn’t shown that he does.”<p>In a series of tweets heard ‘round the world, …

EFF to Court: Forcing Someone to Unlock and Decrypt Their Phone Violates the Constitution

The police cannot force you to tell them the passcode for your phone. Forcing you to turn over or type in your passcode violates the Fifth Amendment …

Yes, the NSA Can Spy on Every US Citizen

We've learned from investigations that the NSA and FBI have direct access to the servers of numerous tech-industry giants including Google, Facebook, and Apple through the use of PRISM—a program that enables intelligence analysts to intercept any form...<p>NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.</i> …

Judge blocks FBI from forcing fingerprints from targets to unlock iPhones

In the latest skirmish over privacy in the cellphone age, a federal judge in Chicago has rejected a law enforcement request to force potential targets in an ongoing investigation to provide fingerprints to unlock any iPhones or other Apple devices.<p>The order by U.S. Magistrate Judge David Weisman …

Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them

Jonathan Stray summarizes three different strains of propaganda, analyzing why they work, and suggesting counter-tactics: in Russia, it's about …

Michael Flynn

Why Trump Lies

Many people, mostly those outside of Trump’s supporter community, are both appalled and baffled by his lies (see stats on this here). How can a …

How Do We Fight Back Against Trump and His Fake News, Fake Media Propaganda?

During a recent CNN segment with Don Lemon, panelist Karine Jean-Pierre pointed out that Donald Trump is continuing to profit off his business while …

Donald Trump

How to reclaim identity as a positive political force

Identity has been one of the most decisive and divisive political phenomena of the past 12 months. A particular understanding of national identity …

World Economic Forum

Identity Matters: How Content Strategists Build Trust and Loyalty

<i>This post was co-written by</i> Julie C. Lellis, Ph.D.In 2009, whether you were a golfer or not, you likely heard about Tiger Woods. It started with a …

Fake news likely to be believed by people who feel socially excluded, finds study

Researchers found that the feelings of despair were brought on by social exclusion.<p>Researchers at Princeton University have found that people who are …

Keep Calm Its Always Been Fake News Mindset Re-Stacking

(Click here to download audio.)<p>Stay Calm and Enjoy the Fake News<p><i>…because it’s all fake and always has been.</i><p><b>The problem, as usual, isn’t you.</b> <i>It’s how</i> …

Fake News

A Fake-News Warning From a Former Propagandist

Why readers shouldn’t underestimate the power of disinformation.<p>From pizza-parlor pedophilia rings to Sharia law in Florida, viral fake news stories often seem propelled by their own preposterousness. It’s a different matter for professionally produced disinformation. That, I learned from a former …

The Dangerous Spread Of Fake Ads

<i>Cowritten with Robert Glazer, Founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners.</i><p><b>Did Fake News Sneak up on America?</b><p>A recent Pew Research Center study reports that two-thirds of American adults get their news on Facebook, yet our legal and law enforcement systems have not kept up with the …

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 …