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 …

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 …

The Brain

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 …

Time Management

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 …

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, …

Surveillance

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 …

Privacy

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> …

Surveillance

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 …

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?

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 …

Marketing