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Wikimedia’s lawsuit against the NSA is back

The ACLU and the Wikimedia Foundation can move forward with an internet surveillance lawsuit against the NSA and Department of Justice, an appeals court has ruled. The ruling, published today, reverses a decision made back in October 2015 by a lower court. That ruling declared that the Wikimedia …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'

Poll of 14- to 24-year-olds shows Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety<p>Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health …

Mental Health

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

Hackers aren't the only ones bypassing the weak security of the Internet of Things. According to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, smart devices could also be used to shut down US intelligence operations in the future. At an open hearing today, the Senate Select Committee on …

Cybersecurity

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a …

Wi-Fi

Artificial Intelligence has to deal with its transparency problems

Artificial Intelligence breakthroughs and developments entail new challenges and problems. As AI algorithms grow more advanced, it becomes more difficult to make sense of their inner workings. Part of this is because the companies that develop them do not allow the scrutiny of their proprietary …

Artificial Intelligence

Americans are writing to the FCC about ‘fake news’ on TV, Google, and Facebook

Who do you complain to about the internet?<p>In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by <i>Columbia Journalism Review’</i>s Jonathan Peters, the FCC has released the smattering of complaints it has received about “fake news” since October 2016.<p>Unsurprisingly, the majority of the complaints …

Net Neutrality

Google may be quietly tracking everywhere you go — here's how to turn it off

Pop quiz: Do you know where you ate dinner on September 9, 2016? And how long did it take you to get to work on Thursday, February 23, 2017? Where were you on the afternoon of March 9, 2015?<p>You probably don't know the answers to these questions — but Google might.<p>How? It's thanks to a feature …

Google

For Uber, 'Hell' is apparently tracking Lyft drivers

Jean Paul Sartre once said, "Hell is other people." For ride-share giant Uber, "Hell" is actually Lyft drivers.<p><i>The Information</i> reports that Uber previously used secret software called "Hell" to track the location of available Lyft drivers and showed which of those Lyft drivers also worked for Uber, …

Uber

Oath isn’t just a terrible name — it’s going to be a nightmare ad-tracking machine

Zombie adtech is coming to kill Google<p>Two seemingly unrelated things happened Monday that actually point directly at the future of the internet:<p>1. Verizon was scooped into admitting that it’s going to rename the combined zombie corpses of AOL and Yahoo “Oath,” which is a terrible name that comes …

Fake VPNs Are Trying To Cash In On Your Online Privacy Fears

There’s a long list of reasons people are concerned about the privacy of their online activities. Some do it for security reasons. Others are concerned about ISPs selling their browsing histories and surveillance. As a result, many have turned to VPN services for assistance. Not all VPNs are …

Privacy

Tim Berners-Lee calls internet privacy rollback ‘disgusting’

The inventor of the web isn’t happy about what’s happening to his baby<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, has hit out at lawmakers rolling back internet privacy laws in the US. Speaking to <i>The Guardian</i>after receiving the Turing award (often described as the Nobel Prize of …

Trump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules

By | WASHINGTON<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House …

Net Neutrality

WhatsApp will reportedly launch peer-to-peer payments in India within 6 months

WhatsApp may be about to introduce peer-to-peer payments in India, its largest market with over 200 million users.<p>A report from The Ken, an India-based subscription media company that we recently profiled, claims that WhatsApp plans to use UPI, a cross-bank payment system backed by the government, …

India

Facebook Is Partnering With Amazon.com to Take on Google

Facebook is opening up header bidding to all publishers using its ad network.<p><b>Facebook</b> (NASDAQ:FB) is already a dominant force in digital display …

Why Internet Providers are Celebrating Friday’s Privacy Rule Rollback

On Friday, the Senate blocked the implementation of rules that would have restricted internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon’s ability to …

Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable

| LONDON<p>Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a "secret place for terrorists to communicate" using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday.<p>Local media have reported that British-born Khalid Masood sent an …

World News

A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet

‘We shouldn't have to buy trust as an add-on service’<p>Earlier this week, Congress voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it …

Privacy

New WikiLeaks docs show how the CIA hacks iPhones and MacBooks

For years, the CIA has been developing tools for hacking into Apple products — and thanks to WikiLeaks, those tools are now public. Today, the group published a new set of documents dubbed “Dark Matter,” part of the ongoing Vault 7 publication on CIA hacking tools. Today’s documents focus …

Wireless providers argue your web history isn’t ‘sensitive’ and they should be able to sell it

Internet providers are continuing to argue that they should be free to share and sell your web browsing history without permission because it isn’t “sensitive information.”<p>The latest group to make that argument is the CTIA, an industry association that represents AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and …

Broadband Privacy Rules: Senate May Kill Consumer Privacy Rules For Good Next Week

The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, a set of protections that would require internet service providers to get permission before collecting …

Privacy

Facebook’s AI Is Learning to Predict and Prevent Suicide

For years, Facebook has been investing in artificial intelligence fields like machine learning and deep neural nets to build its core …

Here Are Some Stats That Put The Whole 'Duopoly of Google and Facebook' in Perspective

Here's a positive spin on eMarketer's recent report: Digital advertising on mobile will only become easier for marketers, as Google will control …

Edward Snowden explains exactly how the CIA would hack your Samsung TV

To hack into your Samsung TV, the CIA isn't breaking into your house. They're hacking it when you order on Amazon.<p>That's what Edward Snowden pointed out during an interview on Tuesday with <i>The Intercept</i>. The interview was taped live at SXSW for the podcast <i>Intercepted</i>.<p>The CIA's efforts to hack the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

British democracy at risk from Russian hackers, says GCHQ

Foreign secretary accuses Russia of ‘dirty tricks’ as GCHQ is reported to have written to parties with advice on cyber-attacks<p>The foreign secretary has said there is “plenty of evidence” that Russia has the ability to disrupt British politics with cyber-attacks following reports that intelligence …

Landmark privacy rules are going to get killed because internet providers asked nicely

Your internet provider can see bits and pieces of almost everything you do online: the sites you visit, the apps you use, the services you connect to. It’s an unpleasant reality for anyone concerned with their privacy, since this information can reveal a whole lot about you. But it’s stayed that …

WikiLeaks: CIA can hack Android phones and Samsung TVs

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Tuesday said it had obtained a secret trove of hacking tools used by the CIA to break into or circumvent the security of phones, communication apps and other devices, and published confidential documents describing those programs.<p>Among the most noteworthy …

ACLU and 170 other organizations urge FCC to preserve net neutrality

The future of net neutrality is in jeopardy again, so advocates are getting back to the fight. In a letter sent today to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, as well as Senators John Thune and Bill Nelson, over 170 groups ask Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to continue to support and protect …

MIT finds an easy way to control robots with your brain

A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) wanted robots to be a more natural extension of our bodies. See, you'd usually have to issue vocal or very specific mental commands to control machines. But the method the CSAIL team developed works simply by reading …

Robotics

Fed's Powell warns of digital currency's risks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A top U.S. Federal Reserve official on Friday raised caution about central banks issuing digital currencies as they are vulnerable to cyber attacks and criminal activities along with privacy issues that still need to be addressed.<p>"A digital currency issued by a central …

Google just cracked one of the building blocks of web encryption (but don’t worry)

It’s all over for SHA-1<p>Today, Google made major waves in the cryptography world, announcing a public collision in the SHA-1 algorithm. It’s a deathblow to what was once one of the most popular algorithms in cryptography, and a crisis for anyone still using the function. The good news is, almost no …