Brent Wilson

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“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Chinese government has a clear motive to steal U.S. health data

The theft of data from 4.5 million patients last week sent shockwaves through the health industry. It’s proof that health organizations can be the target of the same kinds of large-scale data thefts that have plagued other industries.<p>Information is now coming out about the source of the attack — …

Fred Phelps Sr, ex-pastor of gay-hating Westboro church, 'close to death'

Fred Phelps Sr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son.<p>Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged from his father for 30 years, posted a statement on Facebook which said: “I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps Sr, pastor of the ‘God …

Officers' body cameras raise privacy concerns

Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.<p>And some rank-and-file officers are worried the …

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Dark Moment for Indian Free Speech After Prominent Journalist Gets Threatened

Late on Feb. 23, the caretaker of the South Delhi apartment occupied by Siddharth Varadarajan, a journalist, and Varadarajan’s wife, Nandini Sundar, …

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

There's nothing the same between Minecraft and Flappy Bird, The Sims and WoW [World of Warcraft]. These are fundamentally different experiences and yet the science of them is very much the same." --Curtiss Murphy, founder of GiGi Games<p>If you can distract that chatterbox of this nosy bossy, the …

Amid political pressure, FCC to propose Net neutrality fix

As politicians put on the pressure, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says he's about to reveal his plan for keeping the Internet open for everyone.<p>On Monday during a speech at the University of Colorado Law School, Wheeler said that the FCC, which suffered a legal defeat last …

UpCloud reckons Finnish privacy laws can protect data hosted in US

Post-Snowden, European cloud providers find themselves with a couple strong selling points: they host in Europe, so U.S. authorities can’t simply …

Angry Birds firm calls for industry to respond to NSA spying revelations

Rovio, the Finnish software company behind the Angry Birds game, has announced it will “re-evaluate” its relationship with advertising networks following revelations that the NSA and its UK counterpart GCHQ have the capability to “piggyback” on the private user data they collect.<p>On Monday, the …

DOJ accuses firm that vetted Snowden of faking 665,000 background checks

As Edward Snowden prepares to defend himself in a worldwide webinar Thursday, the Justice Department is accusing the private contractor that vetted him and thousands of other intelligence workers of bilking U.S. taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars by conducting phony background …

Snowden calls for global limits on spying

Ex-NSA contractor in Russia holds his first online chat since the surveillance story broke in June.<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, entertaining questions in an online chat Thursday from Moscow, called for global limits on surveillance but said, "Not all spying is bad."<p>He …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Inside the CIA's Secret Polish Torture Site

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new report by <i>The Washington Post</i> digs deep into one of the CIA's most important "black sites," a …

European Court of Human Rights will hear case about GCHQ spying

This is huge news: the European Court of Human Rights has <br>agreed to hear a challenge to bulk Internet surveillance by the UK spy agency GCHQ. The …

Report: Global Freedom Has Been Declining for Nearly a Decade

A third of the world's population lives in countries without political rights and civil liberties, according to a new study.<p>In 2013, for the eighth year in a row, more countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties than gains. Even as the number of electoral democracies in …

Obama faces digital divide growing wider on heels of FCC court ruling

The great digital divide that President Obama repeatedly has pledged to fix could grow even wider, after a recent federal court ruling put the president's promise of leveling the tech playing field in jeopardy.<p>The concern comes ahead of his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. Last year, …

Tech giants reach White House deal on NSA surveillance of customer data

The Obama administration has reached a deal with a number of technology giants, allowing the companies to disclose more information on customer data they are compelled to share with the government.<p>Announced on Monday, the transparency arrangement ends months of legal wrangling between the companies …

Apple follows Facebook's lead and reveals US surveillance requests

Apple has joined rivals including Facebook, Google and Twitter in calling on the US government to allow it to publish more details of the secret court orders its receives to disclose customers' information.<p>The company gave more details of its dealings with US authorities Monday as it sought to …

Tim Berners-Lee: internet freedom must be safeguarded

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said his invention of the world wide web should be safeguarded from being controlled by governments or large corporations.<p>The computer scientist's words of warning came as he and five colleagues were recognised by the Queen for their pioneering work in helping to create the …

Chinese firm Huawei controls net filter praised by PM

<b>The pornography filtering system praised by David Cameron is controlled by the controversial Chinese company Huawei, the BBC has learned.</b><p>UK-based employees at the firm are able to decide which sites TalkTalk's net filtering service blocks.<p>Politicians in both the UK and US have raised concerns about …

UK 'Porn' Filter Will Also Block Violence, Alcohol, Terrorism, Smoking And 'Esoteric Material'

The United Kingdom's new internet filters promise to block much more than just pornography, according to a report by the digital advocacy organization Open Rights Group.<p>Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced online porn would soon become automatically blocked in order to "protect …

FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.<p>FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of …

US "Deeply Concerned" by Vietnam Internet Sharing Ban

The US has spoken out against last week’s troubling news that Vietnam has passed a bill to prevent citizens from sharing news and all non-personal information to blogs, Facebook and any other sites on the Internet.<p>The AP reports that the US embassy in Vietnam today released a statement saying that …

Julian Assange is tracking the movements of 19 spyware contractors

The latest installment of Wikileaks came with a surprise: the organization is going on the offensive. Assange has announced something called the Wikileaks Counterintelligence Unit, a project to actively surveil various surveillance contractors to provide a rare view into their business dealings — …

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working on a successor.<p>PirateBrowser was designed to help people access The Pirate Bay and other torrent services even if they were blocked by …

Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.<p>The data pouring onto …