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Detecting Trustworthy Domains

<i>We take the idea of truth very seriously here at Flipboard, and we’ve recently opened up about what that means for us — and how we act on it. First,</i> …

Will Labor Unions Survive In The Era Of Automation?

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.<p>Labor unions have been protecting the rights of workers as far back as the 18th century.<p>It’s because of collective bargaining and worker protests that some work forces today enjoy the right to argue for wage increases, access affordable healthcare, and improved …

Unions

Scraping Basics with Python

Before I share some basics of a scraping effort, if you need lots of data like this, I highly recommend just reaching out to the data providers and …

The Real Digital Divide Afflicting American Politics

When we talk about the media’s effect on our political discourse, usually we’re referring to the way politics are reported. There are, of course, …

How to see everything Google knows about you

It's no secret that Google knows a lot about its users.<p>The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google's services and provide relevant ads.<p>But you might be surprised to know that Google can easily take a look at …

Google

Farewell to Person of Interest, one of the best shows about spy tech ever made

The dark sci-fi series ended last night after five seasons of high-tech surveillance and subversion.<p><i>CBS</i><p>Reese and Finch puzzle out a problem, with …

We now know who owns the government surveillance SUV disguised as a Google Maps car

For days, a few security experts on social media were buzzing about a mysterious government surveillance SUV in Philadelphia that appeared to be disguised as a Google Street View Car.<p>A University of Pennsylvania professor tweeted a picture of the suspicious vehicle, which he found parked in the …

Surveillance

General Michael Hayden on the state of surveillance in America, presidential candidates and more

General Michael Hayden is no stranger to government — or to your data. As the former director of the NSA and the CIA, he oversaw controversial surveillance programs and had authority over some of the government’s most closely kept secrets. Since he retired from his post at the CIA in 2009, Hayden …

Panama Papers whistle-blower breaks silence with manifesto, offers to help prosecutors

The anonymous whistle-blower who leaked millions of Panamanian legal documents related to secret shell companies offered to help authorities investigate and prosecute criminal cases that might arise from them in exchange for immunity.<p>The whistle-blower, who is identified only as “John Doe,” made …

Corruption

'Leaked' Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Is a Threat to American Privacy

Every service, person, human rights worker, protester, reporter, company—the list goes on—will be easier to spy on.<p>On Thursday, what appears to be a draft bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) was uploaded by The Hill reporter Cory Bennett. The bill …

Surveillance

Senator: let’s fix “third-party doctrine” that enabled NSA mass snooping

Q&A: Ars sits down with Oregon's outspoken advocate of strong crypto, Sen. Ron Wyden.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—This past week hundreds of lawyers, technologists, …

This Week's Number One Album Is The Lowest-Selling In History

Rihanna onstage at the Brit Awards 2016 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)<p>This week, a new record was set in the music industry…but it’s not one that anybody likely wants to be connected to in any way. Rihanna’s latest album, <i>Anti</i>, has bounced back …

Music

Record Industry Continues its War on Free Music

The U.S. record industry's umbrella organization, the RIAA, released statistics this week showing that annual revenues from subscription-based …

Why Data Minimization Is An Important Concept In The Age of Big Data

Bigger is always better, right?<p>Well, not necessarily. Even in the realm of big data, companies and governments are beginning to see the value in a “less is more” approach. This is actually in stark contrast with things data-driven CEOs like Jeff Bezos at Amazon believed when he said “We never throw …

Big Data

What are your digital rights?

Digital rights are basically human rights in the internet era. The rights to online privacy and freedom of expression, for example, are really …

Bill Gross says capitalism, like the sun, is dying — except it will take less than 5 billion years to blow up

Bill Gross is at it again.<p>In his latest investment outlook, Gross writes about how the sun will eventually swallow the earth whole instead of nurture life.<p>Which, it seems, is sort like what has happened to capitalism, just at a faster rate — first helpful, then harmful.<p>Here's Gross (emphasis …

Quantitative Easing

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond was the central theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place earlier …

Intelligence

The NSA has a brilliant stance on encryption

Discussions about the U.S. government’s need for breaking encryption have intensified following the mid-November attacks in Paris. Law enforcement …

The state of privacy in America: What we learned

After the June 2013 leaks by Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance of Americans’ communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of …

Privacy

The Concentration of U.S. Wealth

Thinkstock/jupiterimages<p>For the past 40 years, the share of wealth owned by the wealthiest families in the U.S. has increased, according to French …

60 years after Orwell wrote 1984 and was destroyed by the book, a chilling reminder that his sinister vision is almost reality

By<p>Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in London on Wednesday, June 8, 1949, and in New York five days later. The world was eager for it.<p>Within 12 …

This Constitution Day, Teach the Whole Document

When I assign students in my American Government classes to read the Constitution, a document whose birthday the nation commemorates on September 17, I ask them how many have read the main body of it--really read it, front to back--before. Few raise their hands. They are college freshman and …

Bill Of Rights

Community hospitals replacing EHRs

As they grapple with meaningful use and grumble about usability, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals polled for a recent report are "actively …

WikiLeaks: Steinmeier target of systematic NSA spying

WikiLeaks has published evidence that the NSA systematically spied on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as other officials. …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data

PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel commonly harps on the tech community for overusing buzzwords like “cloud” and “big data.” He’s not the only one who’s been saying this, but the message still doesn’t appear to be sinking in with most enterprises.<p>Companies often tout all their …

NSA: We're too complex to comply with law, so we're destroying evidence in EFF lawsuit

The National Security Agency is using a new argument for not retaining the data it gathers about users' online activity: The NSA is just too …

National Security Agency (NSA)

US net neutrality rules to go ahead

<b>Rules that prevent net firms from blocking or slowing down online traffic can go ahead, a US federal appeals court has ruled.</b><p>A three-judge panel said it will not postpone implementation of net neutrality rules, despite opposition from firms such as Verizon and AT&T.<p>Federal Communications Commission …

22 Thinkers Working to Combat Our Increasingly Terrifying Surveillance State

<i>The following is excerpted from the forward to the new book Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search For Solutions by Julia Horowitz and Jeramie Scott.</i> …