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The Future of Privacy Is Plausible Deniability

Say that you’re 70 and you unexpectedly learn that you require a surgery that will keep you in the hospital for a week. You adamantly don’t want any of your grandkids to find the will in your house that reveals who among them gets what.

Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

A Q&A with Joseph Turow, a professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

What’s Missing From Mark Zuckerberg’s Memo on Peter Thiel

It was time to address the “questions and concerns about Peter Thiel as a board member and Trump supporter,” Zuckerberg wrote in the memo, which was leaked to the website Hacker News.

A Grand Bargain to Make Tech Companies Trustworthy

[Commentary] Companies share information about us in any number of unexpected and regrettable ways, and the information and advice they provide can be inconspicuously warped by the companies’ own ideologies or by their relationships with those who

Donald Trump Is a 1960s Technology Critic’s Worst Nightmare

Fifty-six years after technology critics worried that television would revolutionize—and degrade—American politics, Donald Trump is the embodiment of their worst fears: He is a candidate who picks stunts over substance, who deliberately obfuscates

How Long Until Hackers Start Faking Leaked Documents?

In the past few years, the devastating effects of hackers breaking into an organization's network, stealing confidential data, and publishing everything have been made clear.

The Internet May Be as Segregated as a City

In a city or town, a quick look around will tell you the racial makeup of the community you're in. But on a webpage, there’s no easy way of telling who else is visiting.

Iran's Own Internet

The World Wide Web is nearing its end in Iran.

Can Satellites Learn to 'See' Poverty?

Imagine the Earth at night—the vast and curving darkness, splotched with rivulets of light. It is a gorgeous sight, and a familiar one.

The $47 Billion Network That’s Already Obsolete

[Commentary] The prize for the most wasteful post-9/11 initiative arguably should go to FirstNet—a whole new agency set up to provide a telecommunications system exclusively for firefighters, police, and other first responders.