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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality
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The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality

Where the war over net neutrality stands, and why it (sort of) matters today.

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law
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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge's ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000
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Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000

A fast-growing market for digital art, ephemera and media is marrying the world's taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology.

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide
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Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Trump administration officials last year formulated a Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan that has an algorithm allocate shots nationwide.

How the United States Lost to Hackers
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How the United States Lost to Hackers

America's biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada
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Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Canadian authorities declared that the company needed citizens' consent to use their biometric information, and told the firm to delete facial images from its database...

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels
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What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others...

They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin
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They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

Companies inspired by the cryptocurrency are creating social networks, storing online content and hosting websites without any central authority.

When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse
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When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse

The transition of official White House social media handles in 2020 was more complicated than four years ago.

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code
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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

Microsoft on Thursday said the Russian exploit of U.S. government agencies and private corporations extended further into its network than previously thought.

Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match
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Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match

A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition...

Microsoft's Lessons for Google
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Microsoft's Lessons for Google

What the Microsoft case teaches us about antitrust and the power of Big Tech today.

More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of 'Grave Risk' to U.S. Government
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More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of 'Grave Risk' to U.S. Government

Minutes after the government statement, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned his administration would impose "substantial costs" on those responsible.

Vaccinated? Show Us Your App
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Vaccinated? Show Us Your App

Recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine may eventually be given digital health credentials in order to travel, go to work or school, visit entertainment venues, and...

Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit
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Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit

The Pentagon, intelligence agencies, nuclear labs, and Fortune 500 companies use software found to have been compromised by Russian hackers. The sweep of stolen...
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