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Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:52:00 -0400

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.

Tech Companies Blacklist White Supremacist Site

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has been essentially purged from the Internet following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.

Silicon Valley Fights Back Against Extremism Online

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

Companies are waging a broad attack against white supremacist groups, cutting off their ability to raise money, post content or register their sites online. These moves are not unprecedented, but this muscle flexing raises a lot of questions — not just about free speech, but also about due process and who controls the Internet.

Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0400

With Internet providers able to track and sell your browsing data, people who want to keep their activity hidden are turning to virtual private networks. But VPNs can themselves be insecure.

Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:32:00 -0400

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.

Dreamhost Challenges Department Of Justice Anti-Trump Records Request

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dallas Kashuba, co-founder of DreamHost. The company challenged the Department of Justice's demand that DreamHost hand over 1.3 million IP addresses for people who visited an anti-trump protest site.

Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0400

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

UNICEF Picks YouTube Star As Ambassador

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:07:00 -0400

Known as "iiSuperwomanii" to her 12 million YouTube followers, Lilly Singh represents a new kind of celebrity — and that's exactly why UNICEF has made her the face of its cause.

Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:00 -0400

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.

DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:10:00 -0400

Legal experts called the government's demand for information unusually broad. DreamHost says the warrant would require it to hand over logs of 1.3 million visits to its customer's website.

Some Are Troubled By Online Shaming Of Charlottesville Rally Participants

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:59:00 -0400

The "Yes, You're Racist" Twitter account uses crowdsourcing to help identify white supremacists. But sometimes it gets things wrong. And not everyone is happy about efforts at public shaming.

British Cybersecurity Expert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Malware Charges

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:59:23 -0400

Before these allegations, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was known for his role in finding the kill switch to the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack last May. He is accused of creating a malware scheme.

Forget Tough Passwords: New Guidelines Make It Simple

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:51:00 -0400

We've been told to create passwords that are complicated, to change them regularly and to use different ones for each app or site. But the latest advice is to keep them simple, long and memorable.

Our Homes May Get Smarter, But Have We Thought It Through?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400

As our houses fill with the Internet of things, sensors will tell us whether we left the stove on or that we're out of paper towels. But critics worry these devices won't be secure and will spy on us.

Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Is Banned By Google After Attempted Move From GoDaddy

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0400

Both Google and GoDaddy have now banned the Daily Stormer site, after it published a story mocking protester Heather Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Va.