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Passcode at SXSW: Ad blockers, spies, hackers, and Hollywood

From biometric tracking to smart cities to hackers on film, bookmark our four panels on digital security and privacy at this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin. 

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Senior villages: a Q-and-A about this growing trend for retirees

Natalie Galucia, who helps communities establish and manage senior villages, discusses how the concept has evolved in recent years and how those interested can explore setting one up.

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Opinion: The tech behind Bitcoin could reinvent cybersecurity

Blockchains track, record, and secure transactions made within the virtual currency Bitcoin. They can also help defend many critical systems from devastating cyberattacks.

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With ISIS besieged in western Mosul, civilians decide now's the time to flee

Recent refugees from Mosul describe how the increased Iraqi pressure on ISIS in the western half of the city, the jihadists' last urban stronghold in the country, translates into increased pressure on civilians.

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For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a drive to build community amid pressing challenges

Communities spring up in the buildings and spaces where families manage to find a spot. Many refugees say their hope is in giving their children a better future.

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US regulator set to tamp down on privacy rules

The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to delay Obama-era privacy regulations that would push broadband companies to institute stronger standards for protecting consumers' data.

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Could South Korea see second impeachment?

After special prosecutors were denied permission to extend their investigation and question the impeached president, opposition parties threatened to impeach the acting president, as well.

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Egyptian Christians fleeing the Sinai after sectarian killings

The latest exodus was triggered by a series of killings that culminated in the murder of a Christian plumber in front of his family on Thursday.

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Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?

Nils Bildt, identified on 'The O'Reilly Factor' as a 'Swedish defense and national security advisor,' does not seem to have any connection with either the Swedish Defense Ministry or Foreign Office. 

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EU parliament passes new rule allowing it to delete hate speech from record

The European Parliament president can now blank out live broadcasts and delete from official records statements deemed to be racist; the move has prompted concern from free speech advocates.

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As Iraqi forces push into western Mosul, casualties mount

The spike in displaced residents and injured soldiers mirrors what happened during the campaign to take eastern Mosul from the Islamic State.

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Russians march against Putin on anniversary of opposition leader's death

Thousands took to the streets in protest two years after Boris Nemtsov was shot in what appeared to be a contract killing.

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South Sudan and the lure of a gleaming new capital

From the United States to Kazakhstan, many newly independent nations have built capital cities from scratch as a way to forge a new national identity. As Africa is finding out, it doesn't always work as intended.

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Making McHistory? Businesses step up to preserve Rome's antiquities.

This week, a McDonald's outside Rome opened a two-millennia-old road to the public, after discovering it at the restaurant site and investing in its excavation. It's just the latest instance of corporations helping preserve ancient sites.

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Obama for president – of France?

A grassroots campaign is seeking a million signatures to draft the former US president to run for president of France.

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Kim Jong-nam killed by nerve agent, Malaysian police say, putting spotlight on chemical weapons

This latest development in Mr. Kim’s alleged assassination, which South Korean and US officials suspect of being directed by North Korea, is another reminder of the regime’s chemical weapons, often overshadowed by its nuclear program.

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By migrants for migrants: the new faces of Italian media

'Nois' is the first video news show in Italy to be developed by migrants. It's one of a growing number of migrant-led media projects across Europe that offer refugees' perspectives and explore the challenges they face.

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Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?

Some law enforcement officials say it won't – and are discouraging parents from relying on a growing number of smartphone surveillance apps to guard against bullying and sexual predators.

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In Mexico, momentum grows to put out welcome mat for 'Dreamers'

Mexico estimates that some 40,000 young people who lived undocumented in the US may move back in the next several years. Many face enormous obstacles in trying to transfer educational credits that are crucial to establishing a foothold in Mexico. 

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Opinion: Will Trump sink Privacy Shield?

If Trump walks back US surveillance reform, he could jeopardize a trade agreement with the European Union that ensures the free flow of data across the Atlantic. 

 

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