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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

May 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible. Not who actually coded the malware, or who unleashed it on an essential piece of the internet’s infrastructure—instead, I wanted to...

The NSA Is Changing Some of the Information It Collects

May 1, 2017 The National Security Agency says it will no longer collect Americans’ email and text communications that mention foreign intelligence targets, perhaps the most controversial aspect of the warrantless-wiretapping program. Here’s part of the NSA’s statement: After considerable evaluation of the program and available technology, NSA has decided that its Section...

Hackers Get Back to the Basics

April 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the past month, WikiLeaks has regularly released secret CIA documents that reveal the breadth of the agency’s hacking tools. Some seem lifted straight from a spy thriller, like a tool that can turn internet-connected TVs into covert listening devices. The same could be said for complex state-on-state cyberattacks, like...

A Trick That Hides Censored Websites Inside Cat Videos

April 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A pair of researchers behind a system for avoiding internet censorship wants to deliver banned websites inside of cat videos. Their system uses media from popular, innocuous websites the way a high schooler might use the dust jacket of a textbook to hide the fact that he’s reading a comic...

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

April 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a robot almost looks human—almost, but not quite—it often comes across as jarringly fake instead of familiar. Robots that are clearly artificial, like WALL-E or R2-D2, don’t have this problem. But androids like this one that imperfectly mimic human mannerisms and facial expressions are weird enough to be haunting....

The Dark Side of Slack’s New Emoji Statuses

April 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, emoji continued their unstoppable invasion into Slack. They began popping up alongside my coworkers’ names in the popular messenger-app’s interface: First, it was just a few early adopters, who were just trying one on for size—I chose a contemplative —but soon, they were everywhere. The proliferation was the...

The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches

April 12, 2017 New statistics released Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal that the rate of digital border searches is on pace to quadruple since 2015. That means more and more travelers entering the U.S. are being asked to turn over their electronic devices to be analyzed. The increase appears to...

The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches

April 12, 2017 New statistics released Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal that the rate of digital border searches is on pace to quadruple since 2015. That means more and more travelers entering the U.S. are being asked to turn over their electronic devices to be analyzed. The increase appears to...

The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches

April 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New statistics released Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal the rate of digital border searches is on pace to quadruple since 2015. That means more and more travelers entering the U.S. are being asked to turn over their electronic devices to be analyzed. The increase appears to have...

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

April 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, President Donald Trump signed a controversial new law, allowing internet providers to continue gathering sensitive information on their users and selling that data to advertisers. News sites erupted with recommendations for keeping browsing history private—but because all the data people send and receive online goes through their service...

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