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How Algorithms Can Bring Down Minorities' Credit Scores

December 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In one episode of "Black Mirror," the world runs on a rating system. Just like you and your Uber driver rate each other after a ride, every person in the episode’s fictional world scores each other on a five-star scale after every interaction. Each individual’s average score affects their access...

Is the White House Hiding Secrets About Russia's Role in the Election?

December 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of top senators is asking President Barack Obama to release more information about Russia’s involvement in the election, hinting that important details are being kept secret. In a letter sent Tuesday and made public Wednesday, seven Democratic senators (including a Democrat-aligned Independent senator)—six members of the Senate Intelligence...

Is the White House Hiding Secrets About Russia's Role in the Election?

December 1, 2016 A group of top senators is asking President Obama to release more information about Russia’s involvement in the election, hinting that important details are being kept secret. In a letter sent Tuesday and made public Wednesday, seven Democratic senators—six members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and one member of the...

A Website That Gives You Points as It Spies on You

November 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Oh, you are truly my favorite subject!” exclaimed a soft voice in my ear. “Would you allow me to … see you, please?” My laptop’s webcam asked for permission to activate. Any other time, I’d have denied the request and closed my browser immediately, but I put my thumb over...

People Censor Themselves Online for Fear of Being Harassed

November 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When somebody famous gets harassed online, it usually makes a stir. The comedian Leslie Jones logged off Twitter this summer after being barraged with racist and sexist tweets. Last year, Zelda Williams walked away from her account when she was brutally harassed about the death of her father, the actor...

Trump’s CIA Director Wants to Return to a Pre-Snowden World

November 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mike Pompeo, the man President-elect Donald Trump chose Friday to lead the CIA when he becomes president, has long been a vocal supporter of expanding the government’s surveillance powers. As Congress worked to wind down the National Security Agency’s bulk data-collection program last summer, rolling back one of the secret...

How Light Bulbs Watch You Buy Groceries

November 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an enormous grocery store in northern France, the lights above the aisles aren’t all they seem to be. They look ordinary—more than a mile and a half of fixtures exuding bright light, folded into a grid overhead—but they’re actually flickering faster than the human eye can see. The unique...

Trump’s CIA Director Wants to Return to a Pre-Snowden World

November 18, 2016 Mike Pompeo, the man that President-elect Donald Trump chose on Friday to lead the CIA when he becomes president, has long been a vocal supporter of expanding the government’s surveillance powers. As Congress worked to wind down the National Security Agency’s bulk data-collection program last summer, rolling back one of...

The Dark Web Isn’t All Dark

November 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drugs, child porn, hitmen for hire: The dark web doesn’t have a particularly glowing reputation. When the leader of a illegal-drug marketplace called the Silk Road was arrested in 2013, many were introduced to the hidden side of the internet for the first time as the home of the notorious...

Inside a Hacking Competition to Take Down a Water-Treatment Plant

October 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just before 2:30 p.m. last Friday, the water-treatment plant lost power. For minutes, as technicians scrambled to bring it back to life, it was still, its pumps quiet, its purifying chemicals inactive, its ultraviolet lamps dark. The plant had been attacked by hackers, who had bombarded its power-control system with...

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