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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...

When Apps Secretly Team Up to Steal Your Data

April 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine two employees at a large bank: an analyst who handles sensitive financial information and a courier who makes deliveries outside the company. As they go about their day, they look like they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. The analyst is analyzing; the delivery person is delivering. But they’re...

CSI: Walmart

April 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A highly secured digital-forensics laboratory sits tucked inside an enormous complex of low, boxy buildings in Bentonville, Arkansas. To get in, analysts have to scan their hands and enter a unique password. Inside, they comb through video-surveillance records and spirit data out of devices that have seen better days, like...

Encryption Won’t Stop Your Internet Provider From Spying on You

March 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this month, a lobby group for major internet providers like Comcast and Verizon attacked a set of online-privacy regulations they believe are too strict. In a filing to the Federal Communication Commission, the group argued providers should be able to sell customers’ internet history without the customers’ permission, because...

Is Trump Still Tweeting From His Unsecured Android Phone?

March 29, 2017 There are two personalities on display in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. One Trump generally spells things correctly, tweets flattering news stories and politely thanks visitors for meeting with him. The other Trump is easily provoked, capitalizes random words and lashes out in real time at things that annoy him. These...

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