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The Algorithms That Tell Bosses How Employees Are Feeling

September 30, 2016 Every day, humans type out more than 200 billion emails, hundreds of millions of tweets, and innumerable texts, chats, and private messages. No one person could pick through even a tiny sliver of this information and stitch together themes and trends—but computers are starting to be able to. For more...

Why Won’t Trump Blame the DNC Hack on Russia?

September 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After FBI Director Jim Comey warned a congressional panel Wednesday that hackers are “poking around” voter-registration systems in various states, law-enforcement officials told CNN the U.S. suspects Russian involvement. ABC News reported nearly half of U.S. states have come under cyberattack from hackers affiliated with Russia, which helps explain Comey’s...

The Algorithms That Tell Bosses How Employees Are Feeling

September 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every day, humans type out more than 200 billion emails, hundreds of millions of tweets, and innumerable texts, chats, and private messages. No one person could pick through even a tiny sliver of this information and stitch together themes and trends—but computers are starting to be able to. For more...

Virtual Classrooms Can Be as Unequal as Real Ones

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, exploded in popularity in the early 2010s, educators were particularly excited about the courses’ potential to give disadvantaged students equal access to a quality education. But a bevy of recent research has shown that online learning has largely fallen short of that goal....

Would Obama Pardon Edward Snowden?

September 16, 2016 Last month, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, wrote a letter to the editors of The New York Times. He argued that a recent column that attacked President Obama’s record on government transparency had failed to take into account the steps the administration took to fulfill Obama’s campaign promise...

Would Obama Pardon Edward Snowden?

September 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last month, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, wrote a letter to the editors of The New York Times. He argued a recent column that attacked President Obama’s record on government transparency had failed to take into account the steps the administration took to fulfill Obama’s campaign promise of...

The Strange Way People Perceive Privacy Online

September 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you knew someone was rifling through your things at work, or suspiciously idling near your house every night, you might go to extra lengths to secure yourself. Maybe you’d start locking important documents away in a cabinet, or invest in a home alarm system. And if you knew someone...

How Electronic Voting Could Undermine the Election

August 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's 2016: What possible reason is there to vote on paper? When we use touchscreens to communicate, work and shop, why can't we use similar technology to vote? A handful of states, and many precincts in other states, have already made the switch to voting systems that are fully digital,...

Update Your iPhone Now

August 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The software update Apple just released for every iPhone and iPad doesn’t activate any new features—but it does patch three enormous security holes that would allow a savvy hacker to access just about every corner of an iOS device. If exploited correctly, those flaws allow an intruder unprecedented access to...

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

August 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow City dwellers spend nearly every moment of every day awash in Wi-Fi signals. Homes, streets, businesses and office buildings are constantly blasting wireless signals every which way for the benefit of nearby phones, tablets, laptops, wearables and other connected paraphernalia. When those devices connect to a router, they send requests...

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