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Kaveh Waddell

Kaveh Waddell

Kaveh Waddell is an associate editor at The Atlantic.
Kaveh Waddell is an associate editor at The Atlantic.
Tech

The NSA Is Changing Some of the Information It Collects

The agency says it’s stopping the controversial practice of collecting Americans’ emails that mention foreign intelligence targets.

Tech

The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches

At the current rate, customs agents are on track to increase inspections of travelers’ electronic devices by a third this year.

Tech

The Government’s Secret Wiki for Intelligence

Analysts reportedly tucked classified information about Russian hacking inside Intellipedia for safekeeping.

Tech

The Invisible Fence That Keeps Drones Away From the President

Some drones are programmed to avoid restricted airspace—but it’s not hard to ignore the limits and fly there anyway.

Tech

How Long Can Border Agents Keep Your Email Password?

Some data gathered from travelers going through customs can stay in a Homeland Security database for 75 years.

Tech

A NASA Engineer Was Required to Unlock his Phone at the Border

A U.S.-born scientist was detained at the Houston airport until he gave customs agents the passcode to his work-issued device.

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Tech

What Happened to Trump’s Secret Hacking Intel?

New information that the president promised over a month ago never materialized.

Tech

Why Elections Are Now Classified as 'Critical Infrastructure'

President Obama’s homeland security adviser hinted that it might help deter foreign cyberattacks.

Management

Obama Just Made it Harder for Trump to Create a Muslim Registry

The government is dismantling a dormant program that was used to track people from Muslim-majority countries.

Tech

America Already Had a Muslim Registry

A program that targeted visitors from Muslim-majority countries was phased out in 2011—but unless it’s dismantled completely, Donald Trump could easily reinstate it.

Tech

How Will the Public Learn About Cyberattacks Under President Trump?

Unlike his predecessor, the president-elect doesn’t seem to trust the intelligence community to investigate state-sponsored hackers.

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Oversight

Obama Orders Investigation Into Election-Related Hacking

A report will be shared with lawmakers before Trump’s inauguration, a top adviser said Friday.

Tech

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

Seven senators have asked President Obama to declassify additional information about the Kremlin’s possible involvement.

Management

The Algorithms That Tell Bosses How Employees Are Feeling

Sentiment-analysis software can help companies figure out what’s bothering workers—or what they’re excited about.

Defense

Would Obama Pardon Edward Snowden?

It's a long shot, but who knows what the president might do in his last months in office.

Management

Report: The NSA Got Hacked

Internal documents appear to confirm that this week’s leak came from the agency.

Management

Did the NSA Get Hacked?

A group calling itself the “Shadow Broker” is auctioning off what it says are the agency’s cyberweapons.