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Fake Video Will Complicate Viral Justice

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It used to be that cameras never lie. We tend to privilege visual content, trust what we see, and rely on police cams, mobile recording tools and similar devices to tell us about what is really happening on the streets, in local businesses, and more. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Catherine Brooks (@catfbrooks) is an Associate Professor […]

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How NATO Defends Against the Cyberattacks

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“Oops, your files have been encrypted!” This was the chilling message that greeted hundreds of thousands of computer users last summer. The WannaCry ransomware attack brought production to a standstill at Renault factories across France, put lives at risk by attacking hospitals in the UK, and cost companies around the world billions of dollars in […]

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Why Police Should Monitor Social Media to Prevent Crime

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In February, the ACLU of Massachusetts released a damning report detailing prejudice in social media surveillance efforts by the Boston Police Department (BPD). The report revealed that between 2014 and 2016, the BPD had tracked keywords on Facebook and Twitter in an effort to identify potential terrorist threats. The BPD labeled as “Islamist extremist terminology” […]

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Want to Avoid Malware on Your Android Phone? Try the F-Droid App Store

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In the early days of Android, co-founder Andy Rubin set the stage for the fledgling mobile operating system. Android’s mission was to create smarter mobile devices, ones that were more aware of their owner’s behavior and location.“If people are smart,” Rubin told Business Week in 2003, “that information starts getting aggregated into consumer products.” A […]

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Tech Companies Are Complicit in Censoring Iran Protests

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The world is witnessing the biggest protest movement in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement uprising. Over the last two weeks, there has been unrest in nearly every major Iranian city and dozens of smaller towns. Corruption, economic mismanagement, and neglect are the protesters’ primary grievances, though the chants quickly turned political. Predictably, the government […]

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Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won’t Help Us Win Wars

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Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism. Sure, past games like like Castle Wolfenstein let them role play America’s Greatest Generation. But the recently released Call of Duty: WWII provides a more human and realistic dimension of war, whereas previous videogames delved into fantasy or […]

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Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

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The 20th century gave birth to the Nuclear Age as the power of the atom was harnessed and unleashed. Today, we are on the cusp of an equally momentous and irrevocable breakthrough: the advent of computers that draw their computational capability from quantum mechanics. WIRED OPINION ABOUT US representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) (@HurdOnTheHill) chairs the […]

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Ethiopian Espionage Shows Commercial Spyware Is Out of Control

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Throughout 2016 and 2017, individuals in Canada, United States, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, and numerous other countries began to receive suspicious emails. It wasn’t just common spam. These people were chosen. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Ronald Deibert (@rondeibert) is professor of political science and director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School […]

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The US Should Modernize Election Systems to Prevent Hacking

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Our democracy hinges on protecting Americans’ ability to fairly choose our own leaders, and this requires public confidence that the voting results announced on election night are legitimate and reflect the actual votes cast in each state. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Martin Heinrich (@martinheinrich) (D-New Mexico) and Susan Collins (@senatorcollins) (R-Maine) serve on the Senate Select […]