Tecnologia

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times. You tell it to your volunteers when it looks like your movement […]

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A Second Life for the ‘Do Not Track’ Setting—With Teeth

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In 2009, as people grew concerned about the pervasiveness of web tracking, the idea of adding a Do Not Track (DNT) setting to browsers gained traction across the web. By enabling it, the browser attaches “DNT: 1” to a web request, effectively telling websites that the user does not wish to be tracked. Initially, the […]

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Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

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In 1964, concerns about increasing automation led the federal government to establish the National Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress. The commission was tasked with studying the impact of technological and economic change. Even more than half a century ago, leaders foresaw a world where technology could lead to a new era of economic […]

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There’s No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

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In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: “We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust.” He was referring to blockchain, the system behind bitcoin cryptocurrency. The circumvention of trust is a great promise, but it’s just not true. Yes, bitcoin eliminates certain trusted […]

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It’s Not Quite Doomsday o’Clock—But It Should Be

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Each January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists greets the new year with a readout of its Doomsday Clock, an allegorical timepiece created in 1947 to illustrate our species’ proximity to the apocalypse. The announcement of the time—with human civilization in its eleventh hour—tends to arrive amid considerable fanfare, especially in these tempestuous times. This […]

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How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

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When the US government shut down on December 21st there was an overlooked victim: the Violence Against Women Act, which expired the same day. That lapse means that new funds for Department of Justice’s VAWA programs, such as hotlines, shelters, crisis centers, and legal assistance, will not be funded until the law is reauthorized. WIRED OPINION […]

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A Growing Frontier for Terrorist Groups: Unsuspecting Chat Apps

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Heads up, tech companies: If your product appeals to the masses, it likely also holds allure for terrorist groups like ISIS. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Rita Katz is the Executive Director and founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, the world’s leading non-governmental counterterrorism organization specializing in tracking and analyzing the online activity of the global extremist community. ISIS […]

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What the US Can Learn from Israel and China’s Collaboration

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The contrast could hardly be more striking. In October, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a blistering speech accusing China of stealing prized US technology and military hardware. Barely two weeks later, one of Beijing’s most powerful bureaucrats touched down in Israel for a visit focused on building ties with its tech and innovation sectors. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Scott Moore […]

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Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

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I first came across the imposter Facebook page by accident. The page was made to look like that of my employer, Vietnam Veterans of America, complete with our organization’s registered trademark and name. As an Iraq veteran and the office’s designated millennial policy guy, I was helping run VVA’s social media accounts. The discovery kicked […]