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The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

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The First Amendment and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act collided last month when the UK arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on, among other things, a US extradition request for computer crime. He has since been sentenced to 50 weeks in a British prison. For roughly seven years before his arrest, he’d been living in […]

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It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the adage goes. But for the sunset of Patriot Act authorities later this year—including Section 215, a controversial provision that allows the National Security Agency to collect records, including those about Americans’ phone calls—the more applicable phrase may be “If it keeps breaking, throw it out.” WIRED OPINION […]

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Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

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“Right to repair just basically says, ‘Hey guys, you got to make the information and the parts available.’” —Elizabeth Warren, on All In With Chris Hayes, March 27, 2019 Our work to help people fix their stuff reached a milestone last week, when US senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massa­chusetts) called for Right to Repair to support […]

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Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

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With so much of our lives lived online, people have often assumed that the pictures, financial documents, and other sensitive information we store on our password-protected phones and computers are kept private. But every day, it seems there’s a new data breach, or another story about our information being passed around in ways we couldn’t […]

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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 […]