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A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

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The October issue of WIRED took a close, in-depth look at the state of election security. While lots of it isn’t pretty, we did find some pockets of hope. Data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp is on a mission to stamp out misinformation. The former Facebook employees at the nonprofit Acronym are hoping to use the Trump’s […]

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A Patient Dies After a Ransomware Attack Hits a Hospital

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A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy […]

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Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

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When we spoke a few weeks ago, Marlbrough said his organization had recruited around 750 poll workers, many of them students at Atlanta’s public and historically Black colleges and universities. Most of the recruiting comes from the absolute best place to find young people in 2020: Instagram. The organization promises to help place volunteers where […]

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Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

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Google and Apple have taken steps this year they say will help users shield themselves from hundreds of companies that compile profiles based on online behavior. Meanwhile, other companies are devising new ways to probe more deeply into other aspects of our lives. In January, Google said it would phase out third-party cookies on its […]

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The Wayback Machine and Cloudflare Want to Backstop the Web

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The web is decentralized and fluid by design, but all that chaos and ephemerality can make it difficult to keep a site up and online without interruption. That’s what has made the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine feature so invaluable over the years, maintaining a history of long-forgotten pages. Now its deep memory will help make […]

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Making Smart Decisions in Uncertain Times

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The combination of a remote workforce and on-demand consumption of goods and services forced organizations to adopt an infrastructure that supports the digital experience. Simply put, the urgency of such an unanticipated and unprecedented situation removed many obstacles that had previously stood in the way of digital transformation plans — but not without complications. Prior […]

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Stacey Abrams on How We’ll Beat Back Voter Suppression

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Democracy is not partisan. That’s where I begin this conversation. Who I choose once I’m inside the voting booth is my business. Ensuring my ability to get inside is the responsibility of government. I’m a progressive Democrat in part because I want the system to be fair. We should not be guaranteed victory, but we […]

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One Data Scientist’s Quest to Quash Misinformation

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One day in early June 2018, Sara-Jayne Terp, a British data scientist, flew from her home in Oregon to Tampa, Florida, to take part in an exercise that the US military was hosting. On the anniversary of D-Day, the US Special Operations Command was gathering a bunch of experts and soldiers for a thought experiment: […]