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The War On File Sharing is the New War On Drugs

Posted on July 26th, 2016.

“It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.” — Aaron Swartz Federal authorities recently arrested the...

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Entertainment

Popcorn Time Is Still Going Strong despite Netflix’s Global Expansion

Posted on January 19th, 2016.

Movie- and TV shows-streaming platform Popcorn Time is still being used as a go-to viewing resource for users around the world. An MPAA-led takedown ensured that headlines were made of the demise of PopcornTime and its streaming resource YTS. YIFY, the group behind YTS was declared to be shut down permanently. An unnamed individual in a...

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Opinion

Encryption, “Dark Spaces” Demonized on Both Sides of the Aisle

Posted on December 8th, 2015.

Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. The...

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Op-Ed

Hillary Clinton Wants Silicon Valley to “Disrupt” ISIS

Posted on December 7th, 2015.

Arguments against strong encryption will break down on a long enough timeline. If not for the simple reason that strong encryption protects everyone and weakening it will inevitably make us all less safe, then the fact that interfering encryption research in the west won’t stop malevolent actors from further developing the open...

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Law

Girl Listed Simultaneously As Minor and Adult for Nude Selfie

Posted on November 22nd, 2015.

16-year-old Brianna Denson of Fayetteville, North Carolina plead guilty in July as an adult – for crimes against herself. The girl had taken nude photos of herself, an increasingly common activity among teenagers, and had possessed it. That’s two charges. To avoid becoming a sex offender, which brings with it a lifetime stigma, the...

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Anonymous

Anonymous Takes Down Thousands of Islamic State Twitter Accounts Overnight

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

Despite being called “idiots” by the Islamic State after declaring “total war” on the expressly terrorist organization, hacktivist group Anonymous has already taken down more than a few thousand pro-ISIL Twitter accounts. Two days into the keyboard war and Anonymous claims to have gained control of roughly 5,500 ISIS-related Twitter...

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Communication

ISIS’ Digital Caliphate Going Dark – Darknet, That Is

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

The digital propaganda machine of ISIS has run into trouble staying afloat on the clear net, and so like most other banned information, they’re heading to the deep web. While this may severely limit the ability of the group to dutifully indoctrinate new members who aren’t skilled in the arts of Tor, the group hopes the sites...

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Business

Flywheel Helps Cabs in War Against Uber

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

Much of the argument in favor of Uber, when not indulging in disgusting tirades against people earning tips as part of their living, has to do with the ease of use that Uber provides by comparison to taxi companies. The user is not required to talk to anyone on the phone, can pay easily by credit card (which is also the case in major...

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Opinion

If You’re Worried About Robots Taking Your Job, Maybe You’re An Idiot

Posted on October 26th, 2015.

It’s true. Let’s face it. If you can’t do things beyond the capacity of a robot, you’re probably an idiot. Fear of a robot planet litters the artistic record. For instance, in his first novel, Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut paints a dystopia that is nearly completely mechanized. In this near-feature, there is no need for human laborers. The...

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Opinion

Facebook Admits to Draining Phone Batteries

Posted on October 23rd, 2015.

Ordinarily, bug fixes are welcomed, but now and then, someone needs blame. In Facebook’s mobile app version, this is the case. The company has a market capitalization of nearly 300 billion dollars. It would seem that they could get their act together in regards to mobile applications. Ostensibly, that’s what they’ve...

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Opinion

Half-Measures? Facebook Warning Users of State Sponsored Attacks

Posted on October 19th, 2015.

In perhaps a subtle stab at the NSA and other surveillance agencies, Facebook has joined Google in informing users when it suspects they are being victimized by state-sponsored hacking. Users who fall into this category will now receive a warning when they login to Facebook along with information regarding “approved logins,” a form of...

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Communication

WikiLeaks: TPP Could Change White Hat Hacking As We Know It

Posted on October 14th, 2015.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most comprehensive, far-reaching treaty in the 21st century. Its implications are onerous at the very best, and many from all corners of the Internet have pointed out that the agreement, which is now many years in the making, could effectively eliminate sovereignty. Cue the conspiracy theories about a...

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Artificial Intelligence

The Possibilities and the Future of Brain Hacking

Posted on October 9th, 2015.

For all of man’s scientific and technological advances, the human brain largely remains a mystery. A new Vimeo video, “Master/Mind,” examines the state of research on the human mind and the questions that scientists, ethicists, futurists and others are asking in light of what we’re learning about the mind. The video, a...

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Op-Ed

Apple Trolls vs Fanboys: Fanning the Flames (Op-Ed)

Posted on August 7th, 2015.

Apple trolls and fanboys alike are both fanning the flames of the publicity which keeps them in the news. For as long as Apple has been a major player in tech, no other tech corporation has provoked nearly as much conversation. But most flame wars have been focused on disinformation espoused by both sides, and as the saying goes, no news...

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Opinion

Do New Images Show Dick Cheney a Bit Too Relaxed on September 11th, 2001?

Posted on July 25th, 2015.

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you weren’t old enough to vote when the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were struck down on September 11th, 2001. An event that caused a tectonic shift in US foreign policy and led to two US engagements in the Middle East (Iraq and Afghanistan) – followed by proxy...

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Artificial Intelligence

SETI Could Find Super-Intelligent Robots, Warns Astronomer Royal

Posted on July 24th, 2015.

British cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees believes that machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will inherit the Earth – and the stars. He is also persuaded that advanced aliens could be inconceivably different from life as we know it, as different from us as we are from a bacterium.

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Information

New York Court Rejects Facebook Bid to Stop Search Warrants

Posted on July 22nd, 2015.

As it stands now, it is crystal clear that Facebook Inc. has failed in its bid to stop the biggest search warrant ever received by the company. This came to fruition as a result of a court ruling in New York. The ruling has the potential of mitigating the volume of information social media sites relay to law enforcement agencies in the...

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Business

Escort Classifieds Provider Backpage Sues Chicago Sheriff

Posted on July 22nd, 2015.

You’re a sheriff, and you want a way to end something that’s not illegal, a classifieds website. You only have so many options in a country which guarantees free speech. Thomas Dart is just such a sheriff, in America’s second-most populated county, Cook County, Illinois, which encompasses Chicago. Last year, 292 out of...

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Communication

ProxyHam Will Never See the Light of Day

Posted on July 13th, 2015.

Readers may remember the ProxyHam device described last week, which was to be presented at DefCon on Friday. The device would enable a user to be a great distance away from a WiFi access point, and then utilize Tor and other masking services, to make it incredibly difficult to actually locate someone connecting to the Internet through...

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Lifestyle

Who Will Be The Online Music King?

Posted on July 7th, 2015.

If free music online is dying, which in some ways it seems to be, with the death of Grooveshark and continual offensives against pirates. There are still some other methods, such as YouTube or Spotify, but both involve more advertising than Grooveshark ever did. So, in this atmosphere, the musical arms of a lot of technological companies...