Facebook vows to be transparent, and yet the Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered that the company is hiding all the ways that it blocks access in the United States, on behalf of law enforcement.
Police used facial recognition technology to scan the faces of thousands of attendees at the Download music festival in the UK without their knowledge. Because this is the world we live in.
The best way to win a debate is to present your facts in a clear, respectful way. When that doesn't work, another option is incessant ridicule. Here's why we have to use shame if we want to stop the anti-vaccine movement.
Worried you'll be singled out for the hassle and humiliation of a secondary screening at the airport when traveling to another country? Wikileaks has published a leaked document from the CIA that explains what makes agents give travelers a hard time — and how you can prevent it.
It's not the Illuminati, but there is a New World Order cropping up all around us — if we're willing to look closer and see.
This man could be the future of the internet. Over at the New York Times, there's an interesting profile of Lu Wei, China's "Internet czar." That means he's the guy who regulates the so-called Great Firewall of China, determining which western services and apps make it to Chinese users. That is an incredible amount of…
During his tenure in office, Obama has earned a reputation for hemming and hawing. But there was no sign of that in the video he released today, where he came down hard in favor of net neutrality and gave ISPs the presidential middle finger. Why now? Because it's a rare no-lose scenario for the White House.
A study in the 1970s shows that people in groups tend to make riskier decisions and take more extreme views than they would alone. Here's how to defuse that group dynamic when it's not on your side.
By studying the behavior of sheep dogs, scientists have come close to unraveling a mystery that stretches back millennia. How do these dogs get their sheep to go in one direction? The surprisingly complex answer could affect the way we deal with human crowds, too.
Uighers are an ethnic minority in western China, largely Muslim, who have been protesting the Chinese government for its discriminatory policies against them over the past several years. Now the Chinese government hopes to appease the protesters with a bizarre princess story.
When the Federal Communications Commission asked the public to send their views on network neutrality, it got an earful. The response was so huge that the deadline was extended due to technical problems. Those comments were recently published online as a 1.4 GB file, and NPR has posted this visualization of what they…
Thought crimes could prevent you from getting help to cover your medical bills. A woman who needed money to help pay for a dangerous skin condition found that her online fundraising site was demolished, and her money taken away, after she tweeted about pornography.
At last Facebook has brought us back to the middle ages, just as we knew it would. A woman in the Brazilian city Guarujá, near São Paolo, was beaten to death last week after Facebook rumors circulated that she was a witch.
Last week, an obscure but potentially internet-transforming document was leaked from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. It revealed that government regulators are considering rules that would give big companies a chance to make their online services run faster than smaller ones.
For years, Iran has been blocking foreign television channels. Now, the country's medical community is convinced that these electronic countermeasures are responsible for a growing number of cancer cases—and their concerns recently received support from a Grand Ayatollah.
He hasn't served in any military campaigns. He's never won a medal. Heck, he's not even alive. But to millions of people, Sgt. Star, the Army's recruitment chatbot, is one of the most recognizable soldiers in America. And he's gathering a lot of personal data.
The most prestigious award for journalism in the United States, the Pulitzer Prize, went this year to reporters who covered leaked documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. This award signals official recognition of the social good that grew out of Snowden's leaks.
A lot of the most bizarre and invasive surveillance technologies that the U.S. government uses to track its citizens are not secret. In fact, you can find out about a lot of these projects as they're being developed, just by knowing what to search for on U.S. government websites.
NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden gave his longest speech since his revelations last year, in a conversation at the South by Soutwest Interactive conference in Austin today. One of his key refrains was that citizens need encryption technology to make it too expensive to do bulk spying.