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Documents reveal how Russia taps phone companies for surveillance

Documents reveal how Russia taps phone companies for surveillance In cities across Russia, large boxes in locked rooms are directly connected to the networks of some of the country’s largest phone and internet companies. These unsuspecting boxes, some the size of a washing machine, house equipment that gives the Russian security services […]

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The MIT Media Lab controversy and getting back to ‘radical courage’, with Media Lab student Arwa Mboya

The MIT Media Lab controversy and getting back to ‘radical courage’, with Media Lab student Arwa Mboya People win prestigious prizes in tech all the time, but there is something different about The Bold Prize. Unless you’ve been living under a literal or proverbial rock, you’ve probably heard something about the late […]

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How the Valley can get philanthropy right with former Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest

How the Valley can get philanthropy right with former Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest Paul Brest didn’t set out to transform philanthropy. A constitutional law scholar who clerked for Supreme Court Justice John Harlan and is credited with coining the term “originalism,” Brest spent twelve years as dean of Stanford Law School. […]

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Hubble spots liquid water on a ‘super-Earth’ 110 light-years away

Hubble spots liquid water on a ‘super-Earth’ 110 light-years away Water is not uncommon to find in our galaxy in ice or gaseous form, but liquid water is quite rare — and liquid and gaseous water on an Earth-like exoplanet? That’s never been observed… until now. Astronomers spotted this celestial unicorn, called […]

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Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy

Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy Brexit looks set to further sink the already battered reputation of tracking cookies after a Buzzfeed report yesterday revealed what appears to be a plan by the UK’s minority government to use official government websites to harvest personal data on UK citizens for targeting purposes. […]

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FDA says Juul ‘ignored the law’ and warns it may take action

FDA says Juul ‘ignored the law’ and warns it may take action The Food and Drug Administration has put vaping giant Juul on notice with a pair of letters calling the company out for misleading statements about its products and ongoing targeting of teens. It is demanding written answers to a boatload […]

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International students face immigration hurdles under Trump

International students face immigration hurdles under Trump Xiao Wang Contributor Xiao Wang is CEO at Boundless, a technology startup that has helped thousands of immigrant families apply for marriage green cards and U.S. citizenship while providing affordable access to independent immigration attorneys. More posts by this contributor Which immigration headlines should you […]

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After Epstein, it’s time for the Valley to find a moral view on capital

After Epstein, it’s time for the Valley to find a moral view on capital Is capital moral or amoral? In the predominant view held in Silicon Valley today, capital is amoral — cash is cash, and regardless of where it comes from, once it leaves the hand of its investor or donor, […]

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Teaching ethics in computer science the right way with Georgia Tech’s Charles Isbell

Teaching ethics in computer science the right way with Georgia Tech’s Charles Isbell The new fall semester is upon us, and at elite private colleges and universities, it’s hard to find a trendier major than Computer Science. It’s also becoming more common for such institutions to prioritize integrating ethics into their CS […]

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OpenGov acquires ViewPoint Cloud, adding building codes and permitting to its platform

OpenGov acquires ViewPoint Cloud, adding building codes and permitting to its platform In the same week that it announced a $51 million round of funding, OpenGov — the startup that provides SaaS software designed to help governments and other civic organizations run their operations — is announcing an acquisition to expand the […]

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