Karl Bode

voting

Ignoring Security Experts, Washington State Eyes Voting by Smartphone

Security experts still widely agree that online voting can’t be adequately secured or transparently audited. Yet the siren song of 'easier voting' appears irresistible.
Karl Bode
1.23.20
privacy

What Are Third-Party Internet Cookies, and Why Is Google Killing Them?

Killing the cookie might be a good first step in finally respecting consumer privacy. But when it comes to fixing what ails the modern internet, it’s a drop in the bucket.
Karl Bode
1.20.20
Internet Archive

Archivists Are Saving the History of Internet Piracy

The goal is to create a catalog of more than 5 terabytes of searchable, piracy-related metadata.
Karl Bode
12.14.19
SURVEILLANCE

Toys “R” Us Pivots From Teddy Bears to Surveillance

The once loved toy giant could have simply died a quiet death. Instead it has been co-opted and transformed into a private equity surveillance project.
Karl Bode
12.12.19
Internet

Don't Freak Out About YouTube's Updated Terms of Service. They Were Always Bad.

Experts say the changes won’t impact most users, but they do highlight how your rights are steadily being eroded by fine print.
Karl Bode
11.12.19
Hacking

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant Can Be Hacked Remotely With Lasers

The attack highlights a vulnerability in “smart” assistant microphones that can be targeted from up to 350 feet away using lasers.
Karl Bode
11.6.19
Internet

There’s Too Many Damn Streaming Services, Study Finds

The entertainment industry risks annoying consumers with too many exclusives at too high a price point, another study has found.
Karl Bode
11.5.19
AI

Watch This Humanoid Robot Hand Solve a Rubik’s Cube

The efforts are paving the way for robots that can solve complex mechanical problems in the real world.
Karl Bode
10.16.19
Games News

This Real Time Strategy Game Is Just 13 Kilobytes

The Js13kGames competition challenges game developers to create teeny, tiny games in Javascript.
Karl Bode
9.27.19
phones

Phones Don't Give You Horns, Says Journal That Claimed Phones Give You Horns

They weren’t horns. And they weren’t caused by cell phones. Other than that, good job, everybody.
Karl Bode
9.26.19
Internet of Things

The Internet of Things Is Still a Privacy Dumpster Fire, Study Finds

Biggest IoT study ever finds “smart” devices hoover up a universe of user behavior data and share it with a laundry list of global third parties, frequently with little transparency to the end user.
Karl Bode
9.23.19
SURVEILLANCE

This Interactive Map Tracks Our Growing Surveillance State

A new database showcases which areas are investing heavily in surveillance technology, though data remains scarce on how that data is used or abused.
Karl Bode
9.12.19
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