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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Real Time Strategy Game Is Just 13 Kilobytes
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.
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.
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.