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Amazon isn’t just listening to you; it’s letting others spy on you too.

Next to the U.S. military, the most trusted institution in America is Amazon. According to a Harvard/Harris Poll done in June 2021, 71% of the public has a favorable or very favorable view of the giant company, ahead of the police, the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI and the…

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Headset, check. Robotic gloves, check. Full body Metaverse suit… not yet, but don’t rule it out.

When Facebook pulled its PR stunt (sorry, restructuring) and rebranded itself as Meta, it announced that it would spend over $10 billion to make the Metaverse a reality. Well, a virtual reality. Sigh. You…

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This summer, the Lithuanian government went public with an astounding finding. A Xiaomi phone sold in Europe — the Mi 10T 5G — could censor approximately 450 words and phrases, it said. The blocklist wasn’t active, but could be activated remotely. …

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More than 200 years ago a group of people defied the all-powerful United Kingdom and made history. Today, standing on the shoulders of those giants but looking into the future, another group of people plans to go down in history.

In 1787, America’s founding fathers gathered in the Philadelphia convention…

Illustration of a satellite breaking up, via the European Space Agency

Back in 1978, the astrophysicist Donald Kessler made an alarming prediction: Space junk could wreck our ability to keep satellites aloft.

In a fascinating paper, Kessler noted that “low earth orbit” — a region between 99 miles and 1,200 miles up — was getting pretty crowded. In 1978 there were…

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In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, a disembodied voice tells Kevin Costner to build a baseball field where he’d normally plant crops “and they will come.” Not to spoil the movie, but Costner is building the ballfield for the ghosts of a Chicago Black Sox team and, more importantly…

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Your treadmill is likely spying on you. That’s one of the most surprising conclusions of the Mozilla Foundation’s 2021 Privacy Not Included report, which was released this morning. For the report, the Mozilla Foundation’s researchers spent over 950 hours poring over the privacy policies, data gathering procedures, and hardware capabilities…

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In simpler times, we never had to consider a loved one’s privacy when gift buying.

But as technology has continued its high-speed advance and growth at all costs mentality, many companies and the products they create have long been skirting adequate data and privacy protection, leaving users at risk. What…

From 1811–1816, a secret society styling themselves “the Luddites” smashed textile machinery in the mills of England. Today, we use “Luddite” as a pejorative referring to backwards, anti-technology reactionaries.

Proving that history really is written by the winners.

In truth, the Luddites’ cause wasn’t the destruction of technology — no…

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