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Cash-strapped governments are turning to tech that converts cameras into automated license plate readers to penalize uninsured drivers

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Illustration: Taylor Le

Government-mandated drone surveillance and location tracking apps could be here to stay

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Big Technology

The government is more likely to invest in the tech giants than break them up

The Digital Service Academy would compete with Stanford and MIT

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Returning to the most successful Young Adult dystopia of the 21st Century in a time of unprecedented crisis

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General Intelligence

The most important A.I. developments of the week

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From Twitter’s spies to complete shutdowns, repressive regimes are using A.I. and VPN fingerprinting to silence their critics

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Cities across the United States are exploring online games as a way of engaging citizens. But being a citizen isn’t the same thing as being a gamer.

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Clumsy decisions made by software are leading to calls for automation to be audited

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