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John Markoff

Thursday, March 12, 2009

John Markoff has been covering computer technology for the New York Times since 1988. In this interview he explains how he discovered the identity of the author of the Internet's first worm. He also did in-depth coverage of one of the most infamous hackers of the ...

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Richard Clarke

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Richard Clarke served as special advisory to President Bush on cyber-security and is now a security consultant and author. His novel Breakpoint describes a frightening cyber-attack scenario and in this extended interview he argues it's not so far-fetched.

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Boxed In

Friday, February 27, 2009

Last week Boxee, a company whose new software makes it easier than ever to watch internet video, was ordered by Hulu to stop using their content. Journalist Paul Smalera says this won't be the last shot fired in the battle for TV-internet convergence.

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Prescription Stimulants

Friday, February 13, 2009

Among those who disagree with the particulars of the stimulus plan is a public policy group called Free Press, which said that 44 billion dollars should be allocated to broadband internet alone to get us competitive with the rest of the developed world, as opposed to the six billion now ...

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Growing Up Online

Friday, January 30, 2009

A whole generation of children has grown up connected to the Internet. Berkman Center for Internet & Society director John Palfry calls these kids “digital natives.” Palfrey argues in his book Born Digital that they see the world in a profoundly different way than the ...

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Blackberry Jungle

Friday, January 23, 2009

When President Obama won his fight on Thursday to keep his beloved Blackberry, White House communications leapt headlong into the 21st century. But technology and open-government expert Ari Schwartz says that with technological progress comes great responsibility.

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Bodies of Evidence

Friday, January 23, 2009

Is taking naked pictures of yourself a crime? If you’re a minor, some judges say yes. Cyber-crime specialist Mark Rasch explains how the combination of teenagers and technology creates a challenge for current child pornography laws.

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Peer to Peer

Friday, January 23, 2009

Last year, 49 state attorneys general created The Internet Safety Technical Task Force to study the problem of how to keep kids safer online. A year later, the task force's findings have caused some controversy. Namely that the biggest threat to kids on the internet ...

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Changing Platforms

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Obama administration has big plans for the internet, but Wired contributor Evan Ratliff says having a Web 2.0 presidency may not be easy. Antiquated computer systems, unruly comments and federal statutes could present some technical difficulties.

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One Click Disclosure

Friday, January 16, 2009

Government spending data has long been publicly available but it's never been easier to find and interpret. That's thanks to USAspending.gov, a site created by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 which was sponsored by Tom Coburn and Barack Obama. The Sunlight Foundation's ...

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Cloud Atlas

Friday, January 09, 2009

Once, your computer was a box you loaded with stuff that you had to buy and maintain. Increasingly, your computer is a doorway that simply gives you access to a wealth of free services, software and storage on the web – what’s known as ‘cloud computing.’ Nicholas Carr, ...

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Porn's Fine Lines

Friday, December 26, 2008

If no children were harmed in the making, is it still kiddie porn? Cartoon defender Charles Brownstein says it's a danger to artistic freedom to criminalize lines on paper, but child-safety advocate Mary Leary says allowing explicit drawings of children presents a threat to the safety of real-life kids.

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Click to Agree

Friday, December 05, 2008

So one of the jurors in the MySpace trial reads every terms of service agreement she encounters, but does anyone else? And if not, why not? New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann explains why companies have them and why we think we can ignore them.

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The New Hacker

Friday, December 05, 2008

Last week, a jury in the MySpace suicide case found Lori Drew guilty of violating the site's "terms of service agreement" and that, they said, made her a hacker. The Berkman Center's Christopher Soghoian says according to the agreements on many popular ...

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

Friday, November 21, 2008

For Netflix, and a host of other online companies, being able to recommend another film, book or song you might like has become the holy grail of Internet business. As the New York Times Magazine’s Clive Thompson explains, the information is so valuable that ...

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Net Routes

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Barack Obama campaign's winning web strategy employed the latest in social networking to create a highly efficient update of old-fashioned politicking. Marshall Ganz designed the field-organizer and volunteer training systems that turned Obama's campaign volunteers into organizational leaders.

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Virtual Vice

Friday, October 03, 2008

Are social networking sites now more popular than porn? Why do Viagra searches spike after the Superbowl? Bill Tancer, author of Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters, did the research.

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Hulu Hoopla

Friday, October 03, 2008

In just 5 months, the website Hulu has become one of the top destinations on the web for full episodes of network television shows. And unlike most other video sites, Hulu is legal. CEO Jason Kilar explains why his approach to content and advertising is the ...

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The Calculated Risk of Blogging

Friday, October 03, 2008

Every time bloggers hit publish they risk being sued for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy or defamation. While the risk seems small, groups like the Media Bloggers Association say frivolous lawsuits are chilling free speech in the blogosphere. So MBA founder Robert Cox has helped start ...

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Tapping the Net

Friday, September 19, 2008

In the old era of land lines and copper wires, eavesdropping was a cinch. But more and more we’re making calls online, making it harder for governments to listen in. Of course, it doesn’t mean they’re not trying. Sun Microsystems engineer Susan Landau wrote about the brave new ...

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