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Trump Administration Elevates US Cyber Command

Between Russian meddling in multiple democratic elections, massive Chinese data exfiltration from troves like the US Office of Personnel Management, and out-of-control ransomware spreading from North Korea, nation-state cyber-aggression has become markedly more prominent in recent years. That escalation provides the backdrop for a new Trump administration directive to elevate …

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Yes, Expose the Neo-Nazis. Then Recruit Them Back to Humanity

Last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, showed the ugliest face of white nationalism in the United States. That racism is a problem—in both its structural and personal forms—shouldn’t surprise anyone. But even if you knew that virulent hate groups existed, they’re fringe enough that most Americans have never spoken to …

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Charlottesville, HBO Hacks, and More Security News This Week

The terrible events of Charlottesville, VA, last weekend caused several parties to reevaluate. The so-called alt-right attempted to disown the rally online despite promoting it heavily in advance. Tech companies finally used some of the tools at their disposal to tamp down white supremacy. Historically neutral internet services company Cloudflare …

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Would It Be Better If Men Couldn't Vote?

Science fiction often shows us ways society could be different in the future. One recent example is John Kessel’s novel The Moon and the Other, which presents a fresh take on the idea of a matriarchal society. “I imagine this society called the Society of Cousins on the moon that …

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Twitter DMs should be turned into a proper messaging app

I know Twitter these days can feel like an endless litany of commentary on the actions (and omissions) of the US president and the whirlwind of social discord that swirls in his wake as chaotically as his signature hairstyle. And I’m fully aware that the internet already has a surplus …

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