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Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state – TechCrunch

Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state – TechCrunch It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivity enabling …

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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming …

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UK says Russia’s GRU was behind a spate of chaotic cyber attacks between 2015 and 2017 – TechCrunch

UK says Russia’s GRU was behind a spate of chaotic cyber attacks between 2015 and 2017 – TechCrunch The UK has directly accused Russia’s military intelligence agency of being behind a number of cyber attacks that took place between 2015 and 2017, calling them “indiscriminate and reckless” with a range …

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Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic – TechCrunch

Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic – TechCrunch Creating unbiased, accurate algorithms isn’t impossible — it’s just time consuming. “It actually is mathematically possible,” facial recognition startup Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen told me on a panel at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Algorithms are sets of rules that computers follow in order …

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China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers – TechCrunch

China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers – TechCrunch There are few stories as important right now as the internet being ripped asunder by the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China. Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Alphabet, said last week at a private event in San Francisco …

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Trump’s new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons – TechCrunch

Trump’s new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons – TechCrunch The Trump administration’s new cyber strategy out this week isn’t much more than a stringing together of previously considered ideas. In the 40-page document, the government set out its plans to improve cybersecurity, incentivizing change, and reforming …

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Facebook pilots new political campaign security tools — just 50 days before Election Day – TechCrunch

Facebook pilots new political campaign security tools — just 50 days before Election Day – TechCrunch Facebook has rolled out a “pilot” program of new security tools for political campaigns — just weeks before millions of Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections. The social networking giant said …

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UK warns of satellite and space program problems in case of Brexit ‘no deal’ – TechCrunch

UK warns of satellite and space program problems in case of Brexit ‘no deal’ – TechCrunch The UK government says that access to satellites and space surveillance programs will suffer in the event of a “no deal” departure from the European Union . Britain has less than six months to …

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UK’s mass surveillance regime violated human rights law, finds ECHR – TechCrunch

UK’s mass surveillance regime violated human rights law, finds ECHR – TechCrunch The complaints in this case were lodged prior to the UK legislating for a new surveillance regime, the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, so in coming to a judgement the Chamber was considering the oversight regime at the time …

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Watchdog says 2020 Census systems are riddled with security flaws – TechCrunch

Watchdog says 2020 Census systems are riddled with security flaws – TechCrunch With a census just two years away, the Census Bureau has a cybersecurity problem. That’s a key takeaway from the congressional watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, which oversees the government’s spending. In a new report published Thursday, the …

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