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Silicon Valley’s Hottest Email App Raises Ethical Questions About the Future of Email

Silicon Valley app gets hype, money, attention and then gets exposed for privacy violations packaged as killer features. It’s a movie we’ve seen before, this time played at rapid speed.

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Internet Shutdowns Are Now Just Another Weapon in the Dictator’s Arsenal

Last month, two high-ranking Ethiopian officials were murdered in an attempted coup. The consequences of the murders quickly rippled out into cyberspace, a bloody illustration of the diverging lines between the internet and the physical world.

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Face Recognition Surveillance Banned by Second American City

One day after the biggest police body camera manufacturer in America banned the use of face recognition technology, Somerville, Massachusetts became the second city in the United States to ban the tech after San Francisco broke new ground with a ban last month, Vice reported.

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Trump White House Reportedly Debating Encryption Policy Behind Closed Doors

The latest chapter of a largely behind-the-scenes encryption fight unfolded on Wednesday when Trump administration officials held a National Security Council meeting focused on the challenges and benefits of encryption, according to a report in Politico.

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America’s Biggest Police Body-Cam Manufacturer Bans Face Recognition Surveillance—for Now

Axon, America’s biggest police body camera manufacturer, is currently banning the use of face recognition technology in its products after its independent ethics board said Thursday that the “technology is not yet reliable enough to justify its use on body-worn cameras” due to “unequal and unreliable performance…

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American Companies Are Reportedly Finding Ways to Sell to Huawei Again

The Trump administration banned the sale of American technology to the Chinese tech giant Huawei in May but U.S. companies including Intel and Micron are selling computers chips to Huawei once again, according to a report in the New York Times.

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Elizabeth Warren Wants to Create a New Agency to Fix America’s Laughable Election Security

Presidential candidate and professional plan-haver Elizabeth Warren just proposed an overhaul of American elections touching on improved cybersecurity and opening access to voting. The crux of the senator’s plan is to vastly strengthen federal oversight of federal elections from start to finish with the money and…

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