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Algorithmic cruelty

With its special end-of-year message, Facebook wants to show you, over and over, what your year “looked like”; in Eric Meyer’s case, the photo was of his daughter, who died this year: “For those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year.” Read the rest

At the close of 2013, we made a wish for the upcoming year: With revelations of the NSA’s unlawful and unjust data interception programs snooping on much of the critical infrastructure of the Internet still fresh in our minds, one of our bigholiday wishes was for 2014 to be the year of web encryption. And as a part of this effort we built the Encrypt the Web Report: a way to keep track of how well web companies and services are doing to encrypt their traffic.



Experts Are Still Divided on Whether North Korea Is Behind Sony Attack

We examine the evidence for an against North Korea as the nation-state cyber attacker in the Sony case, and explore whether it’s likely the U.S. was behind cutting off its internet.

Father Christmas has begun his annual flight from the North Pole to deliver gifts to everyone on the Nice List but which Santa Tracker is best at following him as he makes his epic journey?

If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use. But In July, Yahoo researchers came up with an approach that could change that.

Nearly one year before Sony was hacked, the FBI warned that U.S. companies were facing potentially crippling data destruction malware attacks, and predicted that such a hack could cause irreparable harm to a firm’s reputation, or even spell the end of the company entirely.  The FBI also detailed specific guidance for U.S companies to follow to prepare and plan for such an attack.

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