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The 24-Hour Athenian Democracy
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The 24-Hour Athenian Democracy

"I'm aware of your need to stay anonymous, but I have to be able to describe the scope of this movement. Can any of you tell me where you're typing from?"

Assange's 'Poison Pill' File Impossible to Stop, Expert Says
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Assange's 'Poison Pill' File Impossible to Stop, Expert Says

The Poison Pill. The Doomsday Files. Or simply, The Insurance.

From ACM News

Gov't Crackdown Spurs Initiatives to Route Around Dns

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial
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With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial

In a world that is always on camera, the centuries-old courtroom experience is becoming a lot more complicated.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.

Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms
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Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms

Technology companies on Wednesday received troubling news that some had feared for years: Intellectual Ventures LLC has started suing.

Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue
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Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue

A member of the Anonymous group of hackers, which has been targeting firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the campaign is not over.

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer to analyze Internet traffic, looking for clues that will lead law enforcement officers...

From ACM News

Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks

A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks,...

Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks
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Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become...

From ACM News

Suit to Snuff Out 'history Sniffing' Takes Aim at Tracking Web ­sers

A lawsuit filed last Friday for alleged use of "history sniffing," a method for surreptitiously detecting what websites a person has visited, is the latest to...

From ACM News

How Can Online Advertising Companies Be Kept from Tracking Web Surfers?

The FTC is calling for "do not track" software, but one privacy and security expert said such programming would have to be incorporated into a browser for it...

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web
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Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web

As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top...

Rear-View Cameras on Cars Could Become Mandatory
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Rear-View Cameras on Cars Could Become Mandatory

The government has proposed requiring automakers to install the systems on all their vehicles to eliminate blind spots and reduce back-over accidents.

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WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks

An American provider of Internet domain names withdrew its service to the WikiLeaks Web site late Thursday after a barrage of attacks by hackers threatened to...

Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules
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Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski recently previewed new Net neutrality rules designed to preserve the Web "as a platform...

From ACM News

Media in China, Arab Middle East Suppressing Wikileaks Coverage

Revelations by the organization WikiLeaks have received blanket coverage this week on television, in newspapers and on Web sites around the globe. But in parts...

From ACM TechNews

FCC Chairman to Propose Plan For Net Neutrality

U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski will announce a plan Wednesday (Dec. 1) that prevents Internet service providers from favoring...

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth
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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel...
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