The U.S. Army Is Using a Chatbot to Recruit New Soldiers

He hasn't served in any military campaigns. He's never won a medal. Heck, he's not even alive. But to millions of people, Sgt. Star, the Army's recruitment chatbot, is one of the most recognizable soldiers in America. And he's gathering a lot of personal data. » 4/18/14 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

Pulitzer Prize Is First Official Vindication of NSA Whistleblower

The most prestigious award for journalism in the United States, the Pulitzer Prize, went this year to reporters who covered leaked documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. This award signals official recognition of the social good that grew out of Snowden's leaks. » 4/14/14 3:22pm Monday 3:22pm

Surveillance must become "too expensive" before we have privacy

NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden gave his longest speech since his revelations last year, in a conversation at the South by Soutwest Interactive conference in Austin today. One of his key refrains was that citizens need encryption technology to make it too expensive to do bulk spying. » 3/10/14 11:36am 3/10/14 11:36am

This lecture is the one primer you need on NSA surveillance technology

We know that the NSA has been monitoring millions of calls made in the United States. But what are they doing with that data? And how do they analyze it? Find out everything you need to know in this incredible lecture from Princeton computer science professor and government technology adviser Ed Felten. » 2/28/14 5:05pm 2/28/14 5:05pm

Man receives the creepiest letter ever from OfficeMax

It sounds like something out of a horror movie. Mike Seay, whose daughter died last year in a car accident, received a piece of junk mail from Office Max addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed In Car Crash." How did OfficeMax have this information? The more he investigated, the more the story became science fiction. » 1/22/14 5:37pm 1/22/14 5:37pm

Read this if you want the internet to live

In a somewhat obscure legal ruling, a judge has declared that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission does not have the power to prevent network carriers like AT&T from regulating the content that goes over their wires. Here's why this could mean the infopocalypse. » 1/15/14 3:07pm 1/15/14 3:07pm

Did Neal Stephenson predict the NSA spying on World of Warcraft?

New leaked documents from Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA and British intelligence have been spying on people in World of Warcraft and other online games. And Neal Stephenson's epic spy novel REAMDE predicted this whole mess back in 2011. » 12/10/13 6:28pm 12/10/13 6:28pm

The Greatest Soviet Propaganda Posters Ever

We've seen some space propaganda, anti-alcohol posters, and even anti-Communist political propaganda. And now, we present the very best, in high resolution, ready for your desktop. The revolution marches on, comrades! » 11/14/13 3:09pm 11/14/13 3:09pm

Want to be safe from the NSA's prying eyes? Here are some tips.

Every day, we get new revelations from the Snowden Files that suggest the NSA has been spying on pretty much everybody's activities online. Now computer security expert Bruce Schneier has written up a few tips on how to make sure you're not one of the people they're watching. » 9/05/13 3:35pm 9/05/13 3:35pm