The Anti-Vaccine Movement Should Be Ridiculed, Because Shame Works

The best way to win a debate is to present your facts in a clear, respectful way. When that doesn't work, another option is incessant ridicule. Here's why we have to use shame if we want to stop the anti-vaccine movement. » 2/06/15 2:05pm 2/06/15 2:05pm

The CIA Explains How to Avoid a Secondary Search in Airports

Worried you'll be singled out for the hassle and humiliation of a secondary screening at the airport when traveling to another country? Wikileaks has published a leaked document from the CIA that explains what makes agents give travelers a hard time — and how you can prevent it. » 12/22/14 10:21am 12/22/14 10:21am

The Rise of Global Trade Cities That Operate Outside the Law

It's not the Illuminati, but there is a New World Order cropping up all around us — if we're willing to look closer and see. » 12/16/14 12:05pm 12/16/14 12:05pm

This man could be the future of the internet. Over at the New York Times, there's an interesting profile of Lu Wei, China's "Internet czar." That means he's the guy who regulates the so-called Great Firewall of China, determining which western services and apps make it to Chinese users. That is an incredible amount of… » 12/02/14 4:40pm 12/02/14 4:40pm

You Shouldn't Be Surprised that Obama Supports Net Neutrality

During his tenure in office, Obama has earned a reputation for hemming and hawing. But there was no sign of that in the video he released today, where he came down hard in favor of net neutrality and gave ISPs the presidential middle finger. Why now? Because it's a rare no-lose scenario for the White House. » 11/10/14 1:40pm 11/10/14 1:40pm

How To Get Public Opinion On Your Side

A study in the 1970s shows that people in groups tend to make riskier decisions and take more extreme views than they would alone. Here's how to defuse that group dynamic when it's not on your side. » 10/28/14 7:20am 10/28/14 7:20am

Scientists Have Found an Algorithm That Could Turn Us All Into Sheeple

By studying the behavior of sheep dogs, scientists have come close to unraveling a mystery that stretches back millennia. How do these dogs get their sheep to go in one direction? The surprisingly complex answer could affect the way we deal with human crowds, too. » 8/28/14 12:30pm 8/28/14 12:30pm

Chinese Government Tries to Quell Unrest with an Animated Princess

Uighers are an ethnic minority in western China, largely Muslim, who have been protesting the Chinese government for its discriminatory policies against them over the past several years. Now the Chinese government hopes to appease the protesters with a bizarre princess story. » 8/27/14 4:11pm 8/27/14 4:11pm

Here's What Your 1.1 Million Comments On Net Neutrality Look Like

When the Federal Communications Commission asked the public to send their views on network neutrality, it got an earful. The response was so huge that the deadline was extended due to technical problems. Those comments were recently published online as a 1.4 GB file, and NPR has posted this visualization of what they… » 8/12/14 1:40pm 8/12/14 1:40pm

Thought crimes could prevent you from getting help to cover your medical bills. A woman who needed money to help pay for a dangerous skin condition found that her online fundraising site was demolished, and her money taken away, after she tweeted about pornography. » 5/20/14 1:04pm 5/20/14 1:04pm

Woman Beaten to Death After Being Accused of Witchcraft on Facebook

At last Facebook has brought us back to the middle ages, just as we knew it would. A woman in the Brazilian city Guarujá, near São Paolo, was beaten to death last week after Facebook rumors circulated that she was a witch. » 5/12/14 3:16pm 5/12/14 3:16pm

The Internet Is About to Become Worse Than Television

Last week, an obscure but potentially internet-transforming document was leaked from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. It revealed that government regulators are considering rules that would give big companies a chance to make their online services run faster than smaller ones. » 4/29/14 4:17pm 4/29/14 4:17pm

In Iran, Medical Authorities Say Government Censorship Causes Cancer

For years, Iran has been blocking foreign television channels. Now, the country's medical community is convinced that these electronic countermeasures are responsible for a growing number of cancer cases—and their concerns recently received support from a Grand Ayatollah. » 4/24/14 1:40pm 4/24/14 1:40pm

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 4/18/14 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 4/14/14 3:22pm

Here's An Easy Way to Find Out About U.S. Government Spying Projects

A lot of the most bizarre and invasive surveillance technologies that the U.S. government uses to track its citizens are not secret. In fact, you can find out about a lot of these projects as they're being developed, just by knowing what to search for on U.S. government websites. » 4/07/14 12:59pm 4/07/14 12:59pm

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

How to solve the problem of NSA surveillance

Leave it to the folks at Abstruse Goose to deliver one of the most tragicomically honest observations on the current state of NSA surveillance. » 3/08/14 1:37pm 3/08/14 1:37pm

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