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The Biometric Threat

[Social] The Biometric Threat by Jayati Ghosh Posted April 3, 2020 As with so many other convenient technologies, the world is underestimating the risks associated with biometric identification systems. India has learned about those risks the hard way – and should...

The Superorganism That Created the Pandemic

[Social] The Superorganism That Created the Pandemic By Gaia Vince Posted April 1, 2020 Humans do not operate within their ecosystems in the same way as other species, even other top-level predators. We don’t have an ecological niche, but rather we dominate and alter...

How to be anonymous in the age of surveillance

[Social] How to be anonymous in the age of surveillance By Melissa Hellmann Posted March 31, 2020 Cory Doctorow’s sunglasses are seemingly ordinary. But they are far from it when seen on security footage, where his face is transformed into a glowing white orb. At his...

What does Google know about me?

[Social] What does Google know about me? by Gabriel Weinberg Posted March 30, 2020 Did you know when you search on Google, they keep your search history forever? That means they know every search you’ve ever done on Google. That alone is pretty scary, but it’s just...

How the Pandemic Will End

[Community] [Social] How the Pandemic Will End by Ed Yong Posted March 30, 2020 Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not....