The breakthrough could lead to the creation of digital archives, storing everything from ancient texts to Wikipedia pages in DNA form that could survive for hundreds of thousands of years without the loss of any data. Continue reading
A new report from Pew Research Center shows that a majority of Americans don’t trust the government, but plenty use its open data — often without knowing they’re doing so.
Despite what conventional wisdom may suggest, new research has revealed that people tend to be more willing to trust others as they age. Continue reading
Amid “rapid growth” in the collection of data on Americans, the White House has drafted legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. Continue reading
Earlier this month, students and parents in Washington, D.C. and Miami learned that massive amounts of student information gathered by schools had been compromised or stolen. In Miami, a man was arrested with students’ names, social security numbers and birthdays … Continue reading
Out of an anonymous set of credit card data from millions of people, how easily can you find one person? Very easily, it turns out. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, bombings and mortar fire rocked mostly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad. At least 50 people were killed in a wave of terror attacks by Islamic State forces. Also, Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying asked demonstrators to end protests, offering to hold talks next week, but pro-democracy rallies continued through the night. Continue reading
As much as 90 percent of information on the Internet is “dark” — locked away in clunky or outdated formats that makes it difficult, sometimes impossible, to access. Kenton McHenry gets frustrated just talking about what he had to go … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Yahoo’s free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.
The government called for the huge fine in 2008 if Yahoo didn’t go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. At stake, according to the government, was the nation’s security. Continue reading