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Inconvenient Truths and Convenient Lies – Inside Sources

The online world has become a free speech battleground. Controversially, tech platforms have sided with illiberal regimes to censor posts while flagging “misinformation” in free countries. We all share a legitimate interest in avoiding outright falsehoods, but much censorship today—whether at the behest of dictators, or in the name of eradicating “misinformation,” ultimately is about restricting discourse

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After Face-off With Critics, IRS Abandons Plans for Facial ID Tech

The Internal Revenue Service has abandoned plans to force taxpayers to a private facial-recognition system to access their online accounts, the agency announced this week. But critics say the now-foiled effort is part of an ongoing expansion of the frightening federal agency into more of our lives. In a statement announcing it is dropping the

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Attorney General Brnovich Warns Consumers to Beware of Unwanted Tracking

Attorney General Brnovich wants to warn consumers about the potential of stalking by unknown users. AirTag is a new Apple product that uses Apple technology to help locate items to which the AirTag is physically attached. The small, circular-shaped tracking devices, recently released in 2021, allow individuals to track items such as wallets, backpacks, or

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Can ‘Top Gun’ Training Give U.S., Taiwan Leverage to Keep China at Bay?

It was an image that got the Pentagon’s attention: Satellite photos of targets shaped like an American aircraft carrier and at least two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers on a Chinese military weapons range. The images were made public earlier this month by the U.S. Naval Institute. “What we’re concerned about … is the increasing intimidation and

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What are dark patterns? An online media expert explains

It’s not you; many e-commerce websites are difficult to use by design. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida Dark patterns are design elements that deliberately obscure, mislead, coerce and/or deceive website visitors into making unintended and possibly harmful choices. Dark patterns can be found in many kinds of sites and are used

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