Facebook’s ex security boss: Asking Big Tech to police hate speech is “a dangerous path”

Until a few weeks ago, Alex Stamos was Facebook’s chief security officer. He led the hunt for Russian political disinformation on the platform after the 2016 US election. Now at Stanford University, he recently announced the creation of the Stanford Internet Observatory—a project to tackle hate speech, propaganda, and manipulation by bringing together academic researchers, social scientists, policymakers, and the tech giants themselves. Like many people, Stamos ...

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Asteroid-mining might actually be better for the environment

For a certain kind of investor, asteroid mining is a path to untold riches. Astronomers have long known that asteroids are rich in otherwise scarce resources such as platinum and water. So an obvious idea is to mine this stuff and return it to Earth—or, in the case of water, to a moon base or Earth-orbiting space station. There is ...

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A cyber-skills shortage means students are being recruited to fight off hackers

There aren’t enough cybersecurity workers out there—and things are getting worse. According to one estimate, by 2021 an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled. And of the candidates who apply, fewer than one in four are even qualified.  That’s why many large corporations are investing in longer-term solutions like mobile training trucks and apprenticeship programs. But Texas A&M ...

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Wall Street’s embrace could break Bitcoin

Ready or not, Wall Street is coming for Bitcoin. Intercontinental Exchange, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange and one of the largest infrastructure providers for financial markets in the US, said recently that it plans to launch a regulated digital asset exchange. This could change Bitcoin immensely, though—and depending on whom you ask, perhaps not for the better. ...

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Clock-carrying quadcopters could provide ultra-accurate GPS

The Global Positioning System has become one of the fundamental pillars of 21st-century living. Most people in the developed world own a GPS receiver and numerous industries rely on them, sometimes for life-critical tasks. This system is so important that governments, industry leaders, and the military have long studied its shortcomings and worried over how easy it would be to bring ...

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