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The NSA’s Contractor Problem

Posted August 16th, 2013 at 6:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Another Worry In An Already Bad Summer For The NSA Ross Slutsky | Philadelphia VOA intern Ross Slutsky occasionally writes about emerging digital technology issues for “Digital Frontiers” from Philadelphia In recent weeks, much attention has been paid to the privacy implications of the NSA’s surveillance programs, and rightly so. Now comes a new issue. […]

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Caught In The PRISM

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)

The NSA’s Internet Surveillance Program And You Doug Bernard | Washington DC This has not been a good week for keeping secrets. Late Wednesday, it was revealed that America’s National Security Agency, or NSA, got secret court permission to access millions of telephone records of the Verizon telecommunications company’s domestic customers.  The following day, the […]

License To Print

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 4:16 pm (UTC-4)
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How The 3-D Printing Boom May Run Afoul Of The Law Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE: May 15, 2013: This article originally stated that Sen. Schumer “wants to ban not just the printing of the gun, but the CAD files themselves.” While it’s accurate to say Sen. Schumer wants an update to the 1988 […]

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The “Star Wars Kid” Grows Up

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am (UTC-4)
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It’s Still Unclear If The Internet Ever Will Doug Bernard | Washington DC Think back to a time before Facebook. Before Twitter.  Before YouTube and Instagram and Vine and every other website yelling at you to splatter your face and life all over the Internet and make yourself famous, even if for a moment. Ten […]

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Boston, Privacy And The Limits Of Crowd-Sourcing

Posted April 23rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm (UTC-4)
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What The Web Got Right, And Wrong, In The Marathon Bombings Doug Bernard | Washington DC On March 16th, 2013, five weeks before the Boston marathon bombings, Sunil Tripathi disappeared. A Brown University student on leave from study, Tripathi was last seen in his Providence, Rhode Island apartment at around 11am. About 20 minutes later, […]

Crowd-sourcing The Boston Marathon Attack

Posted April 17th, 2013 at 1:22 pm (UTC-4)
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How Social Media, And Thousands of Pictures, May Help Solve The Puzzle Doug Bernard | Washington DC For being one of the most punishing, grueling athletic tests an individual can put themselves through, marathons are surprisingly popular. This year in the United States alone, 632 marathons are scheduled to be run. Year in and year […]

The Secret Facebook

Posted April 10th, 2013 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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How To Share Secret Messages in Public Facebook Posts Doug Bernard | Washington DC Let’s say you had something you wanted to say; a message for just one or two other people, but secret to everyone else. It’s a fair bet one of the last places you might consider posting that message was anywhere near […]

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Being a Journalist, Online and Off

Posted April 1st, 2013 at 3:05 pm (UTC-4)
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When Sharing Your Story Interferes With Telling Others’ Kate Woodsome | Washington DC [Ed. note: Kate Woodsome is a VOA multi-media journalist covering U.S. immigration and rights movements from Washington. You can connect with her here on Twitter.]  While the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether or not to support same sex marriage, Facebook turned red. […]

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Electing A Pope In The Twitter Age

Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:34 am (UTC-4)

How Social Media May Shape A Conclave, And A Future Pontiff Doug Bernard | Washington DC As you read this, the doors to the Sistine Chapel are likely locked and sealed with wax and a ribbon. The conclave of the Roman Catholic Church is underway, and for the moment, the world’s most-watched communications device is…a […]

Who Owns The News?

Posted March 1st, 2013 at 3:18 pm (UTC-4)

Journalism’s Digital Disruptions Doug Bernard | Washington DC It went bad at the very end, and started with the #7 car. On the last lap of last Saturday’s NASCAR qualifying heat in Daytona Beach, Florida, the race cars were bunched so tightly together they appeared to be touching. Regan Smith in the #7 “Clean Coal […]

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