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It‘s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

At a time when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, we should be living in a utopia of public discourse. We‘re not.

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6 Tales of Censorship in the Golden Age of Free Speech

Blocked by Trump, fired by Google, suspended by Facebook. The social internet gives everyone a voice, it also has countless ways of punishing us for speaking.

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Free Speech, Tech Turmoil, and the New Censorship

Special Issue: How technology is upending everything we thought we knew about public discourse.

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Change My View: Why Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse Is on Reddit

What‘s astounding about Kal Turnbull‘s brainchild is that no single radioactive topic-not Trump, Brexit, sex, guns-has overrun the subreddit.

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Why Cloudflare Let an Extremist Stronghold Burn

The story of how an internet infrastructure company get locked into a free-speech dispute starts in the cubicles of SoMa and the brothels of Istanbul.

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Yondr Wants to Neutralize Your Phone-and Un-change the World

The San Francisco startup helps restricts smartphone use in places where the people in charge don‘t want it. But in allowing this, we may be compromising something about ourselves.

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Meet Antifa‘s Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Megan Squire doesn‘t consider herself to be antifa and pushes digital activism instead, passing along information to those who might put it to real-world use-who might weaponize it.

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Will Your Baby Like Cilantro? These Genetic Tests Say They Can Tell

A growing set of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies like BabyGlimpse are aimed at new, expecting, and aspiring parents. But beware their claims.

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6 GoPro Tips For Skiing and Snowboarding Shots

Get great results from your GoPro or other action cam as you capture your snowy heroics ... and your legendary bails.

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Kylo‘s Shirtless Look Is a Problem for Star Wars Cosplayers

High-waisted tights are much harder to find than you might think.

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Britain‘s Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

50 million new trees will repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country-and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.

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A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families

Why Pittsburgh‘s predictive analytics misdiagnoses child maltreatment and prescribes the wrong solutions

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Texas Instruments‘ New Headlights Dazzle With a Million Pixels

Too bad federal regulations won‘t allow the cool tech on American roads.

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Don‘t Blame Social Media for the "Oprah For President" Talk-Blame Everyone.

Mass disdain for the political system makes it easy for anyone with a social network to launch themselves into politics.

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How Dirt Could Save Us From Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

One chemist thinks he‘s found a way for us to outrun the lethal juggernaut of antibiotic resistance.

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How Gore-Tex Went From Accident to Outdoor Essential

Gore-Tex, the waterproof material in your favorite jacket-and boots and ski pants-was born by accident.

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How Dirt Could Save Humanity from an the Apocalypse of antibiotic-resistant superbugs

One chemist thinks he‘s found a way for us to outrun the lethal juggernaut of antibiotic resistance.

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Trump‘s ‘Shithole Countries‘ Comment Tops This Week‘s Internet News

There was no way social media was going to let the president‘s comments go uncommented upon.

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The ‘Doublespeak‘ of Responsible Encryption

It‘s a new name for an old argument: that public agencies fighting crime and terrorism must have access to our private communications-for our own good.

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Boeing‘s Skunk Works Cargo Drone Is a Heavy Lifter

Eventually, it should be able to fly as far as 20 miles, carrying 500 pounds )or 400 large Domino‘s pizzas.

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Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

For decades, physicists have struggled to create a quantum theory of gravity. Now an approach that dates to the 1970s is attracting newfound attention.

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How the False Hawaii Missile Warning Could Have Happened

And where was the federal government?

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Crescent Moon‘s Innovative Snowshoe Is Built Like a Flip-Flop

These all-foam snowshoes from Crescent Moon might look low-tech, but the combination of cleats and tire-like treads provide ample traction.

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Meltdown, Spectre, Malicious Apps, and More of This Week‘s Security News

Meltdown, Spectre, malicious Android apps, and more of the week‘s top security news.

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