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There's a media coverage gap. How will this affect 2020?

There is an incredible coverage gap between Trump and every other issue in today's news media. An unscientific poll of the front pages of major news publications indicates that around half of major stories are, in some way, about Donald Trump. Consider the front page of NBC News, where mentions »

Foreign Policy: Two Stages, One Medium

Those who conduct foreign policy must appease two diverging constituencies: their voters back home, and the international arena. Usually, their interests don't align. But what happens when their communication channels do? »

The Unstatement: Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz's latest deleted tweets. Ted Cruz, the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, has a clean political track record—but not a clean Twitter account. »

The Unstatement: Alex Jones

Alex Jones' deleted tweets. Alex Jones, the infamous far-right radio personality and conspiracy theorist, has a long and troubled history with the truth. Fortunately, I've been monitoring his Twitter. »

Digital Payments Are Not More Private Than Credit Cards

Digital payments have taken the world by storm. Nowadays, nearly every major smartphone supports some sort of contactless payment system, and there are no shortages of services—most notably Android Pay, Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal, and Bitcoin—which make use of the technology. Digital payments have been heralded as more »

Signal is Not a Magic Solution to Privacy

Signal is considered the gold standard in mobile encrypted messaging by governments and dissidents alike. The app, which is completely open-source, allows its users to securely text, call, and videochat each other. Signal has become ubiquitous among privacy enthusiasts and journalists, and derives much of its popularity from its frequent »

Don't Be Fooled: We Still Don't Have Donald Trump's Tax Returns

Today, MSNBC released Donald Trump's 1040 tax form from 2005. But don't be fooled: we still don't have his tax returns. This fight is far from over. Only a few moments ago, Rachel Maddow announced that MSNBC had obtained copies of Donald Trump's tax returns from 2005. Later, it was »

The Panopticon Effect

The Panopticon Imagine a large cylinder shaped chamber. It's roughly 50 meters in diameter, and 30 meters tall. In the center is a guard tower, and on all sides of the room are prison cells. There are four levels of cells, and they are arranged so that the each cell »

The State of Surveillance as Trump Moves into Office

On the eve of his exit from office, President Barack Obama has issued a new set of rules governing how the NSA handles the information attained through its extensive international surveillance system. Under these new regulations, the NSA can share the data it collects with other members of the U. »