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ISIS propaganda collected in real time

University of Exeter experts will collect large amounts of propaganda put on the internet by Islamic State terrorists in real time to understand how it radicalises people. The group is well-known for its use of social media to elicit fear and communicate and promote its ideology. Academics will harvest and analyse this content, and use […]

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The secret army of cheerleaders policing China’s internet

If you ever wanted an illustration of why academic research is not just important but vital, then the work of Gary King, professor of sociology at Harvard, could serve as exhibit A. Why? Well, one of the more pressing strategic issues that faces western governments is how to adjust to the emergence of China as […]

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CIA ex-boss: secretive spooks tolerated in UK more than in US

British people are not demanding more transparency from the intelligence services as loudly as Americans, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA has said. Michael Hayden played a pivotal, leading role in American intelligence until he was replaced as director of the CIA shortly into the presidency of Barack Obama. […]

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Blocking ‘fake engagement’ to keep the count honest

When you see that a YouTube video has “16,685 views,” take that with a grain of salt. Not all of those views may have been by human beings. There are services that will, for a fee, spam a social media site with computer-generated views, likes, comments and other actions to boost a posting’s apparent popularity […]

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Linksys bucks trend, will support open source firmware on WRT routers

We’ve previously covered how some router companies are planning to kill their support for open-source firmware updates after June 2. But one company, Linksys, has explicitly stepped forward to guarantee some its devices will remain open source compatible. The June 2 date is from the FCC, which has mandated that router manufacturers prevent third-party firmware […]