Snowden Documents Reveal the NSA Has Been Tracking Bitcoin Users Since at Least 2013

A series of documents recently published by The Intercept shows that the NSA has been tracking Bitcoin users for years. The documents were provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. While many other federal agencies are paying private contractors, such as Chainalysis, to provide information on…

Eleventh Circuit Judge Endorses Warrant for Border Device Searches

A recent federal appeals court decision shows that at least one judge thinks border agents should get a warrant before conducting forensic searches of travelers’ cell phones.  Although the majority of the three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in…

Stupid Patent of the Month: Buying A Bundle of Diamonds

This month’s Stupid Patent shows what happens when the patent system strays outside its proper boundaries. US Patent No. 8,706,513 describes a “fungible basket of investment grade gems” for use in “financial instruments.” In other words, it’s a rating and trading system that attempts to…

7.02.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

FBI Shows Video of AlphaBay Admin’s Arrest During Conference At a conference at Fordham University in New York City, FBI Special Agent Nicholas G. Phirippidis spoke about the operation that brought down Alphabay: Operation Bayonet. The conference featured many speakers from the FBI. Many of…

UGA students and faculty share their thoughts on artificial intelligence

With shows and films like “Black Mirror,” “Her” and “Ex Machina,” artificial intelligence has been cast in a bad light. However, if you ask John Weatherford, a professor in the New Media Institute at the University of Georgia, AI isn’t all bad. We actually utilize…

EFF to Court: Don’t Let Celebrities Censor Realistic Art

A huge range of expressive works—including books, documentaries, televisions shows, and songs—depict real people. Should celebrities have a veto right over speech that happens to be about them? A case currently before the California Court of Appeal raises this question. In this case, actor Olivia…

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Adoption Grew Over 60% in the Last Year

Executive Survey Shows Almost Two-Thirds of Enterprises Harnessed AI in 2017 /EIN News/ — CHICAGO, Jan. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Narrative Science, the leader in Advanced Natural Language Generation (Advanced NLG) for the enterprise, today announced the availability of its third annual research report,…

Breaking Down Barriers – Cisco Sponsors Greenlight for Girls

Research shows that young women across the globe don’t generally choose tech careers because they think it’s not an interesting career, or they believe they wouldn’t be good at it, or, even worse, they imagine they wouldn’t be comfortable or happy with their potential colleagues….