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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Essay/Economics

In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

ORIGINAL
Video/Data & Information

The information age traffics in speed. To adapt to it wisely, we must slow down

5 minutes

Video/Law & Justice

Why has the US military been flying a balloon over Kabul since 2009?

9 minutes

Idea/Genetics

How DNA mugshots can solve crimes: Q & A with Kenneth Kidd

Kate Wheeling

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Art

Spray the DNA away – an artist’s stand against encroaching genetic surveillance

4 minutes

Idea/Digital Culture

It’s time to give up on the ideal of perfect privacy online

Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

Essay/Data & Information

Broken links

When no ancient chat or post is beyond the grasp of Google, what matters more: the right to forget, or to be remembered?

Alana Massey

Essay/Data & Information

Digital star chamber

Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know

Frank Pasquale

Video/Human Rights

How we confuse the ‘intended uses of technology with the actual uses’

11 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

All-seeing, all-knowing

Since imperial times Chinese governments have yearned for a perfect surveillance state. Will big data now deliver it?

James Palmer

Essay/Data & Information

Cover of darkness

The cypherpunks are winning the crypto-war against government spies. What will happen when everyone is anonymous?

Jamie Bartlett

Essay/Data & Information

Precognitive police

Predictive policing could help prevent crime. But do we want a future where computer oracles and spies track us from birth?

Henrick Karoliszyn

Essay/Human Rights

Reading Howl in China

My generation, once impassioned by the Western literature of rebellion, is now lulled by ‘Wealthy Socialism’

Xiaolu Guo

Essay/Political Philosophy

Life in the fishbowl

In the future, most people will live in a total surveillance state – and some of us might even like it

Stuart Armstrong

Essay/Film & Television

The reality show

Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense

Mike Jay

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Too much information

Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn't exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers

Ian Leslie

Essay/Art

The machine gaze

As the boundaries between digital and physical dissolve, can the New Aesthetic help us see things more clearly?

Will Wiles