Julia Angwin

Amazon, PayPal, and Others Have Helped Fund Racist Hate Sites For Years - Will Charlottesville Get Them to Stop?

Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate

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Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida's coastal waterway. But not for fish.

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Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them

Facebook has long let users see all sorts of things the site knows about them, like whether they enjoy soccer, have recently moved, or like Melania Trump.

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Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.

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The Sneaky Way Amazon Is Ripping You Off

One day recently, we visited Amazon's website in search of the best deal on Loctite super glue, the essential home repair tool for fixing everything from broken eyeglass frames to shattered ceramics.

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The World's Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who Is Going Broke

Update, Feb. 5, 2015, 8:10 p.m.: After this article appeared, Werner Koch informed us that last week he was awarded a one-time grant of $60,000 from Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative. Werner told us he only received permission to disclose it after our article published. Meanwhile, since our story was posted, donations flooded Werner's website donation page and he reached his funding goal of $137,000. In addition, Facebook and the online payment processor Stripe each pledged to donate $50,000 a year to Koch’s project.

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Meet the Zombie Internet Browser Cookie -- It Can't Be Killed and Won't Stop Tracking You

An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers.

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Police's Aggressive Use of Flashbangs Has Yielded Tragic Results

It was just before dawn when 18 police officers poured out of an armored truck and an unmarked white van at the Laurel Park apartment complex on the outskirts of Atlanta. A few days earlier, a confidential informant reported seeing “a brown skinned black male” with “a small quantity of a green leafy substance.” The 22-year-old suspect, paroled for forging a check, lived in a small ground floor apartment with easy access. But the police didn’t plan on taking any chances.

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Facebook's Extreme Online Tracking Tactics

For years people have noticed a funny thing about Facebook's ubiquitous Like button. It has been sending data to Facebook tracking the sites you visit. Each time details of the tracking were revealed, Facebook promised that it wasn't using the data for any commercial purposes.

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