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Tor pulls in record donations as it lessens reliance on US government grants – TechCrunch

Tor, the open source initiative which provides a more secure way to access the internet, is continuing to diversify its funding away from its long-standing reliance on U.S. government grants. The Tor Foundation — the…

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2018 ushered in ‘a potential space renaissance’ – TechCrunch

The aerospace industry took flight with ambitious civilian and military projects over the course of 2018, and private investors took notice. Rockets are flying to the far side of the moon. Entrepreneurs are creating new propulsion…


Lawmakers say Amazon’s facial recognition software may be racially biased and harm free expression – TechCrunch

Amazon has “failed to provide sufficient answers” about its controversial facial recognition software, Rekognition — and lawmakers won’t take the company’s usual silent treatment for an answer. The letter, signed by eight lawmakers — including…


ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch

Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious…


New US report says that climate change could cost nearly $500B per year by 2090 – TechCrunch

A new report from the U.S. government on the impacts of climate change on society indicates that unless action is taken, climatological events could cost the country nearly half a trillion dollars annually by 2090. The…


Interest rates and fears of a mounting trade war send tech stocks lower – TechCrunch

Shares of technology companies were battered in today’s trading as fears of an increasing trade war between the U.S. and China and rising interest rates convinced worried investors to sell. The Nasdaq Composite Index, which…


Civil servant who watched porn at work blamed for infecting a US government network with malware – TechCrunch

A U.S. government network was infected with malware thanks to one employee’s “extensive history” of watching porn on his work computer, investigators have found. The audit, carried out by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s…


Privacy group calls on U.S. government to adopt universal AI guidelines to protect safety, security and civil liberties – TechCrunch

After months of work, a set of guidelines designed to protect humanity from a range of threats posed by artificial intelligence have been proposed. Now, a privacy group wants the U.S. government to adopt them…


In its first cyberoperation against Russian trolls, U.S. takes a gentle approach – TechCrunch

Russia has been blamed for shutting down power grids, hacking into critical systems, and more recently launching a massive misinformation campaign aimed at meddling with past and upcoming elections. Now, the U.S. is striking back…