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The former Mormon who created a hacktivist website

Apr 28, 2017
Ryan McKnight believed his church needed greater transparency.
“Our goal is to promote transparency within the Mormon Church,” said Ryan McKnight, creator of MormonLeaks, a website where users post information anonymously about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Above, a line of people wait outside the Provo City Center Temple.
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How hacktivism intersects with the law

Apr 28, 2017
Activists are using technology, sometimes illegally, to promote social and political change. What kind of legal backlash do they face?
A demonstrator, and supporter of the group Anonymous, rests during a protest against corrupt governments and corporations in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.
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Founder of hacker group LulzSec explains the chaos of hacktivism

Apr 28, 2017
“Did I help the cause or did I hurt the cause?” asks Hector Monsegur, otherwise known by his hacker handle Sabu.
“When you're using hacking to disrupt a government without an understanding of all the consequences, that's when I start to feel like there's a lot more chaos than sense,” said Hector Monsegur, founder of the hacker group LulzSec and a director at Rhino Security.
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Is ‘hacktivism’ a force for good … or chaos?

Apr 28, 2017
Hackers are 'the best parts of science and information sharing,' research scientist Chester Wisniewski told us. It's part of our special series.
“I am a proudly a hacker, and I get very irritated when hacker is used as a pejorative or to mean criminal activity, because I think hackerism represents our best,” Chester Wisniewski says.

A new 3-D pen lets kids create their own toys

Feb 22, 2017
Children can use the 3Doodler Start Pen to make sculptures.
Sea creatures made using a 3Doodler pen.

How do you know a hit when you see one?

Feb 10, 2017
A look at Derek Thompson's new book 'Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.'
Derek Thompson says a lot of the videos we think went viral had celebrities or publishers responsible for most of their distribution.
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What Amazon’s former chief scientist says about personal data rights

Feb 2, 2017
Amazon's former chief scientist Andreas Weigend says that data can be empowering in a post-privacy economy.
A lot of companies, big and unknown alike, often take information collected from you and sell it to other companies.
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'Indefinite' uses virtual reality to show detained immigrants' despair

Jan 27, 2017
The 360-degree film follows several asylum-seekers being held in Britain.
A still from Darren Emerson's film "Indefinite." 
Darren Emerson

Smartphone: Enter stage left

Dec 12, 2016
How a play in New York is incorporating technology into its production.
Augmented reality allows audience members to see poppies growing around the stage. 
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