04/24/2017: Our fascination with dystopian futures
Apr 24, 2017

04/24/2017: Our fascination with dystopian futures

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Science fiction novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is coming to Netflix, while Dave Eggers' "The Circle" will hit the big screen later this week. Amy Webb, futurist and head of the Future Today Institute, explains why we seem to be so into dystopian fiction right now. Afterwards, we'll look at the meaning behind the word "hacktivism," and get a brief history of the term from Chester Wisniewski, a cybersecurity researcher for Sophos. 

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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.
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Science fiction novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is coming to Netflix, while Dave Eggers’ “The Circle” will hit the big screen later this week. Amy Webb, futurist and head of the Future Today Institute, explains why we seem to be so into dystopian fiction right now. Afterwards, we’ll look at the meaning behind the word “hacktivism,” and get a brief history of the term from Chester Wisniewski, a cybersecurity researcher for Sophos. 

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