How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

Two years later, in 2015, a Guardian writer named Harry Davies reported that Cambridge Analytica had collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their permission, and used their likes to create personality profiles for the 2016 US election.

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon Trump's budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's science and technology programs by 40 percent, while research on climate change science would drop from $95 million to $32 million.

While You Were Offline: Tim Cook Pwned President Trump

While You Were Offline: Tim Cook Pwned President Trump

Tim Cook Pwns President Trump What Happened: Some people would be embarrassed that the leader of the free world couldn't remember their name.

House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

Sprinkled among those names are also key players from President Trump's 2016 digital team, including his former digital director and current campaign manager Brad Parscale, as well as several former executives of Cambridge Analytica, the now defunct consulting company, including its former CEO Alexander Nix, former business development director Brittany Kaiser, and Julian Wheatland, director of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group.

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

What Not to Say in Your Outside Voice What Happened: You'd think that an attorney would know better than to attempt to intimidate a witness via social media, considering how much trouble it could get everyone in. And one that got a lot of people's attention, not least of the media , because of course .

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Even before they became a Trump-era norm, conspiracy-minded Congressional hearings were something of an American political tradition.

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

And while he acknowledges that tensions between Kim and Trump may have escalated to such a dangerous point last summer—thanks in no small part to Trump’s own rhetoric—that a shotgun summit in Singapore was needed, he and others argue that it’s not a viable process for substantive change.

Michael Cohen's Credibility Has Never Been More Certain

Michael Cohen's Credibility Has Never Been More Certain

The day did not reflect Congress’s best as a fact-gathering body providing oversight: After the blockbusters in his morning prepared remarks, Cohen made little news, as both Democrats and Republicans seemed to fumble their way through questioning the decade-long fixer for Donald Trump.

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here Longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen will testify before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday at 10am ET. John Taggart/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Wednesday, longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen is set to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee.

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

What Really Happened: A little over a week ago, just as President Trump was signing a spending bill that would keep the government open, he declared a national emergency to fund his border wall.

The (Non-Trump) Surprise Inside Andrew McCabe's Memoir

The (Non-Trump) Surprise Inside Andrew McCabe's Memoir

The events of The Threat span the summer of 2016 through May 2017, encompassing the bungling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the election of Donald Trump, the bureau’s investigation of Michael Flynn, and, finally, the 10 chaotic days that began with the firing of FBI director James Comey and ended with the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, the man who had preceded Comey at the bureau.

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Trump Declared an Emergency Based on Data That Doesn’t Exist

Trump Declared an Emergency Based on Data That Doesn’t Exist

During his remarks, President Trump repeatedly called into question and even dismissed as lies much of the available data that exists on immigration and crime, all while glorifying countries like China that give drug dealers the death penalty and painting a picture of a country under siege by criminal invaders.

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

What Really Happened: Welp, after a lot of political rigamarole, President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last week—and what a speech it was.

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

It followed a now familiar pattern: Mueller’s court filing included voluminous detail, including insight into the internal decision-making process of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—and yet the indictment stopped short of alleging that Stone was part of a larger conspiracy.

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

If by now you feel like you have a pretty good handle on what Donald Trump looks like and would rather just listen, try TuneIn , which has a Roku app and will offer streams from a few sources, or NPR , which is NPR.

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

President Trump's son caught flack from the internet last week for referring to Saturday Night Live as "S&L." Drew Angerer/Getty Images OK, where to begin? What Happened: Donald Trump Jr. maybe doesn't know what Saturday Night Live is, or at least maybe doesn't fully understand the name of the NBC show.

The Threat That the US Can't Ignore: Itself

The Threat That the US Can't Ignore: Itself

"ISIS very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries." Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence The hearing instead focused on questions from senators about anti-terrorism efforts, nuclear proliferation, infrastructure hacking, and foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence-gathering.

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

Take Lara Trump’s comments early in the week, in which the wife of Eric Trump responded to the suggestion that the shutdown hurts federal workers by saying, "this so much bigger than any one person.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Reports over the past week suggest strongly that perhaps Trump has the interests of an entirely different nation in mind when he makes decisions. What really happened: As if all the existing intrigue surrounding Trump wasn't enough to make people wonder about his loyalties, The New York Times dropped a bombshell report last weekend.

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Attribution is a tricky business, and the DNC didn’t provide much specific evidence to back up their claims of Russian involvement, but it lines up with a previous wave of Russian spearphishing noted by security firm FireEye last fall. This one belongs to the Oklahoma Department of Securities, which left millions of files open to public access.

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

The assessment also discusses more radical ideas, like capabilities that could neutralize a missile anywhere in the world during its initial ascent, space-based tracking and interception technologies, and even high-energy lasers mounted on "airborne platforms." Anywhere, Any Time, Any Place And while Trump described a comprehensive, airtight vision of missile defense in his remarks, analysts say the administration's actual report is more of a survey of all possible avenues, from realistic, incremental next steps to unlikely moonshots.

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers Last night after President Trump's address on border security, an Associated Press tweet claimed that, in placing blame for the government shutdown, "it takes two to tango." Twitter thought otherwise.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018Casey Chin; Getty ImagesThis year thankfully avoided any world-breaking ransomware attacks like NotPetya. In many cases, the most dangerous people online are also the most dangerous in the real world.

While You Were Offline: A US Government Shutdown Loomed

While You Were Offline: A US Government Shutdown Loomed

What Really Happened: Trump's surprise holiday gift to the Middle East arrived early Wednesday, as reports surfaced suggesting that the United States was about to withdraw troops from Syria .

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech—Or Risk Isolating Itself

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech—Or Risk Isolating Itself

More importantly, maintaining links between US and Chinese tech companies and researchers is the best way to keep tabs on China’s increasingly sophisticated surveillance state, which integrates facial recognition technology, artificial intelligence, and swarms of personal data.

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia InvestigationsORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile popular memory today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor’s investigation at the time was much broader; ultimately 69 people were charged as part of the investigation, 48 of whom pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial.After three weeks of back-to-back-to-back-to-back bombshells by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller, it’s increasingly clear that as 2018 winds down, Donald Trump faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president—a total of at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators.

While You Were Offline: Trump's 'Smocking' Gets a Mocking

While You Were Offline: Trump's 'Smocking' Gets a Mocking

While You Were Offline: Trump's 'Smocking' Gets a MockingJIM WATSON/Getty ImagesLast week started with President Trump announcing that his chief of staff would be leaving by the end of the month, something that later became potentially untrue because no one wants the job.

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

On Wednesday, SDNY reached a deal with National Enquirer publisher AMI that explicitly states that the Cohen payments were intended to prevent a story about Trump's alleged affair with Karen McDougal from "influencing the election."The court filings contain growing signs, too, that Mueller could be building not just a case around conspiracy during the 2016 campaign, but also about “expansive obstruction.” A case like that could include the possible coordination of lies following Russia revelations, such as Cohen’s in front of Congress.

More