NSA

Opportunity Costs

If Russia spent as much on intelligence agencies as the United States does—$52.6 billion in 2013, according to the “black budget” published by the Washington Post last August—would it have been able to stop the suicide bombers who killed 31 people in two attacks in Volgograd early this week? Can you solve the problem just …

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The Downfall of the NSA

26 October 2013 The Downfall of the NSA By Gwynne Dyer Politicians and government officials rarely tell outright lies; the cost of being caught out in a lie is too high. Instead, they make carefully worded statements that seem to address the issue, but avoid the truth. Like, for example, Caitlin Hayden, the White House …

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Big Data

27 August 2013 Big Data By Gwynne Dyer Over the past two weeks we have seen the following computer system crashes: a three-hour network shutdown on 22 August that paralysed the NASDAQ stock exchange, crippled others, and caused a one-third drop in the daily total of shares traded on American exchanges; also on 22 August, …

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All Change on the Internet

12 August 2013 All Change on the Internet By Gwynne Dyer Edward Snowden is safe from American “justice” for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistle-blower in history. His revelations are going to cause a wholesale restructuring of the world’s most important communications system, the internet. And that, rather …

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All Change on the Internet

12 August 2013 By Gwynne Dyer Edward Snowden is safe from American “justice” for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistle-blower in history. His revelations are going to cause a wholesale restructuring of the world’s most important communications system, the internet. And that, rather than his whereabouts and fate, …

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