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    I run ‘facial recognition’ on buildings to unlock architectural secrets
    Apr19

    I run ‘facial recognition’ on buildings to unlock architectural secrets

    Is this a face or a building? David W, CC BYAbout a decade ago, a modest update to Apple’s iPhoto software showed me a new way to study architectural history. The February 2009 update added facial recognition, allowing users to tag friends and loved ones in their photos. After a few faces were tagged, the software would begin to offer...

    Are identity politics emancipatory or regressive?
    Apr18

    Are identity politics emancipatory or regressive?

    If UKIP were pigeons, Clacton-on-Sea #Banksy. Duncan Hull/Flickr, CC BY-NDIdentity politics are a pervasive feature of the modern world. From caste-based politics in India to the rise of xenophobic Christian nationalism in Italy and Hungary, people are mobilising to defend perceived ethnic and religious group identities. The strength of identity...

    By fighting wars with private armed forces, Russia risks conflict between major powers
    Apr17

    By fighting wars with private armed forces, Russia risks conflict between major powers

    kirill_makarov via ShutterstockRussian and Syrian troops carried out a ground assault on a military base in Deir ez-Zor, Syria on February 7. However the base was occupied by US soldiers, and the attackers were beaten back by a US air strike. Around 100 Russians were ultimately killed. And yet, diplomatically speaking, almost nothing happened: no...

    With smart cities, your every step will be recorded
    Apr17

    With smart cities, your every step will be recorded

    pxhereModern cities are brimming with objects that receive, collect and transmit data. This includes mobile phones but also objects actually embedded into our cities, such as traffic lights and air pollution stations. Even something as simple as a garbage bin can now be connected to the internet, meaning that it forms part of what is called the...

    The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks
    Apr17

    The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks

    Numerous cyber attacks in recent years have targeted common household devices, such as routers. ShutterstockUp to 400 Australian organisations may have been snared in a massive hacking incident detailed today. The attack, allegedly engineered by the Russian government, targeted millions of government and private sector machines globally via...

    Four years after the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine: key gains and losses
    Apr12

    Four years after the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine: key gains and losses

    In Kyiv in February 2014, riot police line up opposite crosses marking the deaths of protesters. More than 10,000 people have been killed since the Euromaidan protests began in late 2013. Christiaan Triebert/Flickr, CC BY-NCThis article is part of the Revolutions and Counter Revolutions series, curated by Democracy Futures as a joint global...

    Syria: would a new foreign military intervention be legal?
    Apr11

    Syria: would a new foreign military intervention be legal?

    Just days after an alleged chemical attack killed and injured scores of civilians in Douma, Syria, the US, UK and France agreed in principle that international action is needed to hold the perpetrators to account. But they didn’t make clear what form their action would take – or how they would act while staying within the law. All tactical...

    Now that Russia has apparently hacked America’s grid, shoring up security is more important than ever
    Apr11

    Now that Russia has apparently hacked America’s grid, shoring up security is more important than ever

    Hackers can interfere with everyday efforts to keep the lights on. pan denim/Shutterstock.comHackers taking down the U.S. electricity grid may sound like a plot ripped from a Bruce Willis action movie, but the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI recently disclosed that Russia has infiltrated “critical infrastructure” like American power...

    Four things you need to know about Russian media manipulation strategies
    Apr05

    Four things you need to know about Russian media manipulation strategies

    The crisis embroiling the West and Russia over the apparent use of chemical weapons in the English cathedral town of Salisbury can tell us a lot about how the Putin administration is becoming more and more adept at manipulating media coverage of events to gain advantage, both at home and abroad. The furious accusations levelled against Moscow by...

    This ‘Final Four’ takes place over the board – with talent from around the world
    Mar30

    This ‘Final Four’ takes place over the board – with talent from around the world

    In the Final Four of College Chess, most of the players come from abroad. posteriori/ShutterstockWhile millions of Americans plan to watch the Final Four of college basketball on TV this weekend, I plan to check out a livestream of the Final Four of College Chess. As a former U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, my interest in the Final Four goes...

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