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Yet the government’s social media manipulation tracks with crackdowns in recent years in other authoritarian states, said Alexei Abrahams, a research fellow at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Even for conversations involving millions of tweets, a few hundred or a few thousand influential accounts drive the discussion, he said, citing new research. The…


How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.

SAN FRANCISCO — Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018. The two concepts, after all, are two of the most buzzed about and least understood ideas in the tech universe. And the blockchain, the database design introduced by Bitcoin,…

Julian Assange Says He’s Suing Ecuador for ‘Violating His Fundamental Rights’

Julian Assange announced on Friday that he was suing the Ecuadorean government for “violating his fundamental rights,” claiming that his longtime hosts at the country’s embassy in London are limiting his contact with the outside world and censoring his speech. His legal team in the matter, led by the former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, revealed…

Bits: The Week in Tech: Executives Pull Out of Saudi Conference

Each week, technology reporters and columnists from The New York Times review the week’s news, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Hello from Washington, D.C., the hot seat of late for big Silicon Valley companies…

The World of A.I.

Judging by the breathless coverage, it can seem as if the only countries developing A.I. are the United States and China. But while companies in those two countries are leading the way in cutting-edge research and products, it’s still early for the industry and other nations are working hard to become major A.I. players. Here…