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There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series about the latest hacking news: Coded. Watch the Trailer

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Hacker Hero Arrested by FBI
Hacker Hero Arrested by FBI
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Hacker Hero Arrested by FBI
Was MalwareTech just doing research to stop criminal activity or engaging in criminal activity himself?
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October 12, 2017

Why This Hacker Was Arrested The super-secretive hacker known as MalwareTech became famous when he dismantled the WannaCry computer virus, one of the most alarming privacy threats in recent memory. But the praise was cut short when the hacker was arrested by the FBI for creating a virus that gave digital thieves access to people’s banking credentials. Was he just doing research to stop criminal activity or engaging in...

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The Unhackable Email Service
The Unhackable Email Service
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The Unhackable Email Service
Edward Snowden’s email service of choice wants to make mass surveillance obsolete.
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January 23, 2017

Ladar Levison’s email service counted Edward Snowden among its users. But, when the FBI demanded Levison hand over Snowden’s communications, Levison destroyed the company’s servers. Now, he’s back with a more secure version of the service that could make mass surveillance obsolete.

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How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee
How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee
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How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee
Could the blockchain be used to make fair trade goods live up to their promise?
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November 2, 2017

Around 1 in 60 people on the globe rely on the coffee supply chain for their livelihood. But it’s an antiquated system, rife with uncertainty, unfairness, and even corruption. Bext360 wants to change that. They’re using machine vision, artificial intelligence, and blockchain payments to bring the largest un-automated system in the world into the digital age.

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The Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous
The Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous
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The Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous
Jay Leiderman isn’t your normal defense attorney. He’s committed his career to defending hackers, including...
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October 6, 2017

Jay Leiderman isn’t your normal defense attorney. He’s committed his career to defending hackers, including Anonymous, the world’s most secretive and famous hacking organization.

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Hacker Wins Election As Pirate Party Leader
Hacker Wins Election As Pirate Party Leader
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Hacker Wins Election As Pirate Party Leader
Iceland's Pirate Party is trying to use a hacker mindset to improve their country and the world.
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October 19, 2017

In the wake of the Panama Papers hacking scandal, computer programmer Smári McCarthy decided he needed to apply his "hacking for good" philosophy to politics. As a member of the Pirate Party - a political party formed around the concept of extreme transparency - Smári was elected to Parliament in Iceland and is trying to use a hacker mindset to improve his country and the world.

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The People’s NSA
The People’s NSA
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The People’s NSA
Hackers and journalists team up to expose crime and corruption around the world
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January 30, 2017

At an undisclosed location in Sarajevo, a group of hackers are working with journalists to expose organized crime and corruption. But those engaged in illicit activity respond with cyber attacks and other intimidation tactics. Can the group fight off the attacks and help journalists bring the truth to light?

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This Research Team Wants to Hack Your Car
This Research Team Wants to Hack Your Car
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This Research Team Wants to Hack Your Car
What happens when an SUV going 75 miles-per-hour down a highway is hacked from a remote computer?
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October 26, 2017

What happens when an SUV going 75 miles-per-hour down a highway is hacked from a remote computer? Two researchers in Pittsburgh want to make sure we never find out. As cars have become more automated, they’re becoming more hackable. But the only way to stop car hacking is to actually learn how to hack into cars and uncover their vulnerabilities.

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How an Exiled Cryptographer is Protecting Journalists in His Native Ethiopia
How an Exiled Cryptographer is Protecting Journalists in His Native Ethiopia
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How an Exiled Cryptographer is Protecting Journalists in His Native Ethiopia
An exiled blogger teaches journalists in his native Ethiopia how to avoid capture
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March 21, 2017

In Ethiopia, the main prison is divided into eight zones. Many refer to the rest of the country as “Zone 9.” But Endalk Chala is fighting back. Chala moonlights as an encryption expert, helping bloggers in his native Ethiopia escape capture and torture.

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Disrupting Money
Disrupting Money
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Disrupting Money
Can a bitcoin entrepreneur on house arrest convince the world it’s the currency of the future?
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February 20, 2017

Charlie Shrem went from multi-millionaire to having almost nothing. Shrem was a Bitcoin pioneer. And it paid off big time. Until he was sent to jail for allowing a customer to resell bitcoin on Silk Road. Now, he’s out and wants to convince the world that Bitcoin is the future of finance.

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Erasing Your DNA
Erasing Your DNA
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Erasing Your DNA
Is a spray that can mask your DNA the frontier of personal privacy or a tool for criminals?
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March 6, 2017

There is an incredible amount of data in your DNA. Heather Dewey-Hagborg wants to make sure you have control over that data. She developed a spray that masks your DNA wherever it’s left. Is it a new frontier in personal privacy or a handy tool for criminals?

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Hacking the Future
Hacking the Future
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Hacking the Future
How do we make sure the next generation of hackers uses their talents for good?
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February 6, 2017

In our hyper-connected world, hacking is a superpower. And Nico Sell wants to make sure that power ends up in the right hands. She started Rootz Asylum to teach kids how to hack and encourage them to use their new-found talents for good.

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Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
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Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
This search and rescue expert discovered that many missing people had nobody looking for them. Then he had an idea: what if hackers made a game out of finding missing people through the internet?
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June 13, 2019

One unfortunate truth that anyone involved in a missing person case quickly learns is that there are more missing people in the world than there are available resources to find them. The first few days after a person goes missing are the most crucial for finding them safe and sound. However, since missing people tend to turn up on their own, these cases are initially given low priority. The exception is if there's a strong...

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Keeper of the Missing
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Keeper of the Missing
One woman is tracking thousands of missing people. Autism is her superpower.
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July 5, 2019

Meaghan Good has made it her life’s mission to track missing people. She runs The Charley Project, an important database compiling information on thousands of missing persons cases in one place. Growing up with autism, Meaghan was bullied at school and dropped out at an early age. She credits her autism with providing a singular focus, which in her case centered around true crime and unsolved cases of missing and exploited...

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The Homemade Internet Service
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The Homemade Internet Service
We all get tired of our internet service. But what if instead of just restarting your router, you started your own internet service?
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February 12, 2018

We all get tired of our internet service. Too expensive, too slow, too many lost signals. But what if instead of just restarting your router, you started your own internet service? Sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what one man did.

A New Reality
How to Spot a Deepfake
How to Spot a Deepfake
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How to Spot a Deepfake
Is artificial intelligence the key to knowing what’s real?
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August 10, 2019

Deepfake videos use video manipulation to show people saying and doing things they never have. These engineers are using blockchain technology to separate fact from fiction. Deepfakes, fake videos generated using artificial intelligence technology, could be the next frontier in misinformation. While news video has historically been the gold standard of veracity, an era where video can be easily created could further erode...

Innovation
How the Technology Behind Deepfakes Can Help Us Create a Better World
How the Technology Behind Deepfakes Can Help Us Create a Better World
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How the Technology Behind Deepfakes Can Help Us Create a Better World
Deepfakes have ignited fierce media criticism and call into question the public’s ability to discern fact from...
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July 24, 2019

Deepfakes have ignited fierce media criticism and call into question the public’s ability to discern fact from fiction. But the technology behind Deepfakes, called GANs, has enormous potential to drive innovation beyond fake social media videos. Read more to find out some of the amazing things being done with this technology.

The Badass Army Fighting Revenge Porn
The Badass Army Fighting Revenge Porn
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The Badass Army Fighting Revenge Porn
They’re tracking down people who post revenge porn - and getting justice.
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February 15, 2019

Sharing nude selfies with partners is increasingly common. Too often, though, these images end up posted online without consent. BADASS Army is an army of volunteers getting these images taken down and punishing people who upload them without consent—whether they’re exes posting revenge porn, a hacker releasing them, or someone stealing them through other means. What is Revenge Porn? Revenge porn, also known as...