Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto in February. Mark Blinch/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was tweeting up a storm during Wednesday night's Republican debate. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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People can now contribute to presidential campaigns with just a few taps on a smartphone. Jonathan Alcorn/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Not pictured: the warped Tupperware lids Hunter Scott's bot dutifully won in a mock-sweepstakes. They were never mailed to him. Hunter Scott hide caption

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Comedian Ari Shaffir performs at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June in Manchester, Tenn. Shaffir has said fellow comedian Carlos Mencia stole his joke about who would build a fence on the U.S.-Mexican border. Copyright on jokes is difficult to prove, and it turned out two other comedians had made similar jokes as well. John Davisson/Invision/AP hide caption

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