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Sci-fi writer William Gibson says the best way to imagine new technologies and how they could affect society is not through current expertise but by talking to "either artists or criminals." Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech

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The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

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Apple is being urged to help protect young users of its smartphones and tablets, with two investors citing problems that have been linked with spending too much time on social media and looking at screens. Matthias Balk/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It seems like every kid is online. But UNICEF's director of data, Laurence Chandy, observes: "It's a huge inequity between those who have access and those who do not." Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People in the U.S. who want to keep their activity hidden are turning to virtual private networks — but VPNs are often insecure. Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

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A man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google search results about health can be influential, but sometimes they can be unreliable or wrong. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Seeking Online Medical Advice? Google's Top Results Aren't Always On Target

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The Federal Communications Commission is accepting public comment on its proposal to loosen the "net neutrality" rules placed on Internet providers in 2015. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Internet Companies Plan Online Campaign To Keep Net Neutrality Rules

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Harold Cardenas Lema runs the blog La Joven Cuba out of the two-room apartment he shares with his mom and girlfriend. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

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It's already difficult to create distance from the technology that surrounds us, but as connectivity increases, it might become impossible to do so. Aleksandar Nakic/Getty Images hide caption

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Online sales are growing by about 15 percent each year, but states say they're not getting their fair share of taxes from e-commerce. razerbird/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Massachusetts Tries Something New To Claim Taxes From Online Sales

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