John Knefel

John Knefel is a freelance journalist covering national security and civil liberties. He is the co-host of Radio Dispatch, a daily political podcast.
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As DARPA Preps for a Pandemic, It Has a New Enemy in Trump
John Knefel
What do you do when the president is an anti-vaxxer?
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Prison Tech Like Talking Ankle Monitors Will Boom Under Trump
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Business is booming at the dawn of the Trump era.
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The United States Needs a Federal Robotics Agency Before It's Too Late
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It could prevent disaster.
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Donald Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Could Be Invisible
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Pathfinder could be the future of surveillance at the southern border.
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How "Election Hacking" Happens
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"The weapon is the malware."
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The World's Weirdest Courtroom is in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
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The high-tech courtroom has plenty of secrets, and can be shut down in a moment’s notice.
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A 9/11 Defense Lawyer Has to Use Signal, Wickr, and Veracrypt at Guantanamo Bay
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When your client is an accused 9/11 conspirator, you can't trust the smoke detector.
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This Tattoo Could Be Used Against You: NIST Plan Moves Ahead
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The agency behind the atomic clock wants to catalogue civilian ink.
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A Trump Presidency is a Godsend for the Surveillance Industry
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The companies that make hidden cameras could make a killing.
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FBI Cyber Chief Philip Celestini Won't Comment on Controversial Digital Law
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Activists say antiquated laws are making the Internet less secure. The top cyber agent at the FBI isn’t going to make them feel any better.
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There's a Hidden Camera in This Water Bottle
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Cameras are everywhere and available to everybody.
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The Burner App is Where Smartphone Privacy Starts, Great for Ghosting
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Burner is what you download when you don't need a burner phone, but you want one.
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DARPA's Automated Bug Hunter Could Revolutionize Cybersecurity
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Right now, finding and patching exploits is difficult. Could machine learning solve that problem?
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The Internet Things of is a Dumpster Fire
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Copyright protections are prioritizing corporate profits over security.
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Why People are Using Emojis Instead of Names on Their Phones
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There's a disconnect between security developers and the rest of us.
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Cyber Security Expert: If You Want to Avoid Getting Hacked, Hire Women
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Sorry, but dudes are bad for security.
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Donald Trump Voters Don't Sweat Job Loss to Automation (for Some Reason)
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As long as the robots are American, we're good.
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At AT&T Conference, Cybe Security Experts Rightfully Worry about DDoS Attacks from Toasters
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"To say that it couldn't happen to us would be ridiculous."
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The U.S. Army Is Using Autonomous Car Tech on Self-Driving Tanks
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It's only a matter of time -- and whether robots will kill without human oversight.
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When Snowden Wanted a Spy-Proof Phone Case, He Went to Andrew Huang
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We're risking becoming totally dependent on our devices. Andrew “bunnie” Huang wants to change that.