Newsweek November 1, 2013

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how edward snowden escalated cyber war

For more than a decade, a relentless campaign by China to steal valuable, confidential information from United States corporations flourished with barely a peep from Washington. And now it might never be stopped. The secret online assault was well-understood by the last two administrations. The program's scope was confirmed in a 2009 classified inquiry that discovered Chinese hackers - many of them traced to facilities connected to the People's Liberation Army - had penetrated not only all of the corporate computer networks analyzed, but also every examined computer system used by state or federal agencies. Still, the State Department warned - as it had for years - that publicly confronting China over its online economic warfare would damage relations with Beijing, so American government statements about the hacking did not disclose the…

a million things could go wrong. and did

There was a lot riding on The site has to do many things: verify a person's identity, legal residence, and income; record his personal information; match him with health insurance plans for which he is eligible; calculate whether he's eligible for a subsidy (and how much); help him compare plans by costs and features; and, finally, enroll him in a plan. Enrolling in any insurance plan can be tricky; comparison-shopping for one in a state that may offer hundreds is a daunting task. It requires working with all 50 states (the exchange may be federal, but the insurers aren't) and dozens of insurers. What's more, since the Affordable Care Act was designed to support state exchanges, parts of the site's spine - specifically the data hub that pings the IRS, Social Security…

wikipedia's wobbling (citation needed)

Wikipedia is dying! Wikipedia is dying! That's the line parroted by the media every six months or so since 2009, when Spanish researcher Felipe Ortega first noticed that unprecedented numbers of volunteer editors were abandoning the sixth most popular website in the world. As the now familiar story goes, the byzantine infrastructure behind the free, crowdsourced encyclopedia - 30 million articles in 287 languages, including more than 4.3 million in English - is choking to death. Wikipedia pessimists say the site is fatally clogged by a geeky cabal of white American men who would rather describe the minutiae of a new breed of Pokémon or fervently debate the politicization of hummus than mentor a diverse group of new editors around the world. The other corrosive element is the pervasive fighting by…

can paul ryan dodge the friendly fire?

On Sunday May 15, 2011, Newt Gingrich made a big mistake. The former House speaker and then-Republican presidential contender went on NBC's Meet the Press and attacked the new budget from Representative Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as "right-wing social engineering" for replacing traditional Medicare with premium support. Or, as Democrats liked to call it, vouchers. Two days later, under siege from Republicans for failing to toe the party line, Gingrich apologized to Ryan. But the damage was done. In the Republican presidential primaries, Gingrich was attacked for not supporting Ryan, the coming conservative star. Eventually, of course, Mitt Romney won the GOP nomination and, as a mark of his conservative bona fides, selected Ryan as his running mate, calling the Ryan budget "marvelous." But a lot has changed in the Republican Party since…

was chevron scammed for $19 billion?

Even by the standards of a legally battle-tested oil industry, the Chevron trial is ugly. In the case before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, Chevron puts forth that Steven Donziger, a New York lawyer, masterminded an international conspiracy to obtain a $19 billion judgment against the oil giant in Ecuador in 2011 for contaminating the Amazon. That award was one of the largest class-action payouts ever. All this stems from a 2003 lawsuit filed in Ecuador by Donziger and an activist group, Amazon Defense Front, which sought damages for contamination it claimed Texaco left behind after drilling there for more than 25 years. (Chevron acquired Texaco, its former competitor, in 2001.) According to the filing, Donziger estimated that he could earn hundreds of millions of dollars should the Ecuador decision stand. It quotes…

did the u.n. herald a new age of cholera?

For decades, Haiti was plagued by every human-made and natural disaster imaginable. But for more than a century it hasn't recorded an outbreak of cholera, a disease that thrives in an environment where sanitation infrastructure is almost nonexistent and personal hygiene is poor. Now the United Nations stands accused not only of introducing the disease in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit the country on January 12, 2010, but also of denying its role. Once merely whispered in the halls of the U.N., the question is increasingly being asked out loud: Will Haiti's cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 8,000 people so far, become for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon what the Oil for Food scandal was for his predecessor, Kofi Annan? Ban was named as defendant in a lawsuit filed…