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NASA asks citizen scientists to become ‘asteroid hunters’

In an effort to avoid a potential apocalypse, the space agency is holding a contest to get people to help it discover deadly asteroids.

By Mar. 10, 2014


Citizen Brick's 'Breaking Bad' Lego set makes toy meth

"Breaking Bad" play set from Citizen Brick is crafted from more than 500 pieces, including a Walter White minifig and a complete meth lab. As you may have guessed, this isn't an official Lego release.

By Aug. 13, 2013


Tech firms may balk at California push for citizen data access

A lawmaker wants the state to move toward what the EU gives its citizens in terms of "habeas data" rights -- the power to request one's personal data from companies that hold it. But Silicon Valley may well fight back.

By Apr. 3, 2013


Citizen scientists map 1,400 defibrillators in Philly contest

More than 300 people in an eight-week crowdsourcing contest search for automated external defibrillators in over 525 buildings across Philadelphia.

By Nov. 5, 2012


European Parliament blocks citizen e-mails protesting EU 'porn ban'

After European citizens began to complain en masse over a report proposing that porn should be banned in the 27-member state bloc, European politicians blew the whistle on their own IT department.

By Mar. 7, 2013


'Citizen cartographers' help Google update maps of N. Korea

Information on the more detailed, up-to-date maps was submitted to the Web giant's Map Maker tool as part of a years-long effort.

By Jan. 28, 2013


Facebook's Saverin: I'm a 'global citizen,' not a tax dodger

Company co-founder who, it was recently revealed, renounced his U.S. citizenship says the decision had nothing to do with the blockbuster IPO and taxes.

By May. 16, 2012


Ustream outage due to DDoS aimed at citizen journalist

Hackers target streaming of anti-Putin protests with attack, Ustream says.

By May. 9, 2012


Ep. 1265: Perfect Citizen

On today's show, the NSA announces a new security program that's terrifyingly called "Perfect Citizen" but (at least on the surface) appears to be little more than a series of Star Trek red alert alarms. We're rightfully suspicious. Also, Flash is getting 3D, Pirate Bay is under attack, and the iPhone 4 antenna problem is a hardware issue. We knew that.

By Jul. 8, 2010


NSA offers explanation of Perfect Citizen

Claiming that a Wall Street Journal story about Perfect Citizen was inaccurate, the federal agency offers its own take on the project but serves up few details.

By Jul. 9, 2010