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Poland wants to outlaw blaming Poles for Nazi atrocities. But what about the Jedwabne massacre?

An inscription reading “They were Flammable” and a Nazi swastika are seen in Jedwabne, Poland, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, on the monument dedicated to Jews from the town who were burned to death by their Polish neighbors in 1941. (AP Photo/Michal Kosc)Vector Art  At the end of January, 73 years after Soviet troops marched through …

Rethinking the 'production' of data

This article titled “Daten müssen strategischer Teil des Geschäfts werden” appeared in German last week in the “IT und Datenproduktion” column of Wirtschaftwoche. How companies can use ideas from mass production to create business with data Strategically, IT doesn’t matter. That was the provocative thesis of a much-talked-about article from 2003 in the Harvard Business …

Biometric hand scans and reinforced concrete: The history of the secret FISA court

Four-and-a-half years ago, an artist visited the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. — where cameras are forbidden — to draw a rendering of its fortified entrance and location. (Lindsay Young) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is not exactly a place where journalists or members of the public …

Thirty-two frightening snapshots of a hanging. And no one knew who the victims were – until now.

An unknown photographer captured the hanging of Ferenc Szalasi, known as the “Hungarian Hitler.” He and three others were executed on March 12, 1946. The 32 black-and-white snapshots were like frames from a disturbing home movie —  four men marched to the gallows and hanged one by one. There’s a large crowd of onlookers present. Many are …