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The Real Scandal Isn’t What Cambridge Analytica Did

The plot was made for front-page headlines and cable-news chyrons: A scientist-turned-political-operative reportedly hoodwinked Facebook users into giving up personal data on both themselves and all their friends for research purposes,...Show More Summary

Who Does Facebook Serve?

Facebook’s head of security, Alex Stamos, is leaving the social network in August, according to the New York Times, as well as multiple journalists citing sources within the company Monday evening. The Times reports that Stamos has already...Show More Summary

Who Is to Blame for the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook Scandal?

On Friday, Facebook announced that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica, a controversial research and data analysis firm, due to unauthorized access and use of Facebook’s user data. Facebook’s announcement came the day before two explosive...Show More Summary

One Tragic Death Doesn’t Make Self-Driving Cars More Dangerous Than Human Drivers

It was bound to happen. With autonomous vehicles on the streets across the country, one of them—through computer error, supervisor carelessness, or a pedestrian’s mistake—was going to hit someone. On Monday morning, a self-driving Uber...Show More Summary

The CEO of Cambridge Analytica Was Caught on Video Offering to Meddle in Elections Using Sex Workers and Fake Bribes

Cambridge Analytica, the political-data firm hired by the Trump campaign that’s been implicated in a scandal involving the illegitimate harvesting of more than 50 million Facebook user profiles, did not improve its public standing Monday. Show More Summary

How Did an Itty-Bitty Piece of Russian Propaganda Wind Up in Slate?

Recently, a study from researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked at how various U.S. news outlets unintentionally used tweets from the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed organization accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, in their reporting. Show More Summary

Theranos Is What Happens When Biomedicine Gets to Play by Silicon Valley’s Rules

I may be a doctor, but I too hate needles. On those grounds alone, I was initially pulling for Elizabeth Holmes to succeed when I first heard about her startup, Theranos. The company promised to eliminate painful blood draws from the...Show More Summary

Why Have Ethereum Prices Fallen By Nearly $1,000 This Year?

The price of ethereum dropped below $500 this weekend. Though it’s since risen back to around $550 as of Monday morning, the dip is a reminder of how far the cryptocurrency has fallen since January, when it was at one point trading at...Show More Summary

Uber Crash in Arizona Kills Woman in First Pedestrian Death Caused by a Self-Driving Car

A self-driving Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian early Monday morning in Tempe, Arizona, marking the first pedestrian fatality of the self-driving car era in the United States. The woman, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, died at the hospital of her injuries. Show More Summary

Common Sense for A.I. Is a Great Idea

At the moment, artificial intelligence may have perfect memories and be better at arithmetic than us, but they are clueless. It takes a few seconds of interaction with any digital assistant to realize one is not in the presence of a very bright interlocutor. Show More Summary

Should Facebook Flee Myanmar?

Last week, United Nation investigators briefing the press about the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar pointed their fingers at a surprising perpetrator: Facebook. The officials said that hate-filled Facebook posts have helped amplify deadly...Show More Summary

Most Americans Still Don’t Fear Big Tech’s Power

If you skimmed my Twitter feed, which is populated by technology critics, policy wonks, and Silicon Valley insiders, you might think our largest tech companies are broadly understood to be fearsome entities, molding the world to their whims with impunity. Show More Summary

Netizen Report: Internet Censorship Bills Loom Large Over Egypt, South Africa

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world. It originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Afef Abrougui, Ellery Roberts Biddle, Mohamed...Show More Summary

Should Spotify Make Its Own Smart Speaker?

Smart speakers have become one of the hottest markets in consumer tech. Amazon Echos and Google Homes were among the most popular gifts this past holiday season, and that sales bump solidified Amazon as the leader in the space. Apple...Show More Summary

A Hovering Backpack Doesn’t Have to Be Useful to Be Awesome

While CES is regarded as the biggest event of the year for launching crazy gadgets, SXSW sees its fair share of new products, too. Ahead of the numerous thought-leader panels and brand activations, companies use media spectacle to debut their futuristic contraptions. Show More Summary

Are You Still You if Your Brain Is Uploaded?

Next week, representatives from a startup called Nectome will pitch their idea to an audience of investors in Silicon Valley. According to their website, the company is “Committed to the goal of archiving your mind.” That commitmentShow More Summary

The Made-Up Story About How Big Sugar Shifted the Blame to Fat

Over the last two decades a remarkable shift in focus has taken place in the nutrition field—we’ve gone from blaming fat for our expanding waistlines to fingering sugar instead. In the 1980s and 1990s the low-fat approach dominated dietary...Show More Summary

What Does It Mean to Hack an Electrical Grid?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued a statement on Thursday announcing sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, launching the costly NotPetya cyberattack, and making “intrusions targeting critical...Show More Summary

The Snapchat Ad That Joked About Rihanna and Domestic Violence Was Approved by a Human

Snapchat is apologizing, taking action, and opening up about its advertisement-review process Thursday, following a backlash over an offensive ad that ran on the social app earlier this week. The company confirmed to me that the ad,Show More Summary

Why Not Get Your Drugs at the Barbershop?

American barbershops often serve as local staples and places of cultural significance. For black men in particular, the barbershop is not simply a place for a haircut, but a safe haven of communal trust; a place where everyone can be themselves. Show More Summary

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