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The Surveillance State’s Eyes at the U.S. Border

Technology is reshaping law enforcement on the border and at home—not always for the better.

July 5 2018 10:42 AMThe Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand the InternetWhat Anthony Kennedy’s retirement could mean for online speech, privacy, and antitrust.
June 20 2018 4:28 PMShould Tech Companies Take a Stand Against Family Separation?Big Tech came out strong against the travel ban. Will it fight as hard to end family separation at the border?
June 6 2018 4:01 PMPeople Want Power, Not Just ElectricityIf Then interviews Naomi Klein about the plans of tech execs and private utilities for post-Maria Puerto Rico.
May 23 2018 4:19 PMGoogle’s Chokehold on the WebA Yelp executive explains his yearslong battle with the internet giant over how it ranks your search results.
May 9 2018 5:40 PMAre Self-Driving Cars Really Safer Than Human Drivers?Not yet, says a professor who builds them.
April 25 2018 2:37 PMThe Surprising Controversy Behind a Law to Fight Online Sex TraffickingThanks to SESTA, personals are disappearing from the web and consensual sex workers are scrambling.
April 12 2018 8:12 PMWhat Mark Zuckerberg Didn’t Want to ShareFacebook’s CEO played dumb with Congress. It could come back to bite him.
April 4 2018 4:30 PMAlexa, How Do You Really Work?The man in charge of Amazon’s voice assistant thinks users’ privacy concerns are off base.
March 21 2018 3:00 PMThe Tech That Draws Your DistrictAn expert on gerrymandering explains the tech behind the map-making that helped the GOP take control of Congress.
March 7 2018 3:05 PMNietzsche With a 3-D PrinterMeet the DIY weapons maker who says gun control is “a fantasy.”
Feb. 21 2018 4:00 PMHow Russian Trolls Went LocalA deep dive into how Russia gamed Facebook.
Feb. 7 2018 3:02 PMFISA and FuryNational security expert Marcy Wheeler explains the hypocrisy behind the Nunes memo.
Jan. 24 2018 3:19 PMDudebros Every DayJournalist Taylor Lorenz takes us inside the cultish, male-dominated world of teen YouTube stars and explains how they make millions.
Jan. 10 2018 3:23 PMThe Future Is “Smart” and DumbIf Then reports from CES on the A.I. battle between Amazon and Google, Intel’s cybersecurity problem, and a robot that shoots dog treats six feet in the air.
Dec. 20 2017 3:17 PMThe Browser WarsIf Then on Uber’s misdeeds, what the Fox-Disney deal means for net neutrality, and how Firefox and its nonprofit compete with Google’s Chrome.
June 27 2018 4:51 PMTech Workers Fight BackTech workers take a stand against their companies’ complicity.
June 13 2018 5:34 PMNot Getting By in the Gig EconomyAuthor Sarah Kessler explains how the “future of work” has helped computer programmers—and failed those who need it most. 
May 30 2018 5:00 PMHow Theranos HappenedThe blood-testing startup’s scandal is a symptom of deeper problems in Silicon Valley, says the WSJ reporter who exposed it.
May 16 2018 4:01 PMWelcome to the SwampA former Department of Justice antitrust official says the problems with the AT&T–Time Warner merger run much deeper than Michael Cohen.
May 2 2018 4:59 PMWhy an E-Waste Recycler Is Going to PrisonEric Lundgren is now a felon. He says the real crime is how big tech companies prevent people from reusing their products.  
April 18 2018 3:27 PMWhat if Facebook Used Data for Black Lives?The founder of Data for Black Lives on how tech companies can use their data as a tool of oppression—or a force for racial justice.
April 10 2018 9:43 AMCongress Called. It Wants Our Privacy Back.If Then discusses the Mark Zuckerberg hearings with some of the members of Congress who will be questioning him.
March 28 2018 4:30 PMFacebook’s Deepwater HorizonInside the data leak that let Cambridge Analytica game our neuroses for Donald Trump.
March 14 2018 3:00 PMWhat Keeps Facebook up at NightThe head of Facebook’s news feed on Myanmar’s deadly crisis, the challenge of local news, and the downsides of transparency.
Feb. 28 2018 3:00 PM“You Have to Be Heard”FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn says the fight for a free and open internet isn’t over.
Feb. 14 2018 3:55 PMLike Is Too Simple an EmotionThe inventor of Facebook’s iconic button reflects on technology’s unintended consequences.
Jan. 31 2018 4:21 PMThrough the Revolving Door Between Facebook and DemocratsA former Facebook employee and Clinton campaign adviser on how advertising tech and disinformation campaigns are a perfect fit.
Jan. 17 2018 7:22 PMWhy Facebook and “Meaningful Interactions” Don’t MixA media studies professor argues that the social network’s design makes serious discussions impossible.
Jan. 3 2018 2:26 PMScience Fiction by ABBAIf Then talks about how the new tax plan could usher in more robots, what the iPhone “batterygate” tells us about Apple, and the history of writing about the near future.
Dec. 13 2017 3:49 PMWhat’s Next for Net Neutrality?The man who coined the phrase reflects on the vote to kill it—and how it could yet be revived.