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Social Media’s Weird Future
The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz explains TikTok, Instagram eggs, and why teens are reading the comments.
Dumb PhonesSmartphone sales are on the decline, but shady characters buying your location data are on the rise.
Aftermath of a Data BreachA cybersecurity expert on the bizarre legal battles after a big data theft and the confusion for everyday consumers who may have been affected.
Are We on the Brink of an “Information World War”?An interview with the lead author of a new report to the Senate Intelligence Committee on how rival powers are weaponizing social media.
Facebook’s Race Problem(s)A former employee wants reform, and a civil rights group wants Facebook’s policy chief fired.
Alex Stamos Is Still Living the 2016 ElectionFacebook’s former security chief, who reportedly clashed with Sheryl Sandberg, reflects on how the social network handled Russian misinformation—and how it can do better next time.
Amazon’s Prime Real EstateAn employment economist explains what cities had to gain from the company’s HQ2 contest—and what they had to lose.
The Meme MidtermsHas misinformation on social media gotten better or worse since 2016? And just how hackable are our voting machines?
Who Owns Your DNA Data?23andMe’s top privacy officer says you control your information. But there are some caveats.
Is Privacy a Right?Tech lawyer Tiffany C. Li explains how privacy law has evolved in the digital age—and how it hasn’t.
Reshuffling the Podcasting DeckHot Pod’s Nick Quah says the industry is on the precipice of big changes.
Why Apple’s New Gizmos MatterSoaring iPhone prices, machine-learning privacy, and the life-saving potential of the Apple Watch.
What Streams May ComeIf Then on how artists are faring in the streaming music economy and what Justice Brett Kavanaugh could mean for the future of the internet.
Embracing Deplorable StatusA conversation with the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer on QAnon, Pizzagate, and why so many Trump supporters are falling for online conspiracy theories.
“Ready-Made Audiences for Propagandists”A co-author of a new Senate report on Russia’s 2016 disinformation campaign explains how social media—and Americans—became so vulnerable to exploitation.
Bringing Amazon to the TableWorkers at Amazon fulfillment centers in Minneapolis are fighting for better conditions. And Amazon is starting to come to the table.
Tomorrow’s Children, EditedThe journalist who broke the story on the first efforts to gene-edit babies, joins If Then to talk about the controversial procedure’s history, future, and ethics.
Facebook’s Former Security Chief Reflects on What Went WrongAlex Stamos on the NYT expose, Facebook’s political balancing act, and why Russia might be targeting the left.
What Could Go Wrong With Voting Machines on Election Day?A top election-security expert explains how the devices might fail us—and whether a better system is possible.
How Hate Online Leads to Violence OfflineThere’s a long history of online hate spilling off the internet and into the real world.
How Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Crack Down on TechThe Senate Intel Committee’s top Democrat on how government might regulate tech and what his colleagues need to learn to catch up.
Fact and Fiction on WikipediaThe Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director explains how the site’s volunteer editors fight misinformation and harassment.
Tech Barons Are the New Media BaronsA conversation with the Washington Post’s media columnist about the billionaires buying news organizations—including her own.
Google’s Real BiasesDespite what Ted Cruz might say, conservatives are not the communities most harmed in internet searches.
Twitter Without the NazisThe founder of Mastodon on how he built an alternative social network, and why people are flocking to it.
Making Sense of Elon MuskTesla and SpaceX reporter Dana Hull on what drives tech’s most enigmatic CEO.
Don’t Call Them Flying CarsThe former head of “urban aviation” at Uber says they’re coming. The question is how soon.