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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.

Nov. 5 2018 5:05 PMThe Meme MidtermsHas misinformation on social media gotten better or worse since 2016? And just how hackable are our voting machines?
Oct. 24 2018 6:13 PMWho Owns Your DNA Data?23andMe’s top privacy officer says you control your information. But there are some caveats.
Oct. 10 2018 5:18 PMIs Privacy a Right?Tech lawyer Tiffany C. Li explains how privacy law has evolved in the digital age—and how it hasn’t.
Sept. 26 2018 5:47 PMReshuffling the Podcasting DeckHot Pod’s Nick Quah says the industry is on the precipice of big changes.
Sept. 13 2018 3:11 PMWhy Apple’s New Gizmos MatterSoaring iPhone prices, machine-learning privacy, and the life-saving potential of the Apple Watch.
Sept. 5 2018 4:33 PMWhat 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.
Aug. 22 2018 2:30 PM“No Results Will Be Shown”Google’s secret project to censor search in China.
Aug. 8 2018 3:00 PMEmbracing 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.
July 25 2018 3:20 PMF*** NewsThe press has to cover “fake news.” That helps it take hold.
July 11 2018 3:28 PMThe Surveillance State’s Eyes at the U.S. BorderTechnology is reshaping law enforcement on the border and at home—not always for the better.
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.  
Oct. 31 2018 4:48 PMHow Hate Online Leads to Violence OfflineThere’s a long history of online hate spilling off the internet and into the real world.
Oct. 17 2018 3:59 PMHow 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.
Oct. 3 2018 5:56 PMFact and Fiction on WikipediaThe Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director explains how the site’s volunteer editors fight misinformation and harassment.
Sept. 19 2018 5:39 PMTech Barons Are the New Media BaronsA conversation with the Washington Post’s media columnist about the billionaires buying news organizations—including her own.
Sept. 12 2018 4:27 PMGoogle’s Real BiasesDespite what Ted Cruz might say, conservatives are not the communities most harmed in internet searches.
Aug. 29 2018 4:11 PMTwitter Without the NazisThe founder of Mastodon on how he built an alternative social network, and why people are flocking to it.
Aug. 15 2018 4:46 PMMaking Sense of Elon MuskTesla and SpaceX reporter Dana Hull on what drives tech’s most enigmatic CEO.
Aug. 1 2018 3:00 PMDon’t Call Them Flying CarsThe former head of “urban aviation” at Uber says they’re coming. The question is how soon.
July 18 2018 6:38 PMHow a Top Twitter Exec Tackles TrollsVijaya Gadde explains why harassers must go, but conspiracy theorists can stay.
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.