Why Fake News on WhatsApp Is So Pernicious in BrazilBrazilians use the app for everything. Bolsonaro and his supporters exploited that.
How False News Haunted the Brazilian ElectionsMisinformation and social networks have sullied the country’s politics since at least 2010. This time, it was worse than ever.
Prisons Are Using Video Visitation as PunishmentWhile the technology has its uses in the criminal justice system, it’s no substitute for in-person contact.
“Burned-Over Territory”A new short story about a future in which everyone receives universal basic income—but it’s not enough.
A Physical Museum Isn’t Always BetterThe Vietnam Veterans Memorial will get stronger online presence instead of a new physical building.
Bringing Pop-Ups to a Knife FightThe U.S. government plans to let Russians meddling in the midterms know they’re being watched. It’s worth a shot.
Lab-Grown Seafood and Lab-Grown Meat Aren’t That DifferentSo why might they end up with very different regulations?
What Should Silicon Valley Companies With Saudi Money Do?They could take the lead in a new form of international boycott.
What It’s Like to Be a Professional Live Video Game StreamerBeing good at gaming is only a small part of the gig.
Elizabeth Warren Has Set a Dangerous PrecedentWill other politicians be bullied into releasing their genetic information, too?
How to Make the Midterms SecureWe can protect ourselves from voting glitches and security breaches both now and in 2020.
What Problem Is Universal Basic Income Really Trying to Solve?A UBI advocate responds to Lee Konstantinou’s short story “Burned-Over Territory.”
Never Google Punctuation Marks or Accents AgainStop searching for “em dash”—and start using more em dashes.
Poll Workers Need Young BloodThe lack of tech savvy among those working on Election Day is an overlooked threat to the security of our elections.
Why Facebook Isn’t Helping Its Users Who Got HackedBecause in big corporate data breaches, the law and the courts aren’t on victims’ side.
“Information Is Our Biggest Weapon”What we have (and haven’t) learned in 100 years of fighting outbreaks.
Down With the “Spanish Flu”The 1918 pandemic didn’t start with Spain nor was it particularly bad there.
“Tech People Are the Last People I Would Trust to Regulate Speech”The creator of Godwin’s law interviews David Simon about Nazis on Twitter and so much more.
It’s Time to Rethink the Forced QuarantineThe practice has been around for centuries—but it disproportionately affects the poor, and it may do more harm than good.
When Alexa Can’t Understand YouPeople with speech disabilities are being left out of the voice-assistant revolution.