Amazon’s Alexa Keeps Quoting Jeff Bezos to Me
An alarmingly deep dive into the shallow Daily Quotes skill from the Amazon Echo.
Why Humanitarians Are Worried About Palantir’s New Partnership With the U.N.The infamous data-analytics firm is now working with one of the planet’s largest aid organizations. What could go wrong?
Patriot Act Is Not Afraid of Silicon ValleyHasan Minhaj’s Netflix show goes further than even John Oliver in skewering technology.
The Nervous Laughter of the Super Bowl’s Robot AdsWe fear automation and A.I. just enough to satirize them.
I Want DNA That WayThe Backstreet Boys’ new album and tour features a very old-school depiction of DNA.
Face-OffSan Francisco is considering a bill that would ban law enforcement from using facial recognition software.
How TV Meteorologists Can Talk About Climate Change Even During a Polar VortexAn interview with Climate Central’s Sean Sublette.
Spy vs. Bad SpySloppy attempts to fool two surveillance researchers would have been funny if they hadn’t been so sinister.
What’s in It for the Trolls?Ken Liu’s “Thoughts and Prayers” shows how the cruelest of online harassers convince themselves they’re doing the right thing.
There Is No New BackpageThe government crackdown on online sex trafficking changed the business of sex—and left many consensual sex workers feeling less safe.
The NYPD’s Misguided War on WazeThere’s nothing the government can do about the navigation app disclosing the location of DWI checkpoints.
China’s Privacy ConundrumThe country is increasingly protecting consumers from tech companies even as government surveillance intensifies.
Russia Embraces Disinformation About DisinformationIt’s clear the U.S. needs to try something new to get Russia to knock it off.
What Should We Call Members of a Space Force?Soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and … ?
Russia Wants to Outlaw Fake NewsIf passed, the new legislation would control what Russians can say on the internet.
Facebook Paid People $20 a Month for Access to All Their Digital Activity. Why Did They Sign Up?What the going rate for the hyper-invasive program tells us about the evolving understanding of our personal data’s value.
Telecom Companies Are Seriously Overhyping 5G NetworksThe marketing gimmicks would be hilarious if they didn’t come with potentially major consequences.
Apple’s Frightful FaceTime Bug Is a Reminder That We’re Never Really Safe OnlineEven from tech companies we “trust.”