Censorship

Tech Companies Didn’t Plan for Chinese Censorship

Tech companies are censoring information about the demonstrations in Hong Kong. Civil liberties experts say this is symptomatic of larger problems.
Caroline Haskins
10.14.19
TikTok

The Best TikToks of the Week According to Me

I spend a troubling amount of time on the wildly-popular video app, TikTok. The least I can do is round up the best videos I saw this week.
Caroline Haskins
10.11.19
antarctica

Airbnb's Antarctic 'Sabbatical' Is the Next Evolution in Crisis Capitalism

Airbnb is sending five volunteers on a one month “citizen science” trip to Antarctica so that they may become ambassadors for the continent, and more importantly, Airbnb.
Caroline Haskins
9.30.19
climate change

Climate Change Could Erase Human History. These Archivists Are Trying to Save It

Climate change making the word hotter, more humid, and more stormy—all conditions that put sensitive paper archives at risk. This problem is forcing us to ask, which histories will we choose to remember?
Caroline Haskins
9.18.19
Tesla

Drivers Keep Falling Asleep in Moving Teslas

Footage shared on Twitter Sunday shows a driver and a passenger asleep in what appears to be a Tesla Model S.
Caroline Haskins
9.9.19
TikTok

TikTok Users Are Inventing Wild Theories to Explain Its Mysterious Algorithm

No one knows how TikTok’s For You page algorithm works, so users have taken it upon themselves to construct their own theories.
Caroline Haskins
8.15.19
ring

Ring Told People to Snitch on Their Neighbors in Exchange for Free Stuff

Ring helped people form private ‘Digital Neighborhood Watches’ where they report ‘suspicious activity’ in exchange for free Ring products and discounts, according to a presentation obtained by Motherboard.
Caroline Haskins
8.11.19
TikTok

This Meme Explains Why TikTok Isn't Like Any Other Social Media

Point-of-view or POV videos are TikTok’s chameleon genre that give creators room to express themselves, and give TikTok room to come into its own.
Caroline Haskins
7.24.19
privacy

FaceApp Isn’t Creepy Because It’s Russian, It's Creepy Because It’s Capitalist

FaceApp’s privacy policy is bad. Its policy isn’t uniquely bad because it’s a Russian company.
Caroline Haskins
7.18.19
SURVEILLANCE

How Amazon and the Cops Set Up an Elaborate Sting Operation That Accomplished Nothing

Behind-the-scenes emails show how Amazon and Ring worked with police in Aurora, Colorado to make people scared of each other.
Caroline Haskins
7.2.19
security

Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers

Using the 'Track THIS' tool opens up 100 tabs at a time that will make you seem like a hypebeast, a filthy rich person, a doomsday prepper, or an influencer.
Caroline Haskins
6.28.19
Google

This Artist Is Hacking Google to Create Surreal Street View Art

Brooklyn-based artist Jason Isolini has inserted over 42 immersive pieces of art into Google Maps’s Street View tool.
Caroline Haskins
6.21.19
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