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
18 hours ago
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
3 days ago
Websites

Create Self-Destructing Websites With This Simple Tool

What if you could create your own easily destructible website by just visiting a URL?
Caroline Haskins
9.25.19
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
AirPods

Review: Three Different Pairs of £25 Counterfeit AirPods

If AirPods are the crude results of capitalism's machinery, then what do counterfeit AirPods say about us?
Jason Koebler
Caroline Haskins
9.4.19
machine learning

This AI Gives Emojis Real Faces and the Results Are Horrifying

If you train a machine learning tool to find human features in emojis, the results are not pretty.
Caroline Haskins
8.28.19
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

Everything You Need to Know About Ring, Amazon’s Surveillance Camera Company

How does Ring partner with police? Are there privacy concerns with Ring doorbells? What is the Neighbors app? What we’ve learned from 1,400 pages of public records.
Caroline Haskins
8.8.19
amazon

Revealed: The Secret Scripts Amazon Give to Cops to Promote Ring Surveillance Cameras

Documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that Ring provides 46 standardised comments that cops can post on social media, and several documents with scripted responses to possible questions from the public.
Caroline Haskins
8.7.19
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
amazon

Amazon Provided Police with 'Heat Maps' of Package Theft for Sting Operation

Amazon created package loss data heat maps and performed "data analysis" that helped a police department plan and carry out a package theft sting operation.
Caroline Haskins
7.10.19
SURVEILLANCE

How Amazon and the Cops Set Up a Joint, Pointless Sting Operation

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
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