Monday, May 25, 2020
Fighting Covid-19 Shouldn't Mean Abandoning Human Rights

Fighting Covid-19 Shouldn’t Mean Abandoning Human Rights

Governments around the world are racing to adopt new surveillance tools in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many are green-lighting dragnet monitoring systems, seeking real-time location data from mobile providers...
The History of Pandemics Teaches Us Only That We Can't Be Taught

The History of Pandemics Teaches Us Only That We Can’t Be Taught

On the last day of March, in what felt like the longest month in human history, U.S. President Donald Trump stood at the podium at the White House press briefing...
The Dangers of Relying on Philanthropists During Pandemics

The Dangers of Relying on Philanthropists During Pandemics

In 2015, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates took to the TED stage and issued a stern warning to the world: “We are not ready for the next epidemic.” But we could...
How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation

How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation

Wikipedia shows, however, that extreme circumstances, especially when related to public health, require different, more stringent rules, not better application of existing rules. The stakes are simply too high.I spoke...
‘Hi Dad, It’s Me. Please Buy Lots of Soup’

‘Hi Dad, It’s Me. Please Buy Lots of Soup’

I’m writing this dispatch from Portland, Oregon, one of the first cities in the US to be hit by community spread of the coronavirus. This morning, my daughter sneezed and...
Can't Stop Touching Your Face? Science Has Some Theories Why

Can’t Stop Touching Your Face? Science Has Some Theories Why

By now the message should be clear: Your hands are not your friends. Public health officials have told us repeatedly that putting your fingers near your eyes and mouth offers...
The Digital Colonialism Behind .tv and .ly

The Digital Colonialism Behind .tv and .ly

Similarly, Libya’s .ly—now famous through the popular bit.ly link compression—went to a British businessman who pretended to live in Tripoli. Meanwhile, an internet company based in Fresno, California, briefly owned...
Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

When I was a child, I am told on reliable account, I would walk around our housing complex and take my thumb out of my mouth to ask neighbors, “Do...
The 10,000-Year Clock Is a Waste of Time

The 10,000-Year Clock Is a Waste of Time

Another author with deep roots in the tech scene, Doug Rushkoff, wrote an eye-opening essay called “Survival of the Richest” in 2018. Rushkoff was flown to a private island and...
Democracies Can Become Digital Dictators

Democracies Can Become Digital Dictators

Internet shutdowns are an increasingly popular tool for digital repression. It’s what many in wealthy, liberal democratic countries can’t ever imagine happening—authorities blocking access to social media or services like...

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