Tuesday, November 24
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Technology


Adam Maida

The Return of Anonymous

The infamous hacker group reemerges from the shadows.

  • A photograph of Kamala Harris overlaid with screenshots of her Wikipedia page

    The Wikipedia War That Shows How Ugly This Election Will Be

    An editing battle over Kamala Harris’s race is a sign of what’s to come.

  • a USA stamp on top of the tiktok logo

    For Whom the Tok Tiks

    TikTok could persist in many ways in America. None is good.


  • What a Doctor Learns From Watching You on Video Chat

    Patients and doctors are rediscovering the unexpected virtues and hidden pitfalls of homebound care.

  • Shadow figure looking over black and white city scene

    The End of the Fictional Cop

    Television and film helped naturalize police violence. Noir offers a way out.


  • Facebook’s Looted-Artifact Problem

    The Islamic State turned the social platform into a global marketplace for stolen relics—until a group of vigilante archaeologists took matters into their own hands.


  • Even Facebook Is Pining for the Internet It Destroyed

    The tech giant’s new oddball social-media app is a testament to its power.


  • The Tech Companies Already Won

    Antitrust could break up the big players. It wouldn’t change everyday life.


  • The Panopticon Is Already Here

    Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe.


  • The End of Open-Plan Everything

    Personal space is finally back in style, but re-creating it after two decades of its destruction is hardly a straightforward task.

  • Screen cursors pointing toward center of dart board

    So Much for the Decentralized Internet

    A recent Twitter hack probably didn’t scare you. Here’s why it should.

  • A toilet, a snake, and a Polaroid on a map grid

    The App of the Summer Is Just a Random-Number Generator

    TikTok is on the chopping block. Instagram is pointless in lockdown. The best we can do is a hokey piece of software that takes us somewhere unexpected.


  • The Struggle for the Urban Soundscape

    The quiet of lockdown and the noise of protest restage the political conflicts of sonic life in the city.

  • Facebook thumbs-up and thumbs-down logos, ripping apart a face mask.

    Facebook’s Pandemic Feuds Are Getting Ugly

    Two North Carolina groups are locked in a battle full of name-calling, conspiracy theories, and morbid memes.


  • How a Fake Baby Is Born

    For years, women on the internet have been writing conspiracy theories about celebrity pregnancies. What sparks them?


  • The Ripple Effects of a Space Skirmish

    If a conflict breaks out between countries with weapons in orbit, it could threaten space access for everyone.

  • An illustration shows two abstract faces overlaid by the spiderweb-like nodes of a facial-recognition system.

    Defund Facial Recognition

    I’m a second-generation Black activist, and I’m tired of being spied on by the police.

  • A photograph shows three men standing together—two carry firearms, and two are wearing floral shirts.

    The Boogaloo Tipping Point

    What happens when a meme becomes a terrorist movement?

  • r/The_Donald in red, pixelated text

    Reddit Is Done Pretending The Donald Is Fine

    The social platform just banned the president’s most notorious internet fan club, as part of a sitewide purge of forums that “promote hate.”

  • Procession of Twitter bird logos cross in front on Donald Trump's face

    Twitter’s Least-Bad Option for Dealing With Donald Trump

    Every plausible configuration of social media in 2020 is unpalatable.

  • A pixelated image of fireworks forming the shape of the all-seeing eye.

    The Boom in Fireworks Conspiracy Theories

    Paranoia about secret government plots thrives in times of uncertainty, when strange things happen, and when people are bored. This summer is a trifecta.

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