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Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer
Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
Emerging Tech

Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Resigning

In an interview, the Facebook CEO tells The Atlantic he’s not walking away from the company, but he is looking for outside expertise.

Data

Facebook's Ideological Imperialism

Andrew Bosworth’s memo may seem insidious, but its logic used to be very popular.

Emerging Tech

Shrugging Toward Doomsday

Experts warn that the world is now as dangerous as it was at the height of the Cold War. Many Americans already know it.

Data

Could Facebook Have Caught Its 'Jew Hater' Ad Targeting?

“Facebook can monitor the things it does that make it money.”

News

Can the U.S. Government Seize an Anti-Trump Website's Visitor Logs?

The Department of Justice is seeking the 1.3 million IP addresses that accessed a website advertising Inauguration Day protests.

CIO Briefing

Why an Anti-Fascist Short Film Is Going Viral

“I’ve heard this kind of talk before, but I never expected to hear it in America.”

CIO Briefing

2016 Was Hot, Weird, and Unprecedented, Says NOAA

Five lessons from the agency’s report on the year’s record-breaking weather

IT Modernization

Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It's Just Sitting There

A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users.

CIO Briefing

What Steve Bannon Wants to Do to Google

The White House strategist reportedly wants to treat tech giants as public utilities, an idea that some Democrats also support.

Data

A Visual Search Engine for the Entire Planet

Descartes Labs lets you point-and-hop between features in China and the United States.

Data

Google Remakes Satellite Business, By Leaving It

A startup says a 50-trillion-pixel image of Earth, refreshed daily, is coming later this year.

Data

How Will We Know Trump’s Inaugural Crowd Size?

It involves satellites and weather balloons.

Data

Body Cameras Are Betraying Their Promise

They’re not transparent. They’re not independent. They’re not even turned on when they should be.

IT Modernization

Apple Just Reinvented Its Biggest App

Here are four ways to understand the company’s extremely weird iMessage makeover.

CIO Briefing

The Startup That Watches Corn Grow, From Orbit

Descartes Labs is estimating the health of the American corn crop every week this harvest season.

Data

Uber Takes to the Skies

The satellite-imagery giant DigitalGlobe will now provide high-resolution Earth imagery to Uber.

Data

Google's Satellite Map Gets 700-Trillion-Pixel Makeover

It’s the cloudless map’s first major makeover since 2013.

Data

The New App That Could Revolutionize How the Postal Service Delivers Mail

A British startup is assigning a unique name to every meter of Earth’s surface. Should addressing systems be universalized—and privatized?