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Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal is a staff writer for The Atlantic.
Policy

Facebook Does Have to Respect Civil-Rights Legislation, After All

Activists just won a landmark case against the social network.

CIO Briefing

What Mark Zuckerberg Thinks People Want

The Facebook CEO had a change of heart that could recast the future of the internet.

Emerging Tech

The Servant Economy

Ten years after Uber inaugurated a new era for Silicon Valley, we checked back in on 105 on-demand businesses.

CIO Briefing

The Reason Conspiracy Videos Work So Well on YouTube

It’s the paranoid style, mutated for platform politics.

CIO Briefing

When Amazon Went From Big to Unbelievably Big

The data on the company’s real-estate holdings reveal a remarkable inflection point.

CIO Briefing

The Peaceful Transition of Government Twitter Accounts

House Republicans are taking the fruits of Twitter’s growth with them into the minority.

Emerging Tech

How AI Found Flint’s Lead Pipes, and Then Humans Lost Them

A machine-learning model showed promising results, but city officials and their engineering contractor abandoned it.

Emerging Tech

Facebook Didn’t Sell Your Data; It Gave It Away

In exchange for even more data about you from Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Microsoft, and others

Emerging Tech

Foreign-Influence Operation

It’s disturbing how easily Internet Research Agency accounts blended into America’s online life.

CIO Briefing

What Sundar Pichai Couldn’t Explain to Congress

Google’s CEO struggled to explain the reality of his company’s power to a House committee convinced of a liberal conspiracy.

Emerging Tech

Finally, the Self-Driving Car

Google’s sister company Waymo built the self-driving car. Now it needs to bring it to life.

Emerging Tech

When the Tech Mythology Collapses

The industry’s fall from grace may feel unprecedented, but we have a model for what happens when a beloved industry fails us.

Emerging Tech

Iranian Propaganda Targeted Americans With Tom Hanks

It’s yet another attempt by a government to use Facebook to sow discord in the United States.

CIO Briefing

Big Tech's Newest Experiment in Criminal-Justice Reform

Unicorn startup Slack is launching an apprenticeship program for formerly incarcerated people. But will the industry ever hire from the inside en masse?

Emerging Tech

Waymo’s Robot Cars, and the Humans Who Tend to Them

People are always the hack that make automated systems work.

Data

Wikipedia, the Last Bastion of Shared Reality

The culture wars are coming for the best utopian project of the early internet. Can it survive the informational anarchy that’s disrupted the rest of media?

CIO Briefing

Tech’s Fractal Irresponsibility Problem

Each new scandal reflects in miniature the shape of the industry’s big problems.

Data

Why Facebook Wants to Give You the Benefit of the Doubt

Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks about Holocaust denial once again showed Facebook’s optimism about human nature.

CIO Briefing

Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism

Since 2016, the technology industry has been looking for answers. Code for America might have one.