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.

Emerging Tech

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad

There were no software glitches or sensor breakdowns that led to a fatal crash, merely poor object recognition, emergency planning, system design, testing methodology, and human operation.

Data

The Most Important Exchange of the Zuckerberg Hearing

The Facebook CEO’s defense of data collection is slipperier than it seems.

Emerging Tech

The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet

Autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020, if Waymo’s time line is correct.

Emerging Tech

Bitcoin Mining Turns Electricity Into Money

A close-up portrait of bitcoin miners in eastern Washington reveals the real hustle at the heart of cryptocurrencies.

Emerging Tech

Drone Swarms Are Going to Be Terrifying and Hard to Stop

“Now the improvised explosive devices will find our warfighters."

Cybersecurity

Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated

“If the Internet Research Agency were a start-up media company, they probably would not be picking up a fresh round of venture capital.”

Emerging Tech

Could Self-Driving Trucks Be Good for Truckers?

That’s what a new study from Uber’s self-driving-truck team says, and a variety of trucking experts think they might be right.

CIO Briefing

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

The bankification of Big Tech, a strange profusion of wheeled vehicles, and more predictions about the year to come.

Emerging Tech

The People Who Read Your Airline Tweets

“There are a lot of whiners, but the good thing is we help the whiners, too.”

Data

Google's Mass-Shooting Misinformation Problem

When no reputable information is available, the search engine promotes fake news.

CIO Briefing

15 Things We Learned From the Tech Giants at the Senate Hearings

The key takeaways from two days of testimony about Russia’s electoral mischief during the 2016 election

Emerging Tech

Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google American Companies?

This week’s Senate hearing highlights a deep tension in the tech giants’ self-definitions.

CIO Briefing

Facebook’s Evidence of Russian Electoral Meddling Is Only ‘the Tip of the Iceberg’

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee believes Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren’t searching hard enough to learn the extent of Russian interference.