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.

Cybersecurity

What, Exactly, Were Russians Trying to Do With Those Facebook Ads?

From what we know now, it was too small to seriously influence the election, but too big to be an afterthought.

Data

Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World

The most important technological advances of the past decade are converging inside the battle for your phone’s camera.

IT Modernization

Why the New iPhone Is So Important

As Apple unveils the latest version of the most successful consumer product of all time, two charts show the critical juncture the company faces.

Emerging Tech

Southwest Florida's Electrical Grid Will Need a 'Wholesale Rebuild'

And several million people may be without power for weeks, thanks to Hurricane Irma.

Data

What We Don't Know About What Facebook Knows

If Facebook data has such a far reach, why does it contain basic errors of plausibility?