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Robinson Meyer

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

Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change

The company will begin estimating local carbon pollution from cities around the world.

Policy

The Tech Industry Is Fighting Trump—and Mostly Losing

Legal opposition and strongly worded remarks could not defeat the president’s travel ban.

Emerging Tech

Someone Flew a Drone Too Close to a Wildfire, Again

Firefighters in Colorado had to ground their aircraft for an hour.

CIO Briefing

Scott Pruitt’s New Rule Could Completely Transform the EPA

It would not only undermine 30 years of clean-air regulations, but radically restrict what science the agency is allowed to use.

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

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

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.