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18 Nov 2019

Are New Smart Devices Really Better Than Old Dumb Ones?

As our country’s permanent festival of capitalism and conspicuous consumption marches forward, prepare for some holiday-infused reminders of what you, your family, and friends must absolutely buy to stay happy. And this year, what you absolutely need to buy is the Internet, but on devices.

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15 Nov 2019

How the Spotify Algorithm is Ruining My Work Life

Algorithms increasingly seem to be running our lives. They’re used in courts, hospitals, and banks. The use of the algorithms bring up a lot of concerns about bias, privacy, and the kind of content they share. I have a much more basic problem with them: they’re stupid.

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11 Nov 2019

Why DNA Tests Might be a Terrible Idea

DNA tests—like those offered by companies 23andMe, Ancestry.com, and FamilyTreeDNA—come with a simple promise. In exchange for cash and some spit in a tube, you can learn your deepest, most ancestral secrets.

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06 Sep 2019

That Racist You’re Arguing With Might Just be a Bot

In early July, Disney announced that it had cast Halle Bailey to play Ariel in its live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Bailey is one of the stars of Grown-ish and one half of the singing group Chole x Hailey. She’s also going to be the first black woman to play a live-action Disney princess. The backlash against this casting was swift…supposedly.

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26 Aug 2019

What the Hell is Blockchain, and Why Won’t Men Stop Telling Me About it?

You’ve heard about it on dates. You’ve read about it on Tinder profiles. You’ve seen it emblazoned on startup t-shirts worn at 21st Amendment.

“Blockchain.”

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22 Aug 2019

Google Employees Refuse to Work With ICE or Border Protection Agencies

1293 Google and employees and 79 other supporters have pledged publicly not to support US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ICE, or Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) with any infrastructure, funding, or engineering resources, directly or indirectly, until they stop engaging in human rights abuse

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19 Aug 2019

How to Use Tech for Activism

Our Tech Column was made possible by the fine folks at Mozilla Firefox.  The nonprofit Mozilla Foundation believes the Internet must always remain a global public resource that is open and accessible to all.  And that’s why we love Firefox as our browser, and you should too. It’s also why we’re

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12 Aug 2019

How to Stay Safe Online, Even if You’re Broke

Staying safe in the real world can be a hassle. Installing a home security network? Expensive. Training a guard dog? Time-consuming. Hiding your wallet in an under-the-pants fanny pack? Sweaty. Luckily, staying safe online is more manageable. In fighting back against hackers, viruses, and online trackers, here are some of the easiest, cheapest ways to protect you and your data when using the Internet.

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