The Controversial Theory That Explains the Structure of the Internet
New evidence challenges one of the most celebrated ideas in network science.
When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair
Like it or not, the middle class became global citizens through consumerism—and they did so at the mall.
People Will Always Get Lost
GPS-equipped smartphones were supposed to put an end to going off course. They didn't, and they never will.
China’s Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious
The PRC’s “social credit” scheme might have consequences for life in cities everywhere.
Stop Saying ‘Smart Cities’
Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient.
How Humans Sank New Orleans
Engineering put the Crescent City below sea level. Now, its future is at risk.
The Origins of Diversity Data in Tech
Tracy Chou’s call to action in 2013 preceded an industry-wide release of numbers.
The Case for Locking Up Your Smartphone
Lockers and sleeves for phones can feel like an infringement on personal rights, but they also might save...
There’s a Sexual-Harassment Epidemic on America’s Farms
Many of the women who work in agriculture often have few options but to put up with abuse...
My Pacemaker Is Tracking Me From Inside My Body
Cloud-connected medical devices save lives, but also raise questions about privacy, security, and oversight. An Object Lesson.