Ex-Googler Meredith Whittaker on Political Power in Tech, the Flaws

Ex-Googler Meredith Whittaker on Political Power in Tech, the Flaws of ‘The Social Dilemma,’ and More. In a new interview, the tech labor activist and A.I. researcher discusses major issues in Silicon Valley today

Yelp’s Luther Lowe on the ‘Seismic’ Antitrust Case Against Google

Yelp’s Luther Lowe on the ‘Seismic’ Antitrust Case Against Google. This week, Kantrowitz sits down with Yelp's SVP public policy Luther Lowe in an “emergency” podcast to talk about the antitrust case against Google.

Facebook and Twitter’s Inconsistencies Are Turning the 2020 Election Into a New Nightmare

Facebook and Twitter’s Inconsistencies Are Turning the 2020 Election Into a New Nightmare. After botching an October Surprise, can these platforms act coherently in November?

‘New York Times’ Ben Smith Talks Slack, Newsroom Politics, and Tech Regulation

‘New York Times’ Ben Smith Talks Slack, Newsroom Politics, and Tech Regulation. Plus, why Twitter is a double-edged sword

‘Social Dilemma’ Star Tristan Harris Responds to Criticisms of the Film

‘Social Dilemma’ Star Tristan Harris Responds to Criticisms of the Film, Netflix’s Algorithm, and More. In a new interview, the former Google design ethicist weighs in on the backlash to the popular Netflix doc

A VC Explains Why VCs Are So Pissed Off Right Now

A VC Explains Why VCs Are So Pissed Off Right Now. A conversation with Bloomberg Beta venture capitalist Roy Bahat

Frankenstein Politics: Facebook’s Anti-China Campaign Spins Out of Its Control

Frankenstein Politics: Facebook’s Anti-China Campaign Spins Out of Its Control. After months of anti-TikTok rhetoric, Facebook had second thoughts when its rival faced a ban

Inside the World’s ‘Most Sophisticated’ Surveillance System

Inside the World’s ‘Most Sophisticated’ Surveillance System, With BuzzFeed News’ Megha Rajagopalan. A leading China reporter talks to Alex Kantrowitz about surveillance, internet censorship, and the internment of Muslims in Xinjiang

Apple at a Crossroads: An Interview With M.G. Siegler

Apple at a Crossroads: An Interview With M.G. Siegler. Apple’s identity, the Epic Games beef, and brewing competition with Facebook

Why the TikTok Deal Could Blow Up in Its Buyer’s Face

A series of under-appreciated risks make acquiring TikTok anything but a sure thing. The bidders are reportedly now considering buying TikTok without the algorithm, a sign they're not approaching this deal with the necessary level of sophistication.

Why Tech Companies Need Science Fiction Writers On Staff

One night last spring, my apartment’s buzzer went off. Meg Elison, an award-winning science fiction writer, was waiting downstairs. She’d agreed to come by for a strange experiment.

Outputs vs. the Machine

We must change the conversation about the tech giants’ problems if we want solutions. When a Facebook video of doctors sharing bad coronavirus information reached 20 million people last week, you could almost predict the reaction.

The Great Slacklash Is Coming

Sitting among peers at a gathering a few years ago, an exasperated Silicon Valley CEO seemed ready to get rid of Slack. “It’s one of my biggest regrets,” he said.

The Brilliance of All Gas No Brakes

People are joining fringe movements in search of meaning. It’s one thing to read about it, another to see it. As he prepared to go hunting for Bigfoot, Andrew Callaghan picked up the phone.

The U.S. Government Is Addicted to the Tech Giants’ Success.

The government is more likely to invest in the tech giants than break them up. Inthe months leading up to Wednesday’s tech giant hearing, the U.S.

Apple Searches for an Identity

‘Our customers want to know who is Apple, and what is it that we stand for,’ Steve Jobs once said. Do we know today? Apple doesn’t typically bungle its marketing.

Why People Can’t Stand Tech Journalists: An Interview With Casey Newton

The Verge’s Silicon Valley editor discusses tech media, recent issues with Facebook, and more

Inside Big Tech’s Years-Long Manipulation of American Op

Why you should probably read opinion pieces supporting the tech giants with skepticism. For years, the tech giants and organizations they fund have pushed op-eds from small-business owners, think tanks, and academics into US newspapers without disclosing their involvement.