The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong

21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries. Read more »

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots

The AI advances that brought you Alexa are teaching propaganda how to talk. Read more »

Kenya’s technology evolved. Its political problems stayed the same.

Long before the internet, hate speech flourished in echo chambers of a different kind. Read more »

The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws

vTaiwan is a promising experiment in participatory governance. But politics is blocking it from getting greater traction. Read more »

Who needs democracy when you have data?

Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance. Read more »

Noon in the antilibrary

Science fiction: What happens when fake news is everywhere? Read more »

Why robots helped Donald Trump win

Toledo has more robots per worker than any other US city. They’re producing a healthy economy—and lots of anxiety. Read more »
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