The information age began with dreams of a common language. The internet would let any network speak to any other. It has since been described as many kinds of places to gather: a public square, a mall, a street, a garden, or utopia, which is another way of saying no (real) place at all.
In this issue we explore shared standards and protocols that make possible new forms of civic life, ownership, aid, and their opposites, at the same time that they differentiate us ever more precisely. Online, you are unique like everybody else.
Towards the construction of common places.
Panopticons and Leviathans: Oscar H. Gandy, Jr. on Algorithmic Life
A conversation about life and death in a computerized world.
A new website is putting eviction data at tenant organizers’ fingertips.
Two’s a magazine, three’s an organizing committee.
Working in the belly of a beast.
A genealogy of one of the most important datasets in AI.
A report on the dangerous politics of a new emoji.
Specter in the Machine
The story of a mailing list that tried to make a revolution.
The Fort Rodman Experiment
An inquiry into tech’s long history of failing to diversify.
A recipe for a cookshop of the future.
An inside look at how the LAPD uses Palantir to spy on virtually everyone.
The case for why you should be a Luddite.
You Can’t Count Your Way Out of This
Fugitive computing and practices of care.