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Issue 5


Failure explores how technology fails us—and how we fail technology. Machines malfunction, fall short of our expectations, or behave in weird and unhelpful ways. Software makes demands of us we can’t possibly fulfill. Startups die, and their founders fail up—or down. Venture capitalists lose money, and call it the cost of innovation. A win for some is a loss for others: technical and financial successes breed social and ecological failures.


Project Runway

The Editors

How to build a better failure.


The Undertakers of Silicon Valley

Adrian Daub

A report from the front lines of Silicon Valley’s failure industry.

How To Kill Your Tech Industry

Mar Hicks

A cautionary tale about how sexism helped destroy British computing.

The Automation Charade

Astra Taylor

Finding the human in the machine.

Engineers Don't Solve Problems

Dean Chahim

What the story of Mexico City’s struggle to stay above water teaches us about engineering.


The Servers Are Burning

Dale Markowitz

What happens when code explodes?

Freedom Isn't Free

Wendy Liu

An inquiry into the failure of the free software movement, and a proposal for recovering its radical soul.

Data Against Democracy

Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy

A dispatch from Kyrgyzstan about using data to help rig an election.

RadioShack Sucks

Charlie Muller

The rise and fall of the “gripe site,” and the corporate enclosure of the web.

The People’s Utility

Devin Kennedy

The internet isn’t a market. It’s a utility.

Different Ways of Moving Through the World

Ashley Shew

How does technology fail disabled bodies?

Nothing Ventured

Nick Serpe

A look at the rhetoric versus the reality of venture capital.


The Museum of Failed Startups

Gaia Scagnetti, Sha Hwang

The purest way to study startup as a culture is through failure.

First edition of Issue 5: Failure released August 01, 2018.