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Issue 17


Home is so sad, it stays as it was left, a sad poet once wrote. But in the middle of a pandemic that has led many to turn their kitchens and couches into “home classrooms” and “offices,” and left many others unhoused, when online shopping is glutting global logistics and loved ones have been stranded for years across heavily surveilled borders, and as tech billionaire tourists blast into outer space, we know better. Home is as much a site of nostalgia as it is of constant change. As desperate parents ping Care.com with searches for domestic help, as Amazon intensifies its smart home spying equipment, as Zillow finds itself overleveraged trying to flip too many identical condos with cursive word signs that say things like RELAX, and as Evergrande threatens to blow up the global economy, this issue will explore how technologies make home, and vice versa.


Maslow’s 1BR

In the beginning, there was the nursery.


The Edtech Gold Rush

Kevin Miller

An inquiry into the latest edtech wave.

Democracy From the Bedroom

Paolo Gerbaudo, Rahel Süß

How the internet politicized our most intimate spaces.

Monitoring the Monitors

Alex Ahmed, Sarah Fox

How care-work gig platforms cultivate a culture of surveillance.

Turning Every Rooftop into Content

Brian Feldman

Inside the Zillow meme world.


Birthing Predictions of Premature Death

J. Khadijah Abdurahman

How family policing became data-driven.

Apartheid by Algorithm

Julien Migozzi

A report on computer-assisted housing discrimination in South Africa.


Lin Zhang, Tu Lan

Working from home on the peripheries.


Deep Learning and Human Disposability

Dan McQuillan

Toward an anti-fascist AI.

First edition of Issue 17: Home released August 22, 2022.