We are soliciting pitches for an upcoming issue of Logic.
Logic is a magazine about technology and society that publishes three times per year, in print and digital formats. We’re trying to ask the right questions about how technology works, and whom it works for.
We’re seeking reported articles, features, essays, and profiles that match our theme, Security. We pay $150 for shorter essays of 1000-1200 words, and $400 for longer features of 2000-3000 words and up.
If you know of someone who should write for Logic, please share!
Call for Pitches: Security
Issue 10, Security: Spring 2020
Since the beginning, humans have made tools in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones. The simplest hut shelters you from at least some of the elements; a bow and arrow spares you doing hand-to-hand combat with a sabertooth tiger; a writing implement lets you tell future generations how to do the same. And yet. This issue will look at how we use technologies to stay safe—and the novel dangers that these same technologies create. Internet transmissions are inherently leaky. Becoming “smart” can make the most banal object hackable: your toaster becomes part of a botnet; your baby’s crib is a spy. Digital platforms have created new kinds of precarity, as they disrupt workplaces and algorithms handle scheduling and benefits. And however good your infosec, the human element is always unpredictable. Sometimes, all it takes to outwit the most sophisticated cybersecurity expert is a smile.
Possible topics include: cyberwar and spy apps; hacks, leaks, and breaches; authentication software and identity theft; scams, catfishes, and honeypots; patents, piracy, privacy, and preppers; the island compound of John McAfee; Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-cop bodyguards; predictive policing; securitization; Palantir; In-Q-Tel; “existential risk”; cyberbullying and social media anxiety; online “safetyism” and its discontents; sex education and consent apps; genetic screening and egg freezing; insurtech; food and housing security, and water wars; gig work, care work, and scheduling algorithms; “Im baby.”
Please send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 30, 2019, with the subject line “Pitch: Security Issue.”
If you send us a pitch don’t hear from us by the beginning of December, please know that we have passed on your proposal. We appreciate every submission—and the time put into them!—but as a small team are not always able to respond to every one.