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What new kinds of scale does technology enable and demand? Why is scale such an important concept for the tech industry? What kinds of problems and possibilities do big tech, big data, big everything create? How do we govern, mobilize, moderate, democratize at scale?
Technology shrinks to grow, and grows to shrink.
A design researcher at Wikimedia discusses how to define online harassment—and how to stop it.
American entrepreneurs are teaming up with one of the world’s smallest countries to make outer space safe for extractive capitalism.
A conversation about building political alternatives with the internet.
A reflection on #MeToo, the death of print media, and the structure of the internet.
An anatomy of today’s tech monopolies, and a proposal for how to tame them.
A radical blueprint for data democracy.
The past, present, and future of Silicon Valley’s venture capital industry.
An inquiry into how social media platforms moderate content at an industrial scale.
An investigation into how software wires global supply chains, and what code conceals.
The Reciprocal Biomimicry Initiative
The world’s first program dedicated to systematically adapting human technologies to benefit other organisms.
How do we talk about technology in a way that helps us transform it?
Living within our means might require making our technology come alive.
A report on how digital technology has revolutionized gerrymandering.
Apps like Yelp and Foursquare don’t just map the city. They gentrify it.
What happens when small languages collide with smartphones and the internet?
What the hell is open-source agriculture?
A dispatch from the Other Bay Area.