Inside the Ad Boycott That Has Facebook on the Defensive

"Interviews with leaders of the nine coalition partners reveal how the groups spun up a boycott idea in a matter of days, responding to the George Floyd protests late this spring and using public energy to join together several long-simmering, frustrated efforts to hold Facebook to account for its content."



Nick Clegg: Facebook’s Smooth New Political Fixer

"Facebook, with Clegg in the mix, is now an experiment. Many observers have noted, more as a warning than a compliment, that the biggest Silicon Valley companies are becoming international players of historic proportion, with day-to-day influence that even governments can’t match. Rather than trying to fight that idea, what if you owned it?"


Why Is Congress Still Meeting in Person?

"Since 9/11, disaster planners have been trying to warn Washington of the risks of a government based on stuffing all of America’s most important legislators into one place. Covid-19 is reviving the conversation in real time—but there’s a reason nothing has changed."

Is the Coronavirus Killing Off Cash?

"For more than 200 years, paper cash has been at the heart of the American economy. How close could coronavirus come to killing off cash—and if it does, is society ready?"


Facebook Friends: How Close Are Mark Zuckerberg and Pete Buttigieg Really?

"In early 2017, Mark Zuckerberg was gaming out his personal challenge for the year—an epic listening tour to meet with Americans from every state in the U.S. The Facebook CEO hadn’t checked off Indiana yet, but he had an idea where he wanted to go. He just needed help with the execution."



The House Democrat Taking On Silicon Valley

"People all over the political map are angry at the American tech industry right now, from Democrats who want to break up the 'big four' of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook to Republicans—including Trump himself—who think the industry and its products are biased against conservatives. Cicilline, however, is in a position to do something about it."


Is Andrew Yang for Real?

"He is offering what may be the single most specific diagnosis of the problem at the heart of the American economy, and has proposed a solution that no other candidate has fully embraced. In the 2020 campaign, Yang is the self-appointed explainer-in-chief for an age rattled by technology."

How a Liberal Think Tank Is Driving 2020 Dems to Crack Down on Big Tech

"Open Markets believes the major online companies need government intervention, including in some cases breaking them apart the way Standard Oil was split more than a century ago. And it's seizing the political moment created by Donald Trump's surprise 2016 election victory, which has put the tech industry on the defensive over everything from Russian disinformation to data privacy."


Kamala Harris’ Crusade Against ‘Revenge Porn’

"'Mike Masnick, who writes the influential blog Techdirt and has emerged as a critic, worries that Harris’ approach threatens to destroy an online ecosystem that, despite its problems, has produced a flourishing of ideas and tools and human connections. 'It’s something of a populist position,' he says of Harris’ legal push, 'but I fear where that populist position ends up undermining the internet as we know and love it.'"


Can Washington Be Automated? 

"This kind of data-crunching might sound hopelessly wonky, a kind of baseball-stats-geek approach to Washington. But if you’ve spent years attempting to make sense of the Washington information ecosystem—which can often feel like a swirling mass of partially baked ideas, misunderstandings and half-truths—the effect is mesmerizing."


How Steve Case Became Washington's Tech Whisperer

"Everyone here—the politicians, the founders, a healthy helping of Capitol Hill staff—was in the room at the invitation (and in the founders’ case, on the dime of) someone whose name some of the younger participants could be forgiven for otherwise not knowing: America Online founder Steve Case."


Silicon Valley Sends its Ambassador to Appalachia

"If the goal is keeping Appalachian people in the rolling hills of Paintsville and Pikesville and Harlan County, not fleeing to places like Ypsilanti and Cincinnati, America’s tech boom might be the last best hope. 'We can't afford to be too resentful,' said [Rep. Hal Rogers]. 'We'd rather sleep here.'"


Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

"Toronto’s eastern waterfront is bleak enough that Guillermo del Toro’s gothic film The Shape of Water used it as a plausible stand-in for Baltimore circa 1962. Says Adam Vaughan, a former journalist who represents this district in Canada’s Parliament, 'It’s this weird industrial land that’s just been sitting there—acres and acres of it. And no one’s really known what to do with it.'"


The Black Car Company People Love to Hate

"[T]he battle is on, all across the country, to determine whether Uber will remake the transportation market or whether the transportation market will remake Uber first. There’s no better place to understand that fight than where regulations are both business and sport: Washington, D.C."

When the Internet Nearly Fractured, and How It Could Happen Again

"Kashpureff came to see that the Internet was coming increasingly under the control of a tiny 'cabal' of academics, industry figures and government entities. And he wasn't going to just stand by and watch while the establishment took over."

Welcome to Winnipeg, Now Don't Move

"No matter where you stand on the issue, the U.S. immigration apparatus looks rigid. What would happen if you had one nimble enough to match the people who would love to come here from China, Nigeria, Ukraine or beyond, with those cities and towns in the U.S. that — national debate be damned — would very much like to have them there?"

Carl Malamud, Washington's I.T. Guy

"Malamud is betting that he can get this administration to see the wisdom in open-source government. His success or failure will speak volumes about whether Washington will reap the benefits of the Internet age -- or whether the current celebration of technology culture will simply fade away."

Ace in the Allegheny

"A boutique hotel is a bet on placemaking, the notion that with a few mindful tweaks here and there, you can create an environment to which city dwellers and city aficionados are usefully drawn."

Punk Politico

"Revolution Messaging's CEO Scott Goodstein is out to prove that prove that all digital politics is personal, too. 'He’s one of the most unique people I’ve ever met," Todd Thompson, a political organizer for the Teamsters, a Revolution client, says of Goodstein. 'And I meet a lot of people.'"

Tech & the City: Can Mayor Bloomberg Really Engineer an Innovation Economy?

"What’s new here isn’t the notion that a clustered industry can bring more investment, more jobs and more innovation to an urban landscape. What’s new is New York City’s plan to erect a school with the intention of pushing its tech industry to full-cluster — and getting there soon."


Julian Assange, Media Mogul



Code For America: Beyond Code In The Tomorrow City 


The New Interface of Governance 


Crowdsourcing the Genome