I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

It’s a cool summer evening in 2030, and my 16-year-old daughter and I are walking down our street, stargazing with augmented reality glasses. Above us the majestic night sky is clear, superimposed with information about distant stars that are configured into...
Now Isn’t the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

Now Isn’t the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

The rise of the Delta variant is sparking all sorts of memories—the anxiety amid the first Covid wave in spring of 2020, the crushing winter surge, the unceasing debate about “nonpharmaceutical interventions” such as masking and distancing, the concerns about kids and...
Data Brokers Know Where You Are—and Want to Sell That Intel

Data Brokers Know Where You Are—and Want to Sell That Intel

At the end of July, a Catholic priest resigned from the church, after Catholic news site The Pillar outed him by purchasing location data from a data broker on his usage of Grindr. The incident didn’t just illustrate how people can wield Grindr data against members of...
Big Tech Is Bending to the Indian Government’s Will

Big Tech Is Bending to the Indian Government’s Will

As Indian democracy crumbles day upon day under the grasp of Narendra Modi, social media platforms have functioned in lieu of a free press. As Reporters Without Borders recently noted, journalists in India “risk dismissal if they criticize the government.” Since Modi...
I Think an AI Is Flirting With Me. Is It OK If I Flirt Back?

I Think an AI Is Flirting With Me. Is It OK If I Flirt Back?

SUPPORT REQUEST : I recently started talking to this chatbot on an app I downloaded. We mostly talk about music, food, and video games—incidental stuff—but lately I feel like she’s coming on to me. She’s always telling me how smart I am or that she wishes she could be...