Big Tech’s broad surveillance push violates privacy at best, and perpetuates racist over-policing at worst. It’s exactly the wrong choice for tenuous, tumultuous times.

By Joe Berkowitz

About a year before Jeff Bezos flew to space, he got called on the carpet. Amazon had just responded to George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police with a $10 million donation, when observers began pointing out Amazon’s flagrant hypocrisy. After all, the company had spent…

The executive director of Tulsa Remote asks (and answers): “What is the remote worker owed? And, to what extent, if at all, are remote workers different from their office-bound counterparts?”

By Ben Stewart

Overnight, remote work became the norm in 2020. In a rush to recreate our economy, America set aside certain lingering questions about the role of remote work in our permanent economy, and more pointedly, the role and rights of its workers. What is the remote worker owed…

The entrepreneurs, who all have experienced the problems they’re trying to solve, are teaming up with behavioral science nonprofit Ideas42 and Wells Fargo to create the tools that could have helped them

By Talib Visram

When LaToria Pierce was born, her mother was just 18 years old. She was 16 when Pierce’s older sister was born. Throughout her childhood, Pierce saw how her mother struggled financially, as she balanced work with childcare, living “a day at a time” on each paycheck. …

Being an ally when your hand is forced isn’t true allyship, here’s what is

By Bärí A. Williams

In the last year a lot of white people finally woke up to the vast inequities that people of color have lived with for generations. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are a must-have, not a nice-to-have, for every company and employee, and so true allyship has become…

As the pandemic continues, tech employees have new expectations for where they work. Here’s how tech companies from Apple and Google to Slack and GoPro are responding.

By Mark Sullivan

After big tech companies like Facebook and Google spent billions on cool office spaces and perks designed to keep workers at the office, those workers were suddenly able to do their jobs closer to home life and family during the pandemic. …

Even if you include the emissions from the battery and charging it with dirty energy, an EV has a smaller footprint than a gas-powered car

By Adele Peters

In the past, some studies claimed that electric vehicles (EVs) weren’t actually better for the environment: The energy used to make the battery plus the emissions from making electricity could make the total footprint worse than a gas-powered car. Or so the argument went. A detailed new…

Want total email privacy? Don’t click on any weird-looking links.

By Jared Newman

Earlier this week, DuckDuckGo branched out from its private browser and search engine with a new service called Email Protection.

The service, which is currently invite-only, gives users a unique email address that forwards messages to their real inbox. Along the way, DuckDuckGo strips out invasive…

During the pandemic, addiction treatment moved online. Now, a rush of new companies are trying to figure out how to make the process stick.

By Ruth Reader

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a stunning report that showed drug overdose deaths shot up 30% in 2020. While the pandemic has led to increased distress among Americans, it’s also opened the door for innovation in certain aspects of mental healthcare, especially…

The app that’s marketed as a tool for making communities safer has led to harassment — and at least one innocent person getting picked up by cops

By Granate Kim

Policing and police violence are at the forefront of public conversation. Some in the tech industry think they can help transform policing with apps, but the results have so far been disastrous, especially with the Citizen app. In essence, Citizen encourages people to take the law into…

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