The Best Technology Journalism of 2018

A stroll through last year’s most informative and insightful tech writing.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
Steven Johnson. The New York Times

The Follower Factory
Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Richard Harris, and Mark Hansen. The New York Times

Net Neutrality May Be Dead in the US, but Europe Is Still Strongly Committed to Open Internet Access
Saleem Bhatti. The Conversation

Ethical Tech Will Require a Grassroots Revolution
Issie Lapowsky. WIRED

Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone’s Mic
Joanna Stern. The Wall Street Journal

‘I Made Steve Bannon’s Psychological Warfare Tool’: Meet the Data War Whistleblower
Carole Cadwalladr. The Guardian

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios
Josh Constine. TechCrunch

Europe’s New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More
Natasha Tiku. WIRED

Mind-reading tech is here (and more useful than you think!)
Mike Elgan. Computerworld

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality
Joshua Rothman. The New Yorker

Privacy Is Dead. Here’s What Comes Next
Christopher Mims. The Wall Street Journal

No One’s Ready for GDPR
Sarah Jeong. The Verge

Here’s Mary Meeker’s Essential 2018 Internet Trends Report
Josh Constine. TechCrunch

Amazon Is Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement — For a Fistful of Dollars
Elizabeth Dwoskin. Washington Post

Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub
Dina Bass and Eric Newcomer. Bloomberg

Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Medical Treatments
The Economist

Amazon Promises “Unwavering” Commitment to Police, Military Clients Using AI Technology
Lee Fang. The Intercept

How e-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China
Jiayang Fan. The New Yorker

Verizon Throttled Fire Department’s “Unlimited” Data During Calif. Wildfire
Jon Brodkin. Ars Technica

“What Have We Done?” Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster
Susan Fowler. Vanity Fair

You Can Never Go Back to the Old Twitter
Alexis C, Madrigal. The Atlantic

What Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg Taught Congress and Vice Versa
Farhad Manjoo. The New York Times

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things
Martin Giles interviewing Bruce Schneier. MIT Technology Review

Did Facebook’s Faulty Data Push News Publishers to Make Terrible Decisions on Video?
Laura Hazard Owen. Neiman Labs

Here’s How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
Issie Lapowsky. WIRED

Why Social Media Is Friend to Far-Right Politicians Around the World
Casey Newton. The Verge

Who Will Teach Silicon Valley to Be Ethical
Kara Swisher. The New York Times

The Long History Behind the Google Walkout
Marie Hicks. The Verge

Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Atul Gawande. The New Yorker

50 Years Later, We Still Don’t Grasp the Mother of All Demos
Klint Finley. WIRED

What the Marriott Breach Says About Security

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael H. Keller, and Aaron Krolik. The New York Times