The Best Technology Journalism of 2018

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

January
Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
Steven Johnson. The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/magazine/beyond-the-bitcoin-bubble.html

The Follower Factory
Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Richard Harris, and Mark Hansen. The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/27/technology/social-media-bots.html

Net Neutrality May Be Dead in the US, but Europe Is Still Strongly Committed to Open Internet Access
Saleem Bhatti. The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/net-neutrality-may-be-dead-in-the-us-but-europe-is-still-strongly-committed-to-open-internet-access-89521

February
Ethical Tech Will Require a Grassroots Revolution
Issie Lapowsky. WIRED
https://www.wired.com/story/center-for-humane-technology-tech-addiction/

March
Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone’s Mic
Joanna Stern. The Wall Street Journal
https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-really-is-spying-on-you-just-not-through-your-phones-mic-1520448644

‘I Made Steve Bannon’s Psychological Warfare Tool’: Meet the Data War Whistleblower
Carole Cadwalladr. The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios
Josh Constine. TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/18/move-fast-and-fake-things/

Europe’s New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More
Natasha Tiku. WIRED
https://www.wired.com/story/europes-new-privacy-law-will-change-the-web-and-more/

April
Mind-reading tech is here (and more useful than you think!)
Mike Elgan. Computerworld
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268132/emerging-technology/mind-reading-tech-is-here-and-more-useful-than-you-think.html

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality
Joshua Rothman. The New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/are-we-already-living-in-virtual-reality

May
Privacy Is Dead. Here’s What Comes Next
Christopher Mims. The Wall Street Journal
https://www.wsj.com/articles/privacy-is-dead-heres-what-comes-next-1525608001

No One’s Ready for GDPR
Sarah Jeong. The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/22/17378688/gdpr-general-data-protection-regulation-eu

Here’s Mary Meeker’s Essential 2018 Internet Trends Report
Josh Constine. TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/30/internet-trends-2018/

Amazon Is Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement — For a Fistful of Dollars
Elizabeth Dwoskin. Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/22/amazon-is-selling-facial-recognition-to-law-enforcement-for-a-fistful-of-dollars/

June
Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub
Dina Bass and Eric Newcomer. Bloomberg
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-03/microsoft-is-said-to-have-agreed-to-acquire-coding-site-github

Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Medical Treatments
The Economist
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/06/07/artificial-intelligence-will-improve-medical-treatments

July
Amazon Promises “Unwavering” Commitment to Police, Military Clients Using AI Technology
Lee Fang. The Intercept
https://theintercept.com/2018/07/30/amazon-facial-recognition-police-military/

How e-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China
Jiayang Fan. The New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/23/how-e-commerce-is-transforming-rural-china

August
Verizon Throttled Fire Department’s “Unlimited” Data During Calif. Wildfire
Jon Brodkin. Ars Technica
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/verizon-throttled-fire-departments-unlimited-data-during-calif-wildfire/

“What Have We Done?” Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster
Susan Fowler. Vanity Fair
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/08/silicon-valley-engineers-fear-they-created-a-monster

September
You Can Never Go Back to the Old Twitter
Alexis C, Madrigal. The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/09/twitter-reverse-chron/570589/

What Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg Taught Congress and Vice Versa
Farhad Manjoo. The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/technology/jack-dorsey-sheryl-sandberg-congress-hearings.html

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things
Martin Giles interviewing Bruce Schneier. MIT Technology Review
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611948/for-safetys-sake-we-must-slow-innovation-in-internet-connected-things/

October
Did Facebook’s Faulty Data Push News Publishers to Make Terrible Decisions on Video?
Laura Hazard Owen. Neiman Labs
http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/10/did-facebooks-faulty-data-push-news-publishers-to-make-terrible-decisions-on-video/

Here’s How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
Issie Lapowsky. WIRED
https://www.wired.com/story/new-tool-shows-how-bots-drive-conversation-for-news-events/

Why Social Media Is Friend to Far-Right Politicians Around the World
Casey Newton. The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/30/18040510/stochastic-terrorism-democratic-recession-gab

Who Will Teach Silicon Valley to Be Ethical
Kara Swisher. The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/opinion/who-will-teach-silicon-valley-to-be-ethical.html

November
The Long History Behind the Google Walkout
Marie Hicks. The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/9/18078664/google-walkout-history-tech-strikes-labor-organizing

Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Atul Gawande. The New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/12/why-doctors-hate-their-computers

December
50 Years Later, We Still Don’t Grasp the Mother of All Demos
Klint Finley. WIRED
https://www.wired.com/story/50-years-later-we-still-dont-grasp-the-mother-of-all-demos/

What the Marriott Breach Says About Security
 KrebsOnSecurity
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/12/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
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html