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October 2021


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Facebook Can't Be Saved

Facebook Can't Be Saved

Whistleblower Frances Haugen told senators that Facebook shouldn't be broken up, but its problems are a direct consequence of its size.


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It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

Many services meant to protect your Web browsing can no longer be trusted


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Losing Facebook Is Bad, but Losing WhatsApp Is Worse

 Losing Facebook Is Bad, but Losing WhatsApp Is Worse

What happens when you lose the encrypted messaging app everyone uses?


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Amazon Should Invent With Care

Amazon Should Invent With Care

Amazon's spirit of invention is refreshing, but technologists must think through the consequences.


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Big Tech's Congressional Circus Rolls On

Big Tech's Congressional Circus Rolls On

The Congressional response to Big Tech continues to underwhelm


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Section 230 and a Tragedy of the Commons

Section 230 and a Tragedy of the Commons

The dilemma of social media platforms.


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Broadening Participation by Teaching Accessibility

Broadening Participation by Teaching Accessibility

Strategies for incorporating accessibility into computing education.


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Remaining Connected Throughout Design

Remaining Connected Throughout Design

Applying the unique experiences of designing technologies for vulnerable communities.


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Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

The use and limits of bisection.


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Competitive Compatibility: Let's Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Giants

Competitive Compatibility

Seeking to make Big Tech less central to the Internet.


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AI Futures: Fact and Fantasy

AI Futures

Three books offer varied perspectives on the ascendancy of artificial intelligence.

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