Once a week, we’ll give you a short update on what’s happening in social justice and tech.
The Internet gives people a fresh way to connect — but it can also be a new place for old biases to reassert themselves. We’re keeping an eye out for new problems, and creative new ways to address them.
March 25 2015
Apple’s HealthKit is a popular platform for tracking personal health and fitness data. But the platform has a striking omission: it doesn’t offer a way to track menstrual cycles.Read
March 18 2015
The FCC recently voted to reclassify broadband Internet service as a common carriage service. We summarize the order's key points, and survey initial reactions to it.Read
March 11 2015
The new app has no usernames, just anonymous posts by nearby users. It's a wide open environment that can be fun and spontaneous — but has also become a platform for racism, bullying, and abuse. The app's creators are tinkering with their system to make it more friendly.Read
February 25 2015
Users must pay a premium, or have their online traffic tracked and analyzed by the carrier.Read
January 28 2015
‘This American Life’ this week features a poignant story of internet harassment. Self-professed “fat” writer Lindy West describes a troll who impersonated her recently deceased father, researching personal details to make the impersonation realistic. But when Ms. West publicly described the pain of the experience, her troll revealed himself and apologized.Read