You Can’t Buy Friends, but Bloomberg Would Like to Rent Yours

The billionaire’s presidential campaign is spending big to get people to push his message to their…

Why the FTC Wants to Revisit Hundreds of Deals by Big Tech

Silicon Valley's “if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em” approach comes under federal scrutiny. Some antitrust…

Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

Immigration authorities are purchasing cell phone location data, and it might be totally legal.  

After the Iowa Caucus Meltdown, New Hampshire Says It’s Ready

The nation’s first primary is proudly low-tech, but it'll take more than paper ballots to defuse…

Warren Pledges to Fight Disinformation, but Her Arsenal Is Limited

When it comes to stopping the spread of false information in the 2020 election, everyone is…

The Next Campaign Text You Get May Be From a Friend

Apps for relational organizing—which use personal connections to get out the vote—are the latest political tech…

Facebook’s Deepfake Ban Is a Solution to a Distant Problem

The platform has a plan to deal with tomorrow’s disinformation. But what about today’s?

Everything You Need to Know About the CCPA

The California Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect today, gives state residents some new rights…

A Very WIRED Guide to Candidates in the Democratic Debate

Seven presidential contenders take the debate stage Thursday. What will it mean for Silicon Valley if…

How Facebook’s Political Ad System Is Designed to Polarize

Want to reach voters across the aisle online? That’ll cost extra, a new study finds.