An Algorithm Is Helping a Community Detect Lead Pipes

The model had shown promise in Flint before officials rebelled. Now Toledo is using it, while…

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

Phone calls. Web searches. Location tracks. Smart speaker requests. They’ve become crucial tools for law enforcement,…

Do Diverse Corporate Boards Lead to a Fairer Workplace?

Nasdaq wants at least one woman and one underrepresented minority among directors at listed companies. The…

As Cities Curb Surveillance, Baltimore Police Took to the Air

In a program that overcame three court challenges this year, planes with high-tech cameras circled the…

Did a University Use ****** Recognition to ID Students?

University of Miami students accuse the campus police of using the software. Administrators deny it, but…

This Film Examines the Biases in the Code That Runs Our Lives

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya says women and people of color look at technology from the outside—and have…

Apps Are Now Putting the Parole Agent in Your Pocket

The pandemic has stirred interest in smartphone software for remotely monitoring parolees and people on probation.…

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

Ballot measures were approved in California to restrict commercial use of user data and in Michigan…

It’s Hard to Escape Facebook’s Vortex of Polarization

Suggesting other news sources only reinforces users' political beliefs. Another study finds that quitting the social…

How Police Can ***** Locked Phones—and Extract Information

A report finds 50,000 cases where law enforcement agencies turned to outside firms to bypass the…