Tech

Encryption is going mainstream, and some tech companies "throw away the key" so they can't decrypt messages even when police get a warrant. The government says that's taking privacy too far.
We checked in with educators to see what tools their students are using to create entries for NPR's Student Podcast Challenge.
Combat helmets have always been made to protect against blunt objects, not blast waves. Despite improvements in helmet design, battlefield brain injuries continue.
California district attorneys are using an algorithm to expunge some 85,000 marijuana-related convictions. The tech identifies eligible cases, allowing prosecutors to comply with Prop 64.
The Internet startup Tillable wants to match farmers with farmland available for rent. The problem? Farmers already on that land fear their farm data is being used against them.
While other sites keep updating, Craigslist just looks old. "It's like a shark that's never had to evolve," says Jessa Lingel, who's written about the history of Craigslist.
Journalist Steven Levy's rich history of the social network traces Facebook's cascading crises to the worldview and early decisions of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Japan rethought the bathroom. Why hasn't America?
Middle and high schools have been adding courses about how to spot fake news. Older adults also struggle to sort disinformation online, but they have fewer resources tackling the problem.
American companies are curbing travel and pulling out of big events as they try to limit their employees' exposure to the growing outbreak
Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey is at risk of losing his job after a powerful investor is pushing for change. It thinks Dorsey, who is also CEO of another company, is not focused enough on Twitter.
For the first time in U.S. history, the federal government is trying to count most households through the Internet for the once-a-decade census, but the rollout has been fraught with risks.
Companies are curbing employee travel and canceling major events as they try to minimize disruption from the growing coronavirus outbreak.
Twitter's new policy attempts to flag and provide greater context for content that the platform believes to have been "significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated."
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The biggest day of voting so far in 2020 wasn't faultless, but it also might have gone much worse. Moves and countermoves are afoot to influence Americans and protect the vote.
U.S. companies are trying to limit disruption from the coronavirus outbreak by curtailing travel and telling some employees to work from home. Several major tech firms are among the latest to act.
Organizers, public officials, musicians and other performers are very publicly grappling with competing priorities — and are trying to find innovative ways to deal with canceled events worldwide.
A cache of Instagram posts has yielded what researchers call a more up-to-date look at election interference operations. Much of it is familiar but now executed with more sophistication.
As the world watches the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, epidemiologists are watching simulations of that outbreak on their computers to try to predict what might happen next.