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A theory of change

The kind of activism I do has a serious structural barrier: it’s esoteric. Even today, tech-policy issues are extremely niche. …


Your security is more valuable than a little social media entertainment

When my wife [NAME REDACTED FOR SECURITY REASONS] and I log into our bank account [NAME NOT SHARED FOR SECURITY REASONS] we’re often confronted with a series of “Security Questions,” basically privacy hurdles we have to jump to access our accounts from a different phone or computer.

It’s funny how…


What if more tech companies actually admitted when they got it wrong?

In late 2020, Twitter launched its Snapchat Stories clone, Fleets, to much fanfare. It promised a friendlier, easier way to share on Twitter, and potential to lower the barrier to entry for those that might be afraid to post.

Just seven months later, Twitter is killing the Fleets feature off…


Granting slack is a better choice than venting rage

You’d think the declining infection rates, incremental lifting of mask restrictions, and signs of a more social, physical, and prosperous stretch ahead would do a lot to raise spirits, lighten the mood, and reduce the high level of belligerence that has characterized the public discussion. …


Definitiveness is one of Twitter’s core characteristics. Should it be?

The following is a selection from Big Technology, a newsletter by Alex Kantrowitz. To get it in your inbox each week, you can sign up here.

Twitter is a game played on certainty, where nuance goes to die. The tweets with absolutist statements tend to collect the most retweets, no…


We must help one another strive for integrity over impact

Every piece, no matter how short, offers the writer an opportunity to cross the line — to exaggerate, fabricate, or cherry pick facts in a way that ever-so-slightly misrepresents reality for what feels like the greater good. Whether writing an extended essay about the conflict in the Middle East, or…


You don’t really want it to happen to you

Two years ago, I walked into my job at a local bookstore shaking with anxiety. I kept checking my phone, watching my notifications explode. …


OneZero is partnering with the Big Technology Podcast from Alex Kantrowitz to bring readers exclusive access to interview transcripts — edited for length and clarity — with notable figures in and around the tech industry.

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Time itself is now for sale

The world’s first tweet is now for sale as an NFT, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced last week. In an article about the news for CNN Business, writer Jazmin Goodwin details how NFTs (that is, non-fungible tokens) have become a way to buy and sell what were once unique and…


‘Twitter description guy’ isn’t a guy. It’s Twitter’s curation team, and I talked to the woman who runs it.

“Twitter description guy,” in users’ collective imagination, is a beleaguered soul, constantly scrambling to comprehend the bizarre subcultural memes that go viral on the site so that he can write sober-minded summaries of them for Twitter’s trending section. In December, Twitter’s description of a Minecraft-related trending topic led Twitch streamers…

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