Culture

  • 23 Mar 2021

How Amazon helped create an America in despair

‘A big goal of my book is to get the average upper-middle class consumer to reckon more with what’s behind the one-click,’ Alec MacGillis told Protocol.

  • 22 Mar 2021

Why Trump’s social media network will be an epic failure

I’ve seen a lot of dumb startup pitches in my day, but a Donald Trump-branded social media network takes the stupid cake. All I can figure is, we’re exactly two months away from the FBI’s birthday and team Trump’s determined to get the old agency the perfect gift this year. Or maybe Trump just really …

  • 22 Mar 2021

Europe is starting to freak out about the launch dominance of SpaceX

The Falcon 9 has come to dominate commercial satellite launches.

  • 21 Mar 2021

Monty Python’s John Cleese Sells the Brooklyn Bridge as an NFT

The British comic legend calls the world ‘terminally insane’ for NFTs while announcing the auction of his own NFT art.

  • 20 Mar 2021

TikTok is repeating Facebook’s mistakes in Myanmar

The social media platform is scrambling to take down threatening videos and misinformation posted by the Burmese military, but activists want to know why it wasn’t prepared.

  • 19 Mar 2021

Researchers Have Figured Out a Way to Stop People From Sharing Misinformation

A new study in Nature suggests that shifting reader attention online can help combat the spread of misinformation, ‘fake news,’ and misleading political stories.

  • 19 Mar 2021

Hulu’s WeWork documentary depicts the rise and fall of a cult

Hulu’s WeWork documentary takes a look at the dramatic rise and fall of a company, but it can’t get a handle on the enigma at the heart of its story.

  • 19 Mar 2021

With misinformation on the march, The Wall Street Journal hopes to improve news literacy

As January’s violent assault on the US Capitol demonstrated, viral rumors and conspiracy theories can have deadly consequences. The Drum discovers how The Wall Street Journal is taking responsibility for its readers’ media literacy.

  • 18 Mar 2021

YouTube Explains Why a Racist Steven Crowder Video Didn’t Violate Hate Speech Rules

A grotesque segment mocking Black farmers illustrates just how much bigotry a conservative star can get away with.

  • 18 Mar 2021

YouTube Explains Why a Racist Video Didn’t Violate Its Hate Speech Rules

A grotesque segment mocking Black farmers illustrates just how much bigotry a conservative star can get away with.

  • 18 Mar 2021

The Unionizing Workers Who Became Amazon's Biggest Threat

How a strong union tradition in Bessemer, Alabama led workers to challenge one of the world’s most powerful companies.

  • 18 Mar 2021

Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

The technologist and philanthropist goes beyond his recent book to talk about climate denial, vaccines, and David Foster Wallace.

  • 17 Mar 2021

Teen Who Hacked Twitter to Within an Inch of Its Life Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

The resultant scam, which encouraged Twitter users to send the teen hacker bitcoin, garnered about $117,000 in bitcoin before it was shut down.

  • 16 Mar 2021

Google-backed journalism study points to a local news resurgence

Google-backed local news initiative Project Oasis has found that the amount of small publishers in North America has grown by 50 percent over the past five years despite media outlets facing financial insecurity.

  • 15 Mar 2021

Open-source team details the complexities in bringing Linux to Apple’s M1 Macs

The Asahi Linux project has published the first progress report detailing its effort to port Linux to the the M1 Macs.

  • 15 Mar 2021

How tech workers feel about China, AI and Big Tech’s tremendous power

Protocol’s inaugural Tech Employee Survey dives deep into how employees across tech feel about the existential issues facing their industry.

  • 14 Mar 2021

Disney forecast to steal Netflix’s crown as world’s biggest streaming firm

On back of Disney+ service launched in 2019, company predicted to be No 1 by 2024

  • 14 Mar 2021

We all hate Facebook. So why aren't we deleting our accounts?

‘I do not enjoy the platform at all.’

  • 14 Mar 2021

Video Games Are Helping More People Process Death

Many are seeking solace and connection in-game during the pandemic, and learning to deal with loss at the same time.

  • 12 Mar 2021

'Non-fungible tokens': the etymology behind this new digital swag

Sadly, it has nothing to do with fungus

  • 18 Feb 2021

Why do video games matter? 20 books every player should read

Why do we play? How do games work? From games philosophy to sci-fi, here are 20 delightful and essential reads for gamers

  • 1 Jan 2021

Robin Williams's widow: 'There were so many misunderstandings about what had happened to him'

Susan Schneider Williams watched her husband suffer with undiagnosed Lewy body dementia before he killed himself in 2014. Her new film tries to educate others about the condition – and put to rest assumptions about his death