Sidney Fussell

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Facebook Allows Drug Ads to Target Teens, Activists Say

The social network has rules about what can be shown to minors. The Tech Transparency Project found that they aren’t being enforced.Teenagers on Facebook can be targeted by ads endorsing alcohol, drugs,...

A Border Town Confronts the Reality of Police Surveillance

Chula Vista police have deployed drones and other tech. Now residents are pushing back, after reports that data was shared with immigration authorities.In 2019, the border town of Chula Vista, about 15...

New York Returns Its Police ‘Robodog’ After a Public Outcry

City residents and elected officials pushed back after videos showed the Boston Dynamics robot in action. The New York Police Department said Thursday it will stop using the “Digidog,” a four-legged robot occasionally...

Groups Call for Ethical Guidelines on Location-Tracking Tech

The Locus Charter asks companies to commit to 10 principles, including minimizing data collection and actively seeking consent from users.As smartphone apps track our every move, a group of technologists in the...

A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots

Officers’ use of Boston Robotics’ Digidog intensifies concerns about militarization of the police.New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he “watched in horror” last month when city police responded to a hostage...

Black Tech Employees Rebel Against ‘Diversity Theater’

Companies pledged money and support for people of color. But some say they still face a hostile work environment for speaking out or simply doing their jobs.  In each of...

Those Most Likely to Get Covid Are Last in Line for Vaccines

Distribution plans that favor people with time and internet access hurt Black and Latinx people disproportionately. Since December, about 31 million doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in the...

The Next Target for a Facial Recognition Ban? New York

San Francisco, Oakland, and other cities have enacted moratoriums on government use of the tech. New York looks like a harder sell. Civil rights activists have successfully pushed for bans...

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