How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

For the past several nights, militarized police in cities across the United States have deployed armored vehicles and rubber bullets against protesters and bystanders alike. If you’re going out to protest—as is your right under the First Amendment—and bringing your smartphone with you, there are some basic steps you should take to safeguard your privacy.…

Want to Fix Urban Sprawl? Ditch the Cul-de-Sac

Want to Fix Urban Sprawl? Ditch the Cul-de-Sac

The world’s cities are growing fast. Half the human race already lives in urban areas, and another 2.5 billion people could join them by 2050, the United Nations forecasts. While urban growth is inevitable, urban sprawl—with its long commutes and increased congestion—doesn’t have to be.In the developed world, cities are slowly beginning to try to…

Covid-19 Is History’s Biggest Translation Challenge

Covid-19 Is History’s Biggest Translation Challenge

You, a person who’s currently on the English-speaking internet in The Year of The Pandemic, have definitely seen public service information about Covid-19. You’ve probably been unable to escape seeing quite a lot of it, both online and offline, from handwashing posters to social distancing tape to instructional videos for face covering. But if we…

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

Many of us have been working from home for months now—long enough that you’ve probably suffered at least one internet outage, or had to call your internet service provider to find out what’s wrong with your connection. ISP outages aren’t the only thing to worry about when working remotely: Blackouts, more common in warm temperatures,…