Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Last weekend, the president of the United States urged Americans to vote twice in the upcoming election. This brazen—and illegal—suggestion spread quickly across social media and once again underscored the unprecedented risks of this election season: the Covid-19 pandemic, an onslaught of disinformation, and online echo chambers stoking vitriol that could turn to violence. With…

A Patient Dies After a Ransomware Attack Hits a Hospital

A Patient Dies After a Ransomware Attack Hits a Hospital

A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis,…