Why Juneteenth Went Viral

Why Juneteenth Went Viral

Until 2020, the world had never seen a holiday go viral. Nearly overnight, the business world—from Apple to ZocDoc—higher education, and even several NFL teams moved from, in some cases, complete ignorance to full recognition of Juneteenth. Today’s holiday is all the rage across America and beyond.The viral magic of Juneteenth starts with its name.…

Shelter In Place Works—If You Can Afford to Stay Home

Shelter In Place Works—If You Can Afford to Stay Home

Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the San Francisco Bay Area was one of the hotspots. The region moved quickly into containment mode: businesses shut, travel was restricted, city officials issued orders to stay home. And by most measures, it seemed to work: An outbreak that would overwhelm local hospitals never materialized. But rather than…

Apple’s WWDC will be one of its most important in years

Apple’s WWDC will be one of its most important in years

Apple’s expected to make big changes on the insides of its computers. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET People often obsess over the designs of Apple’s products: Their smooth glass screens, the aluminum and stainless steel edges, and the colorful designs. But one of Apple’s most attention-grabbing design changes may be on the inside rather than the outside. Apple…

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

Simone Browne is a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness. Browne studies how surveillance technologies have objectified, categorized, and repressed black people, from the panoptic slave ships of the Middle Passage to modern policing tools deployed against protesters. Amid recent police shootings…