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I’ve scoured the internet to find the funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology today.

1 New privacy-focused apps are ill-equipped to meet the demands of moderation
It makes maintaining the balance between privacy and police surveillance more complicated. †WP
How to Have Honest Conversations with Kids About the Texas Shooting† †The Atlantic Ocean

2 Big Tech’s Lobbying Efforts Are Paying Off
Democrats are wary of backing antitrust legislation for fear of losing their slim majority. †Politics
Industry lobbyists have also successfully watered down privacy regulation efforts. the layout
What does breaking up Big Tech actually mean? (MIT Technology Review)

3 The comforting sense of touch is hard to replicate
But scientists are doing their best with sensors and prostheses. †National Geographic
Inventing soft things to solve difficult problems† (MIT Technology Review)

4 Our obsession with restoring nature is useless
Living ecosystems are not meant to be static environments, so why do we treat them as they are? †new statesman
“A Trillion Trees” Is A Great Idea – That Could Become A Dangerous Climate Distraction† (MIT Technology Review)

5 A Japanese Toy Company Has A Stake In 4Chan
And sexualized anime characters might explain why. †wired
The Evil Rumor That A Trans Person Was Responsible For The Texas Shooting Started On 4Chan† †rolling stone

6 Students Are Afraid Of Being Accused Of Cheating By An Algorithm
Schools rely too much on systems that can make erroneous assessments. †NYT

7 How Birth Control Could Change In A Post-Roe World
Includes “night before” pills and sperm-banned gels. †Neo.Life
Data collection likely to deteriorate if abortion is banned† †FT
Activists Help Texans Access Abortion Pills Online† †MIT Technology Review

8 African market traders are thriving thanks to supply chain startups
So they can order products in bulk without having to travel. †FT
Major blockchain projects are also pouring into the continent.Quartz

9 How to stay on top of the news without getting overwhelmed
Disabling notifications is a good start. †WP

10 An AI Painted A Disturbing Portrait Of The Queen
And critics are less than impressed with the result. †the guard
The dark secret behind those adorable AI-generated animal images† (MIT Technology Review)

The big story

Why you don’t really know what you know
October 2020

What does it actually mean to know something? How well can we understand the world when so much of our knowledge is based on the evidence and arguments of others?

These questions are not only of interest to scientists. Many other areas are becoming more complex and we have access to far more information and informed opinions than ever before. But at the same time, increasing political polarization and misinformation make it difficult to know who or what to trust. Read the full story.

—Matthew Hutson

We can still have nice things

A place for comfort, fun and distraction in these strange times. (Have any ideas? Message me or tweet them to me

+ If I wasn’t excited enough that Jurassic World Dominion will hit theaters next month, this list of the 20 best dinosaur movies tipped me over the edge.
+ The Sims answer to the Addams family is given a glamorous makeover
+ They sure are a lot of monkeys spread throughout art history.
+ An ambitious couple hopes to do that eat their way around the world by recreating meals from each country – in alphabetical order.
+ This love letter to cities is a reminder of what is so great about city life.