Homeless in the Shadow of Apple’s $5 Billion Campus

“A group of ex-tech workers, gig employees, and locals priced out of the housing market are fighting for affordable housing in Silicon Valley.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Apr 8, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,591 words)

Hex Factor: Inside the Group Offering $250,000 for Proof of Superpowers

“Applicants come from all over the world and make all kinds of claims, but the one thing they have in common is that every single person appears to genuinely believe they do, in fact, possess abilities that science cannot explain.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Feb 23, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,951 words)

The Giving Apps: How Venmo and Cash App Upended a Century-Old Charity Model

“In 2020, Venmoing total strangers in need became a radical act of support — and trust.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Dec 2, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,847 words)

I Live With a Digital Security Threat Inside My Body

“A device connected to my heart could save my life. It could also be hacked.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Nov 18, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,353 words)

The Social Media Managers Are Not Okay

“They’re on the front lines of a relentless and overwhelming news cycle that is pushing them to the edge.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Nov 9, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,931 words)

I Watched My Friend Dying on Facebook. But It Was All a GoFundMe Scam.

“How a group of friends ended up donating over $100,000 to a sick friend — who was perfectly fine.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,758 words)

A Popular Online Learning Platform Was Actually Created by an Underground Religious ‘Cult’

OneZero investigates remote learning platform Acellus and its cult leader, Roger Billings, who has been accused of violence and abuse.

Source: OneZero
Published: Oct 10, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,885 words)

The Privileged Have Entered Their Escape Pods

“There’s no Dropbox plan that will let us upload body and soul to the cloud. We are still here on the ground, with the same people and on the same planet we are being encouraged to leave behind.” Author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff asks: how much are we allowed to use technology and our wealth to isolate ourselves from the pandemic and the troubles of our world?

Source: OneZero
Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,401 words)

Death of a Smart City

“Alphabet bet big in Toronto. Toronto didn’t play along.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Aug 12, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,038 words)

This Woman Inspired One of the First Hit Video Games by Mapping the World’s Longest Cave

“Patricia Crowther’s ex-husband coded her cave maps into one of the first hit adventure games in the 1970s, and she had no idea.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Jul 15, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,278 words)