“There are lots of people in Crawfish Rock, for example, who never opted into a future where their ancestral home is all but immured by a gated community engaged in controversial forms of social and political experimentation.”
“Myanmar’s coup threatens to wipe out a generation of vloggers, influencers and tech entrepreneurs.”
“Mexico City has one of the most ambitious and sophisticated video surveillance systems in the world. But it hasn’t stopped crime.”
“Thanks to lax privacy laws and high consumer demand, details on everything from how you shop to who you date are all for sale.”
“South Korea’s Coupang promised to make e-commerce lightning fast. A Covid-19 outbreak at one of its warehouses shows that its workers paid the price.”
“The influencer industry has grown to be cozy with some unsavory governments, but its clout might not be as effective as it once was.”
“Uighurs in exile are fighting back against China’s techno-authoritarianism to locate their relatives who have been disappeared.”
Apps can and do help abused migrants find one another and escape abusive situations, but they ‘cannot fix structural inequalities, missing institutional capacity or a lack of human intent.'”
In South Korea, the cultural and familial pressure to conform is massive, and for many, crushing. Meet the individualist loners, the honjok, who are carving out a new way — and changing the Korean economy.
The annual Magh Mela pilgrimage and festival draws 250 million Hindu pilgrims to the spot in northern India where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati Rivers meet. How do you keep a crowd that big safe? Logistics, AI, and lots and lots of cameras. How do you balance safety, surveillance, and privacy? That’s less clear.