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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden


In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

Video/Data & Information

The information age traffics in speed. To adapt to it wisely, we must slow down

5 minutes

Video/Law & Justice

Why has the US military been flying a balloon over Kabul since 2009?

9 minutes


How DNA mugshots can solve crimes: Q & A with Kenneth Kidd

Kate Wheeling


Spray the DNA away – an artist’s stand against encroaching genetic surveillance

4 minutes

Idea/Digital Culture

It’s time to give up on the ideal of perfect privacy online

Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

Essay/Data & Information

Broken links

When no ancient chat or post is beyond the grasp of Google, what matters more: the right to forget, or to be remembered?

Alana Massey

Essay/Data & Information

Digital star chamber

Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know

Frank Pasquale

Video/Human Rights

How we confuse the ‘intended uses of technology with the actual uses’

11 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

All-seeing, all-knowing

Since imperial times Chinese governments have yearned for a perfect surveillance state. Will big data now deliver it?

James Palmer

Essay/Data & Information

Cover of darkness

The cypherpunks are winning the crypto-war against government spies. What will happen when everyone is anonymous?

Jamie Bartlett

Essay/Data & Information

Precognitive police

Predictive policing could help prevent crime. But do we want a future where computer oracles and spies track us from birth?

Henrick Karoliszyn

Essay/Human Rights

Reading Howl in China

My generation, once impassioned by the Western literature of rebellion, is now lulled by ‘Wealthy Socialism’

Xiaolu Guo

Essay/Political Philosophy

Life in the fishbowl

In the future, most people will live in a total surveillance state – and some of us might even like it

Stuart Armstrong

Essay/Film & Television

The reality show

Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense

Mike Jay

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Too much information

Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn't exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers

Ian Leslie


The machine gaze

As the boundaries between digital and physical dissolve, can the New Aesthetic help us see things more clearly?

Will Wiles