To his friends and family, Ross Ulbricht was a compassionate, warm soul known for random acts of kindness. To the F.B.I., he was Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind behind the Silk Road who was willing to order hits to protect his black market operation.
Sunday, January 19
Wednesday, January 8
How and why the goverment pulled Silicon Valley into the war on terror.
Tuesday, January 7
An ambivalent look at Google Glass, the “Model T of wearable computing.”
Monday, January 6
How violent threats made online go unchecked.
Sunday, January 5
Unpacking the 76,897 micro-genres that make up the cinematic DNA.
Friday, January 3
A profile of Evgeny Morozov, “either the most astute, feared, loathed, or useless writer about digital technology working today.”
Friday, December 27
The rise of automatic number plate recognition and its real-world consequences.
How a 20-something made millions as an e-commerce hustler.
Saturday, December 21
“This is a story about how the future gets weird.”
Sunday, December 1
At 9:14pm on November 22, 1987, sportscaster Dan Roan was doing the Bears highlights on Chicago’s WGN-TV when the station’s signal was hijacked. Someone wearning a rubber Max Headroom mask appeared, silently, on TV screens around the city. A few hours later, Headroom popped up again on another channel, this time for longer and with audio. Despite FBI and FCC investigations, the case remains unsolved.