December 2020

  1. Forget computer science degrees and MBAs, social sciences are the key to success

    The last thing on Amy Golding’s mind when she left Cambridge with a degree in English literature was technology. “When I thought of people in tech, I thought of people with hoodies in dark rooms. I wanted to be a journalist,” she says.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Education desk

  2. 'Sneaker bots' are snapping up limited edition shoes

    It's the moment you've been waiting for. You set three different alarms, and you could barely sleep last night because all you could think about was waking up early enough to turn on your computer and snag those limited edition Nike shoes you've had your eye on for months.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Ecommerce desk

  3. Monet: Dating apps weren't built for Gen Z

    Gen Z’ers -- a group generally considered to have been born between 1997 and 2012 -- are known as ‘digital natives’, who have little or no memory of what the world was like before smartphones. They have been raised on the internet and social media, and with over 67.17 million Gen Z’ers in the US, they are anticipated to soon become the largest US consumer population.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Culture desk

  4. What one far-right website's removal reveals about the future of webhost law

    During the week of November 15th, right-leaning blog The Conservative Treehouse (CTH) received a notification from their web host, WordPress, that their website was being removed.

    By Christopher Hutton , written on

    From the Politics desk

  5. More people use Tor for nefarious means in freer countries

    One of the first quantifiable analyses of how people use Tor shows that the freer a country’s political debate, the more likely people are to use the open-source software that enables anonymous web browsing for nefarious means.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Freedom desk

  6. 'Empathetic' software is set to change the way we shop

    It’s grocery shopping day and you enter your favorite big store. One of the shop’s social robots, a shiny black-and-white humanoid with a round disc with a big blue eye for a face and a cylindrical base for a body walks up to you.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Odd Futurism desk