State of Surveillance

Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware ‘Pegasus’ in 45 Countries

A new report by digital human rights researchers reveals that the infamous spyware Pegasus, made by NSO Group, has traces in 45 countries around the world, including the United States.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

A Canadian Company Is Blocking LGBTQ Content for Censorious Regimes

Netsweeper is blocking content in 30 countries, according to a new report from Toronto-based research group Citizen Lab.
Jordan Pearson
Silicon Valley

Facebook Celebrates Pride, Except Where Homosexuality Is Illegal

If Facebook’s goal is to make the world more open and connected, it could start by treating queer communities with equality.
Jillian York
Internet Insecurity

A TV Hack Appears to Have Sparked the Middle East's Diplomatic Crisis

Alleged hackers broke into a TV station to broadcast and tweet fake news, provoking a huge diplomatic incident.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Dystopia Now

Dubai Wants to Use Data to Become the 'Happiest City on Earth'

Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, director of Smart Dubai, tells us about the city's efforts to harvest customer data to improve government services. But who defines what happiness is?
Grennan Milliken

The Guy Who Saved Your iPhone From Hackers Is Stuck in a UAE Jail

'Million dollar dissident' Ahmed Mansoor’s actions protected millions of iPhone users from sophisticated spyware. If you care about your privacy and security, you should be fighting for his release.
Tanya O'Carroll
Turning Towers

Dubai Will Have the World's First Rotating Skyscraper by 2020

Units go for $30 million each.
Madison Margolin

Inside Dubai's Quest to Build the First Hyperloop

With the help of the government and a citywide competition, Elon Musk's Hyperloop is on track to becoming a reality in the Middle Eastern city of Dubai.
Sudeshna Ghosh

The World’s Blood Diamond Watchdog Is Looking to the Blockchain

But can new technology fix a broken process?
Jordan Pearson

NASA and the UAE Just Signed a Space Agreement to Collaborate on Mars

“Every single nation can play a part in our journey to Mars."
Daniel Oberhaus

Inventory Managers are Being Replaced by RFID-Mounted Drones

Drones way are faster and more accurate than we could ever be.
Samar Warsi
short circuit

If the UAE Wants a Hyperloop, Peter Diamandis Will Build It by 2020

The X Prize founder said the technology is about “reinventing transportation.”
Kari Paul