The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

To put our toxic relationship with Big Tech into perspective, critics have compared social media to a lot of bad things. Tobacco. Crystal meth. Pollution. Cars before seat belts. Chemicals before Superfund sites. But the most enduring metaphor is junk food: convenient...

Uber sues NYC to contest cap on drivers – TechCrunch

Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City, The Verge reported. The company wants to overturn New York City’s rule that caps the number of new ride-hailing drivers. Last summer, the city approved legislation that halts the issuing of new licenses to drivers for 12...

China’s Didi to Lay Off 2,000 Workers

BEIJING—Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing Technology Co. plans to lay off about 2,000 employees, or 15% of its workforce, according to people familiar with the situation, as the once fast-growing company grapples with China’s economic slowdown. Company President...

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

This week, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on artificial intelligence and the Pentagon declassified part of its AI strategy. Neither was a first attempt at a national AI strategy. In 2016, the Obama administration published a comprehensive plan on...