April Glaser

Slate technology writer

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By now you’ve probably heard of FaceApp. You upload a picture of yourself and then get to see what you’ll look like when you’re old.

Viral FaceApp raises privacy concerns

By now you’ve probably heard of FaceApp. You upload a picture of yourself and then get to see what you’ll look like when you’re old.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facebook's facial recognition program is called Deep Face, and every day it analyzes hundreds of millions of photos posted on the site, helping the company build the largest face…

Should you be concerned about Facebook's Deep Face?

Facebook's facial recognition program is called Deep Face, and every day it analyzes hundreds of millions of photos posted on the site, helping the company build the largest face…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A New York Times investigation shows that Facebook gave companies like Netflix and Spotify way more access to user data than it ever disclosed.

Facebook: A year in scandal

A New York Times investigation shows that Facebook gave companies like Netflix and Spotify way more access to user data than it ever disclosed.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Jet aircraft, carrier task forces and tanks consume vast amounts of fossil fuel--while emitting vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is bigger than those of many entire nations. Now, it’s caught in the middle. It’s a massive contributor to climate change, which is threatening its mission worldwide. Seaports and airstrips are being flooded or burned out, and restoring operations costs many millions of dollars. Meantime, environmental damage is leading to instability and the prospect of international violence. Water shortages have increased tensions in the Middle East and caused new hostilities between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. Russia and China are taking advantage of changing conditions. Will politicians who scorn environmentalists and mistrust climate scientists listen to the warnings of military leaders?

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Teddy Roosevelt coined the term “Bully Pulpit.” Other presidents have used it to get the nation behind them. For President Trump, it’s an instrument of division.

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“We can’t recycle our way out of this crisis.” That’s according to California’s Democratic State Senator Ben Allen-- just one of many politicians around the country proposing to ban all straws, bags and other single-use plastics. At the overwhelmed Recycling Center in Burbank, California, Kreigh Hample says, “Our packaging has gone up exponentially in just the last few decades… it’s a sad story in the way we eat, the way we dispose of things and the way that we’re living.” A throwaway culture may be convenient, but the costs include cleaning it up with taxpayer money--not to mention worldwide pollution. China now requires recycled products so pure that the bottom’s gone out of the market, but the plastics industry is bigger than ever. Former EPA official Judith Judith Enck says half the world’s plastics have been produced in the past 13 years. One new process has developed from coal fracking, and development is being encouraged by President Trump with support from the fossil fuel industry. But just 9% of the plastic produced is getting recycled. Some goes to landfills, but the rest turns into worldwide pollution. Images of plastic waste floating by the acre in the Pacific Ocean are all too familiar; microplastics are turning up from the depths of the seas to the remotest parts of the Arctic. In Texas and other states, it’s illegal to ban plastic products. But, in Sacramento, Allen says it’s time to hold the plastics industry accountable. California is big enough to influence the nation’s economy, so his efforts are being scrutinized by politicians and advocates around the country.

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The LA County Board of Supervisors voted a few months ago to help residents buy Ring doorbell cameras, which let you monitor your home from afar in real time.

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