Internet Scholar Ethan Zuckerman

Technology Thrills Me All the Time

Ethan Zuckerman is an associate professor of public policy, communication, and information, and director of UMass’s Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, focused on reimagining the internet as a tool for civic engagement. Before joining this week’s Zócalo/Future Tense panel, “How Has Computer Code Shaped Humanity?,” he sat down in our green room to chat about designing games, welding, and Black Sabbath.

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Godmother of Virtual Reality Nonny de la Peña

I Was Scared of Flying, So I Took Flying Lessons

Nonny de la Peña is a journalist, filmmaker, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) pioneer, who is the founding director for the Narrative and Emerging Media program at Arizona State University. Before joining this …

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Future Tense’s Torie Bosch

In My Family Technology Was a Girl Thing

Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, which explores the intersection of technology, policy, and society. Editor-in-residence and lecturer at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and …

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Author Charlton McIlwain

Facebook Seems Vapid

Charlton McIlwain is professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University and founder of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. He is the author of Black …

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Can Humans Reprogram the Internet’s Original Sin?

From the Pop-Up Ad to Criminal Sentencing Algorithms, Software—And the People Behind It—Shape Our Lives

Will ChatGPT change the world? The new artificial intelligence chatbot, which has inspired both fear and awe with its power to do everything from write jokes and term papers to …

Archiving the Civil War’s Text Messages

A Massive Crowdsourcing Project Is Digitizing Thousands of Coded Union Telegrams, and Unearthing Astonishing “Emails”

The Thomas T. Eckert Papers—consisting of records, ledgers, and cipher books kept by the head of the War Department’s military telegraph office—came to us at the Huntington Library four years …