Category: Backchannel

January 16, 2020

Inside the Feds’ Battle Against Huawei

How Washington went to war against the Chinese smartphone giant, and how the runaway conflict could spell the end of a single, global internet. 

by Garrett M. Graff in Backchannel
January 15, 2020

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

And better ones won’t save it. To get past misinformation and tribal rancor online, we need to face why people really want misinformation and rancor.

by Gideon Lewis-Kraus in Backchannel
January 15, 2020

Chris Evans Goes to Washington

The actor’s new project, A Starting Point, aims to give all Americans the TL;DR on WTF is going on in politics. It’s harder than punching Nazis on the big screen.

by Arielle Pardes in Backchannel
January 8, 2020

Quibi Bets On a Future of Quick Clips and Tiny Screens

Entertainment startup Quibi has already won over industry A-listers with its vision for short-form mobile streaming. But will it catch on with viewers?

by Adam Rogers in Backchannel
December 17, 2019

Where the 5G Data Storm Will Hit First

While we’re all waiting for our phones to see speeds of 10 gigs per second, next-gen wireless tech will transform transportation, medicine, manufacturing, and VR.

by Wired Staff in Backchannel
December 12, 2019

Room to Breathe: My Quest to Clean Up My Home’s Filthy Air

Poor indoor air quality causes serious health issues. Things can be improved with determination to sniff out the cause of the problem—and some pricey hardware.

by Lisa Wood Shapiro in Backchannel
December 11, 2019

The Gospel of Wealth According to Marc Benioff

The Salesforce founder has donated a fortune to right capitalism’s wrongs, and he thinks his fellow billionaires should too. Why can’t we just be grateful?

by Chris Colin in Backchannel
December 10, 2019

Why the ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’ Renounced Her Crown

YouTuber Simone Giertz gave up wildly popular but barely functioning machines and confronted her fears of imperfection (while facing her own mortality and making an awesome Truckla EV).

by Lauren Goode in Backchannel
November 22, 2019


How chef Eric Rivera is upending the traditional restaurant model—and making delicious food while he’s at it.

by Joe Ray in Backchannel
October 29, 2019

The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier

Dodgy energy deals, loose regulation, and dubious characters—with links to the Hillary Clinton email hackers—are fueling a burgeoning crypto industry that could provide an end run around US sanctions.

by Hannah Lucinda Smith in Backchannel