Category: Backchannel

August 21, 2019

There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram

Users quietly buy and sell human skulls, decorated and sold by macabre enthusiasts. Is the underground marketplace just a microcosm of our colonial past?


by Oscar Schwartz in Backchannel
August 13, 2019

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.


by Nitasha Tiku in Backchannel
July 16, 2019

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

The search for Satoshi Nakamoto has led down many rabbit holes. I went down another: The case of global criminal mastermind Paul LeRoux.


by Evan Ratliff in Backchannel
July 11, 2019

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

China’s Bitmain said it would build the world’s largest bitcoin mine in Rockdale, Texas. Then the price of bitcoin plunged, taking with it the town’s hopes for a revival.


by Mark Dent in Backchannel
June 25, 2019

A Device to Detect ‘Aggression’ in Schools Often Misfires

Screams by high schoolers didn’t trigger the detector, but some coughs did. So did cheers for pizza.


by Jack Gillum Jeff Kao in Backchannel