Category: Backchannel

February 18, 2020

Deliver Us, Lord, From the Startup Life

In the Midwest, Christian entrepreneurs are searching for relief from the corrosive grind of company-building—while some faith leaders preach the gospel of crushing it.


by Kathryn Joyce in Backchannel
February 17, 2020

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

People used to think the crowdsourced encyclopedia represented all that was wrong with the web. Now it’s a beacon of so much that’s right.


by Richard Cooke in Backchannel
February 12, 2020

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

In the early days of Facebook, Zuck kept his plans for world domination in handwritten journals. He destroyed them. But a few revealing pages survived.


by Steven Levy in Backchannel
January 21, 2020

The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper’s son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished. Who was Woody Bledsoe, and who was he working for?


by Shaun Raviv in 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