Category: Year in Review

December 29, 2020

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

After a year of protests against racial inequality and industry vows to do better, Black founders are still getting left out of Silicon Valley’s financial engine.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
December 28, 2020

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

Phone calls. Web searches. Location tracks. Smart speaker requests. They’ve become crucial tools for law enforcement, while users often are unaware.

by Sidney Fussell in Business
December 27, 2020

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

The pandemic and the election forced social media platforms to police false information like never before—but we have no clue if that solved anything.

by Gilad Edelman in Business
December 26, 2020

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

The hottest app of early 2010 faded quickly when it was flooded with unwanted nudity. Smarter content moderation is helping to revive it.

by Kevin Randall in Business
December 24, 2020

The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously

Total traffic deaths fell during pandemic lockdowns. But fatalities per mile traveled rose, due to faster driving, fewer cops, and more drug use.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
December 24, 2020

All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

From turntables to smart water bottles, here are the things that brought the WIRED gear team irrational delight in this most atypical year.

by Gear Team in Gear
December 16, 2020

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

From Clubhouse to Discord to Twitter, 2020 was all about giving people a voice online. Literally.

by Arielle Pardes in Business