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The 59 Best Technology Journalism Stories Published in 2019

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Deirdre is content director for Sterling Communications ( in Silicon Valley.

Here’s my compendium of the best tech reporting, writing, and commentary of 2019:


Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them
Josh Constine, TechCrunch

I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone
Joseph Cox, Motherboard (Vice)

Explainer: What is a quantum computer?
Martin Giles, MIT Technology Review


The Trauma Floor: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America
Casey Newton, The Verge
Illustrations: Corey Brickley, Photos: Jessica Chou

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test
Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online
Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Dies on Mars
Jonathan Corum, The New York Times


Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Silicon Valley’s inequality machine
Greg Epstein, TechCrunch (ExtraCrunch)

I Rode an E-Scooter as Far From Civilization as Its Batteries Could Take Me
Joe Veix, Gizmodo
Photos, Brandon Tauszik

Who Controls Diners’ Data? OpenTable Moves to Assert Control
Micah Maidenberg, The Wall Street Journal

As Mark Zuckerberg Tightens Grip on Facebook, 2 Top Deputies Leave
Mike Isaac, The New York Times


Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account 
Alfred Ng, CNET

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook
Nicholas Thompson and Fred Vogelstein, Wired

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority
Darren Byler, The Guardian

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle
Daniel Oberhaus, Wired


Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry
Paul Ford, Wired

The Hidden Radicalism of Chris Hughes’s Call to Break Up Facebook
Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

A year after GDPR, how is Ireland tackling the data giants?
John Kennedy, Siliconrepublic


Bodies in Seats: At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
Casey Newton The Verge
Illustrations: Corey Brickley, Photos: Amelia Holowaty Krales

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

Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells
Alfred Ng, CNET

YouTube looks to demonetization as punishment for major creators, but it doesn’t work
Julia Alexander, The Verge

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students
Jack Gillum and Jeff Kao, ProPublica and Wired
Photos: Adrienne Grunwald


Capital One Data Theft Impacts 106M People
Brian Krebs, KrebsonSecurity

The Tech Industry Is Building a Vast Digital Underclass
Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman
Andy Newman, The New York Times
Photos: Christopher Lee

What happens when a country’s entire adult population is hacked?
Patrick Howell O’Neill, MIT Technology Review

How “stalkerware” apps are letting abusive partners spy on their victims
Charlotte Jee, MIT Technology Review

My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users
Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

How Cyberweapons Are Changing the Landscape of Modern Warfare
Sue Halpern, The New Yorker

The Mechanical Turk: How a Chess-playing Hoax Inspired Real Computers
Jennifer Walter, Discover Magazine


WeWork Isn’t a Tech Company, It’s a Soap Opera
Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge

Inside DeepMind’s epic mission to solve science’s trickiest problem
Greg Williams, Wired UK

Yelp swaps restaurant phone numbers with Grubhub’s to boost referral revenue
Wes Schlagenhauf, The Hustle

Python is eating the world: How one developer’s side project became the hottest programming language on the planet
Nick Heath, TechRepublic


Google claims to have reached quantum supremacy
Madhumita Murgla and Richard Waters, Financial Times

Revealed: How a secret Dutch mole aided the U.S.-Israeli Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran
Kim Zetter and Huib Modderkolk, Yahoo News

He Who Must Not Be Tolerated
Kara Swisher, The New York Times

The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism
Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker

Four Years in Startups
Anna Wiener, The New Yorker


All Hands On Deck
Casey Newton, The Verge

The Sum of Zuckerberg’s Fears
Kara Swisher, The New York Times

Turkish ISP Blocks Social Media Sites Near Syrian Border
Paris Martineau, Wired

Bruce Schneier makes the case for “public interest technologists”
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

The 2010s Broke Our Sense Of Time
Katherine Miller, Buzzfeed News


How the Iranian Government Shut Off the Internet
Lily Hay Newman, Wired

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans
Rob Copeland, The Wall Street Journal

Open Source Code Will Survive the Apocalypse in an Arctic Cave
Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg
Images: Guy Martin

The Google Squeeze
Ben Thompson, Stratechery

The Architect of Modern Algorithms
Susan D’Agostino, Quanta Magazine
Photos: Cody O’Loughlin

Will the future of work be ethical?
Greg Epstein, TechCrunch (ExtraCrunch)


How to fight lies, tricks, and chaos online
Adi Robertson, The Verge
Illustrations by Alex Castro /

New crypto-cracking record reached, with less help than usual from Moore’s Law
Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change.
Josh Constine, TechCrunch

Larry Page is the tech world’s Dr. Manhattan
Casey Newton, The Verge

Emotional Baggage
Zoe Schiffer, The Verge
Illustrations by Grayson Blackmon and Will Joel

How Ring Transmits Fear to American Suburbs
Caroline Haskins, Motherboard (Vice)
Image: Hunter French

Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy
Stuart A. Thompson and Charlie Warzel, The New York Times

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