Science & Technology

A teacher prepares a lesson with a cellphone on the first day of online classes in an empty classroom in Seoul, on April 9, 2020.

Did Big Tech Save the World From an Even Bigger Economic Meltdown?

It helped, but the countries that fared best had other factors at play.

A woman counts money outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, San Salvador, on June 10, 2020.

The Pandemic May Change Remittances—for the Better

Long denominated in cash, payments back to home countries are finally going digital.

A lab technician prepares stainless steel tanks used for manufacturing vaccines at French pharmaceutical company Sanofi’s world distribution center in Val-de-Reuil on July 10, 2020.

The Global Vaccine Rollout Is Failing—and That Puts Everyone, Everywhere, In Danger

The selfish reasons the United States and Europe must help poor countries deal with COVID-19.

Police erect barricades in anticipation of a protest outside Twitter corporate headquarters in San Francisco on Jan. 11.

Jan. 6 Changed Tech Forever

Silencing @realDonaldTrump was the easy part. Now the hard work begins.

Joe Biden attends a COVID-19 briefing at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware on Oct. 28, 2020.

Getting Biden to Love Tech

It can help solve many of his problems, yet so far, Biden has distanced himself from the sector. That has to change.

A pharmacy technician holds a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, on Dec. 15.

The Vaccine Has a Serious Side Effect—A Positive One

It could make 2021 the year Americans rediscover science.

A poster showing six wanted Russian military intelligence officers is displayed as John Demers, aAssistant attorney general for the National Security Division, takes the podium to speak at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington on Oct. 19.

Washington Needs a Cybersecurity Overhaul

When they enter office, Biden and Harris must make up for lost ground.

A graphic artist paints a mural ad for smartphone manufacturer Apple in Berlin on Oct 1.

The Peril of Persuasion in the Big Tech Age

Persuasion is essential to society and democracy, but we need new rules governing how companies can harness it.

Donald Harrison, Google’s president for global partnerships and corporate development, testifies via live video feed before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on anti-competitive online advertising in Washington on Sept. 15.

Make Surveillance Capitalists Pay Their Dues

Congressional action has typically left big tech firms intact, instead mandating that they improve access for all consumers. Washington should stick to that model.

Harvard Yard

If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home

Retaining the U.S. advantage needs funding, not xenophobia.

An employee at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees scans the eye of an Afghan refugee at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 23, 2016.

Big Brother Turns Its Eye on Refugees

Biometrics have crept into humanitarian aid, but the systems may disadvantage women who need help most.

A woman uses her phone as she walks past an ATM for the digital currency bitcoin in Hong Kong on Dec. 18, 2017.

The Greenback Needs a Digital Makeover

To preserve the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the United States can’t let China get ahead on cryptocurrency.

A bidder wears a tie depicting a ringing mobile phone prior to the start of Germany’s auction for the construction of an ultra-fast 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19, 2019.

China Isn’t the Only Problem With 5G

The network has plenty of other security weaknesses, including ones the United States doesn’t want to fix since they help its own surveillance efforts.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of a 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

Its next chapter will be fought through export and import controls, investment restrictions, and sanctions—and the United States should prepare itself now.

Team Tartan Rescue's CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) robot uses a hand-held power tool during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge in California on June 6, 2015.

The United States Needs a Strategy for Artificial Intelligence

Without one, it risks missing out on all the technology’s benefits—and falling behind rivals such as China.

A woman views the artist Refik Anadol’s Archive Dreaming installation, which uses artificial intelligence to visualize nearly 2 million historical Ottoman documents and photographs in Istanbul on May 6, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t an Arms Race

And by treating it like one, the United States could miss out on its real potential.

Participants including Saudi women attend a hackathon prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Jeddah on Aug. 1, 2018.

China Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia’s Race to Become a Tech Hub

Beijing is a natural partner to fast and cheap development, but Riyadh should be wary of alienating its allies.

AT&T executive Randall Stephenson, right, explains  5G cellular network deployment to U.S. President Donald Trump on June 22, 2017. (Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Keep Its Technological Edge

Washington needs to do more to foster and protect the country’s innovation ecosystem.