Tanya Basu, MIT Tech Review

Tanya Basu

MIT Tech Review

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Past articles by Tanya:

A new social-media platform wants to enforce “kindness.” Can that ever work?

Telepath thinks it can redefine social media by blocking bad actors, but experts aren’t so sure. → Read More

Why does it suddenly feel like 1999 on the internet?

The coronavirus pandemic has turned back the clock to a kinder time on the web, before the novelty of virtual connection wore off. Will it last? → Read More

Parents are using business software to plan their kids’ coronavirus homeschooling

Families in indefinite lockdown are turning to Asana and Trello to run their households. → Read More

Forget Zoom—children are using Facebook Messenger Kids to deal with coronavirus isolation

Kids are getting a crash course on texting and social media with “technology on training wheels.” → Read More

How coronavirus is transforming online dating and sex

Quarantines and lockdowns are forcing us to relearn how to date—and figure out how to have sex without touching. → Read More

This is how you can co-watch during a coronavirus lockdown

“Co-watching” is how we’ll be socializing for the next few weeks at least. → Read More

The coronavirus pandemic is a game changer for mental health care

Regulatory changes and anxiety heightened by isolation are leading to a boom in use of mental health apps and teletherapy—but are they good enough? → Read More

How to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic

Not everyone can work from home or cease traveling. Here’s what you can do when circumstance forces you to be out and about during the COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More

These are 6 of the main differences between flu and coronavirus

This story is part of our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak. → Read More

Twitter is testing tweets that last just 24 hours, called “fleets”

The company will launch a story function that looks a lot like the ones at competitors Instagram and Snapchat—but there are already fears that it could be abused.The announcement: On Wednesday, the company announced that it was testing “fleets” in Brazil. → Read More

The WHO got on TikTok to teach teens about coronavirus

On Friday, the World Health Organization made its debut on TikTok in an effort to combat rampant disinformation about the coronavirus.The news: The WHO launched its TikTok presence with a video on Friday about what coronavirus is, and a follow-up video on Saturday about when and how to wear a mask. → Read More

Joshua Kushner’s Bedford is a social network for just two people

The app is another entrant in the new age of intimate social media. Can it actually make you feel closer to someone? → Read More

The robot does the hard work. Can you still attain enlightenment?

The robot mandala is a faster and—proponents argue, easier—way to create the traditional sand artwork used for Buddhist meditation. → Read More

Snapchat will now offer mental health tools in the app

Snapchat has released a beta version of a search tool called “Here For You” that will connect users to mental health resources.How will it work? → Read More

The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic”

Social media has zipped information and misinformation around the world at unprecedented speeds, fueling panic, racism … and hope. → Read More

No, there’s no evidence that cell phones give you cancer

A new review from the FDA says it finds no evidence linking the two, but that research should continue.The findings: The report reviewed 125 experiments carried out on animals and 75 on humans between 2008 and August 2019. → Read More

The “manosphere” is getting more toxic as angry men join the incels

Men from the less extreme end of the misogynistic spectrum are drifting toward groups that espouse violence against women, a new study suggests. → Read More

How Instagram is making jigsaw puzzles cool again

Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube are suddenly full of people earnestly completing jigsaw puzzles. What’s going on? → Read More

A study of YouTube comments shows how it’s turning people on to the alt-right

A new study suggests what we’ve suspected for years is right: YouTube is a pipeline for extremism and hate.How do we know that? → Read More

Why private micro-networks could be the future of how we connect

Forget amassing likes or cultivating your online persona. Apps like Cocoon are all about being your true self with just a select few people. → Read More