Sidney Fussell,

Sidney Fussell

New York, NY, United States

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  • Unknown
  • The Atlantic
  • CityLab
  • GovExec
  • Gizmodo
  • Gizmodo UK
  • Paste Magazine
  • Jezebel
  • Tech Insider
  • Business Insider

Past articles by Sidney:

The Most Important Things to Know About Apps That Track Your Location

Companies are increasingly facing backlash over apps that collect users' location data. This data can be especially sensitive and private. → Read More

‘We’ve Got an Uber Driver Who’s Got a Gun’

Uber officially bans drivers from carrying firearms—but the company’s business model prevents it from enforcing such a ban. The results can be deadly. → Read More

Did Body Cameras Backfire?

Body cameras were supposed to fix a broken system. What happened? → Read More

The Endless Aerial Surveillance of the Border

New reports suggest that drone activity at the southern border is spreading to nearby cities, erasing the line between police procedures and immigration enforcement. → Read More

The Endless, Invisible Persuasion Tactics of the Internet

Online shopping turns your brain against you, but you can fight back. → Read More

ICE and the Ever-Widening Surveillance Dragnet

ICE agents have used facial-recognition technology on state driver’s-license photos, turning a public database into a de facto criminal database. → Read More

Amazon Ring Will Survive the Anti-surveillance Backlash

People are far more comfortable with surveillance when they think they’re the only ones watching. → Read More

The Problem With the SAT’s Idea of Objectivity

Faced with the messy realities of entrenched privilege, the College Board is trying to find a quantitative solution. → Read More

The Push to ‘Predict’ Police Shootings

Tracking officers’ stress exposure and body-camera practices could help keep them from pulling the trigger. → Read More

Behind Every Robot Is a Human

Why Amazon workers sometimes listen in on users’ conversations with Alexa, and what it tells us about the technology that powers “smart” devices → Read More

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

The home-rental start-up says it’s cracking down on hosts who record guests. Is it doing enough? → Read More

The Microphones That May Be Hidden in Your Home

The controversy around Google’s Nest home-security devices shows that consumers never really know what their personal technology is capable of. → Read More

The Analysts Recording Your Screen Say It’s for Your Own Good

Secretly watching users navigate an app can help companies fix bugs. But it can also be a tool to manipulate customers’ behavior. → Read More

San Francisco Wants to Ban Government Face Recognition

Is it too late, too difficult, or too ironic to try to stop it from becoming a city of surveillance? → Read More

Now Your Groceries See You, Too

Walgreens is exploring new tech that turns your purchases, your movements, even your gaze, into data. → Read More

The Spyware That Brought Down El Chapo’s Drug Empire

For months, the FBI listened as Mexico’s infamous drug kingpin allegedly trafficked drugs and arranged assassinations. Here’s how. → Read More

The Quiet Ways Automation Is Remaking Service Work

Workers may not be replaced by robots anytime soon, but they’ll likely face shorter hours, lower pay, and stolen time. → Read More

Who Wins When Cash Is No Longer King?

Some stores are turning people away if they can't pay digitally. But for many people, cashlessness is not an option. → Read More

Who Wins When Cash Is No Longer King?

It won’t be the poor. → Read More

The City of the Future Is a Data-Collection Machine

In Toronto, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, hopes to create the sensor-filled metropolis of tomorrow. → Read More