Angela Chen, National Geographic

Angela Chen

National Geographic

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Angela:

Is virtual travel here to stay, even after the pandemic subsides?

The coronavirus is changing how we travel. But will virtual reality—a welcome escape from the pandemic—ever be a substitute for the real thing? → Read More

How coronavirus turned the “dystopian joke” of FaceID masks into a reality

Thousands ordered masks that let them unlock their phones during outbreaks. But this viral art project doesn’t just work with surveillance technology—it works against it, too. → Read More

The EU just released weakened guidelines for regulating artificial intelligence

The news: The European Union’s newly released white paper containing guidelines for regulating AI acknowledges the potential for artificial intelligence to “lead to breaches of fundamental rights,” such as bias, suppression of dissent, and lack of privacy. → Read More

Emotion AI researchers say overblown claims give their work a bad name

A lack of government regulation isn’t just bad for consumers. It’s bad for the field, too. → Read More

China’s coronavirus app could have unintended consequences

Tracking people to tell them whether they’ve been in close contact with a virus carrier might cause a whole new series of complicated issues. → Read More

Meet the Chinese crowdsourcers fighting coronavirus censorship

Faced with information suppression and untrustworthy news, citizens in China and Hong Kong do their best to chronicle the coronavirus outbreak and sift fact from fiction. → Read More

Gawker’s nemesis is working on a social network offering access to the rich

Business and technology leaders are being asked to spend $100,000 buying in to the service. → Read More

40 groups call for US moratorium on facial recognition technology

The news: US government use of facial recognition technology should be banned “pending further review,” according to 40 organizations that signed a letter calling for a recommendation to be made to the president. → Read More

The EU might ban facial recognition in public for five years

The news: The European Commission is considering a ban of facial recognition in public places for up to five years, with exceptions for research and security projects, according to a white paper draft obtained by Politico. → Read More

Eight revelations from MIT’s Jeffrey Epstein report

At one point, university officials had wanted to approve Epstein donations of up to $10 million. → Read More

“Significant mistakes”: MIT releases details of Epstein funding scandal

The news: An MIT report into the university’s ties with Jeffrey Epstein has identified a number of senior figures who facilitated donations from the disgraced financier and convicted sex offender, including three vice presidents, mechanical engineering professor Seth Lloyd, and former Media Lab director Joi Ito. → Read More

Can an AI be an inventor? Not yet.

But some campaigners are pushing for the rules to change. → Read More

2019 is the year tech finally started to deal with 2016

Internet companies have been slow to solve their problems. Now everyone else is starting to do it for them. → Read More

This startup claims its deepfakes will protect your privacy

But some experts say that D-ID’s “smart video anonymization” technique breaks the law. → Read More

Here are five ways deepfake-busting technology could backfire

Deepfakes have become a symbol for the end of truth and, to some, a potential tool to swing elections. → Read More

What TikTok getting sued twice in one week means

The news: An Illinois family has sued video app TikTok for collecting the personal data of minors without consent. → Read More

A Russian troll farm may not have been very good at its job

A major Russian disinformation effort may not have been very effective, according to a new study that is one of the first to investigate whether these campaigns actually changed people’s minds. → Read More

A leaked excerpt of TikTok moderation rules shows how political content gets buried

German publication Netzpolitik has posted an excerpt from TikTok’s new moderation guidelines. → Read More

Most Americans think they’re being constantly tracked—and that there’s nothing they can do

More than 60% of Americans think it’s impossible to go through daily life without being tracked by companies or the government, according to a new Pew Research study. → Read More

The AI hiring industry is under scrutiny—but it’ll be hard to fix

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate HireVue, an AI tool that helps companies figure out which workers to hire. → Read More