Millions of people use the tool Ghostery to block online tracking technology—some may not realize that it feeds data to the ad industry.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
Early investors in Bitcoin got rich. Now they are the cryptocurrency’s most powerful gatekeepers.
U.S. companies that pass data from European Union citizens to the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program could be breaching the E.U.’s data-protection laws.
As online education companies track students’ behavior and experiment with different delivery methods, assumptions about effectiveness are being challenged.
A way to check whether calculations have been tampered with could make cloud computing more reliable, and boost privacy.
A computer two millimeters square is the start of an effort to make chips that can put computer power just about anywhere for the vaunted “Internet of Things.”
The software that obliterated human champions on Jeopardy will now be talking to customers of banks and other companies through websites and mobile apps.
The first major conference for the digital currency suggests it is gaining legitimacy, but in a manner disappointing to some early enthusiasts.
Dummy water-plant control systems rapidly attracted attention from hackers who tinkered with their settings—suggesting it happens to real industrial systems, too.
Mobile network speeds in urban areas could dramatically increase if consumers connected small, public base stations to their home broadband.