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Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Science, Tech & Environment

Don't look now, but our smart machines may be sharing data about you with... anyone

Is your milk expired? Ask your refrigerator. Did you leave your lights on? The house will let you know. Tasks like this will become exceedingly more common as the Internet moves away from being a thing we interact with via dedicated computers, or even phones, and into something that is connected to all of the tools we use in our daily lives.