Observer New Review

As recent US atrocities show, the internet is enabling far-right conspiracies and attacks

Social media echo chambers have become a breeding ground for antisemitic and racist activity

Inside Britain’s meme factory

If you think things go viral on the internet by luck, think again: there’s an industry gaming the system and Manchester’s Social Chain is leading the way

Everything you wanted to know about bitcoin but were afraid to ask

The value of cryptocurrencies is rising fast. But is it sustainable? And how does it work, anyway? These questions, and many more, answered…

15 apps to power up your productivity

If your working day is being ruined by distractions or admin errors, try these apps to improve your focus, time management and output

Internet regulation: is it time to rein in the tech giants?

Fake news and Isis propaganda have raised concern about the power of the web. But with cyberspace controlled by a handful of giant firms, can governments ever hope to curb them – and is that even desirable?

Surge pricing comes to the supermarket

Online retailers are increasingly using your personal data to decide how much to charge you. And high-street shops are about to get in on the act

Why political rebels love WhatsApp

MPs are increasingly turning to tech to coordinate political skulduggery, but their ignorance of encryption is a security risk

Beyond smartphones: next-step cameras

If you’re taking your photography more seriously, and would like to upgrade from camera or phone, here are six top models with connectivity

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’

The influential tech thinker has charted the history of the attention industry: enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers. The internet, he argues, is the latest communications tool to have fallen under its spell

Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars

By 2025 most of today’s drivers are unlikely to even want to own a car. But will we still have gridlock? Will you need to pass a test? We asked the experts

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