A migrant worker steps out of his home next to a coal power plant in Beijing. (Photo from REUTERS / Damir Sagolj)

China on strike: Migrant workers who make our stuff speak up

Chinese labor organizers made a rare visit to Seattle this week to build support for striking migrant workers.
Mar 30, 2016
Border Patrol Agent Mike Burmudez at a command center along the Canadian border in Blaine, Washington. (Photo by Eroyn Franklin)

Judge rules gadgets are fair game in warrantless border searches

If you come with 100 miles of the Canadian border, the government can search your phone or laptop without cause.
Jan 1, 2014
Playwright Muhammad Marros. (Photos by Keith Lane and Muhammad Marros)

Double Vision: Testing the line between photographer and subject in Cairo

Just because you own a smartphone does not mean you are a photographer.
Jun 29, 2013

Travel Technology: What gadgets (not) to bring on your trip

When it comes to packing for an international trip, I’ve always tried to live by the maxim, “if you’d be heartbroken to lose it, don’t bring it.” That means I’ll never take along my favorite old comfy T-shirt no matter how much I’d like to have it with me, for fear that it would be […]
May 17, 2012
iPhone 3

Your phone was probably made in a sweatshop

Like any devout follower, Mike Daisey was reluctant to ask questions about his favorite religion—the church of Apple. A self-professed gadget freak and number one fan of the ubiquitous technology company, Daisey’s reluctance is probably familiar to all of us. In his most recent monologue on Chicago Public Media’s popular series, This American Life, Daisy […]
Jan 13, 2012