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Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a staff writer for The Atlantic.
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Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated

February 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It might be nice for Democrats and #NeverTrumpers to believe that Russia’s troll factory brought Donald Trump the 2016 Presidential Election. But no. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians associated with the Internet Research Agency definitively shows, given current evidence, that while a small team in St. Petersburg...

The Case of the Sick Americans in Cuba Gets Stranger

February 15, 2018 Toward the end of 2016, years into a slow rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, something strange started happening to CIA agents posing as diplomats in Havana. This something may or may not have been a sonic attack. It may or may not have been deployed by Cubans, Russians,...

Could Self-Driving Trucks Be Good for Truckers?

February 4, 2018 The outlook for trucking jobs has been grim of late. Self-driving trucks, several reports and basic logic have suggested, are going to wipe out truckers. Trucking is going to be the next great automation bloodbath. But a counter-narrative is emerging: No, skeptics in the industry, government, academia are saying, trucking...

Could Self-Driving Trucks Be Good for Truckers?

February 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The outlook for trucking jobs has been grim of late. Self-driving trucks, several reports and basic logic have suggested, are going to wipe out truckers. Trucking is going to be the next great automation bloodbath. But a counter-narrative is emerging: No, skeptics in the industry, government, academia are saying, trucking...

Waymo Maintains Lead in Self-Driving Car Race

January 31, 2018 There is a lot of smoke, many mirrors, and a ton of investment dollars in self-driving cars right now. Everyone has a story to tell about their technology or data or approach. But the only hard numbers, required by regulation, come from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which asks...

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

January 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a “bipartisan whipping boy,” a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the presidential election, “ripping apart the social fabric,” destroying a generation, and “hijacking people’s minds.” And damn, they made a lot of money! Revenue was...

The People Who Read Your Airline Tweets

December 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten years ago, someone was wrong on the internet. And Morgan Johnston, sitting at his desk with the JetBlue communications team, wanted to set that person straight. These were the early days of Twitter, and JetBlue had begun to monitor the platform, even if they weren’t hopping in yet to...

Google's Mass-Shooting Misinformation Problem

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It happened again. After a horrifying mass shooting, searching for the shooter’s name on Google surfaced an editor of the conspiracy site InfoWars, Julian Assange claiming the shooter had converted to Islam, and a “news” Twitter feed that’s tweeted a few dozen times since it was created last month. All...

15 Things We Learned from the Internet Giants

November 4, 2017 During three Congressional hearings spread over two days, we heard a lot of bluster from senators and pat answers from tech-company lawyers about the role their firms played in the 2016 election. Scattered among all the questions, some new facts entered the public record. Here we attempt to catalog the...

15 Things We Learned From the Tech Giants at the Senate Hearings

November 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During three Congressional hearings spread over two days, we heard a lot of bluster from senators and pat answers from tech-company lawyers about the role their firms played in the 2016 election. Scattered among all the questions, some new facts entered the public record. Here we attempt to catalog the...