Slow Build (by Nancy Scola)

Nancy Scola
A newsletter on technology's biggest questions, written by reporter and writer Nancy Scola. Policy, politics, civic tech, & good reads. Publishes twice a week, Wednesday and Friday mornings ET.
Created 17 Feb 2021
  • Crypto people are making the Internet weird again
    19 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Happy Friday, folks. A reminder that you’re reading Slow Build, a newsletter on tech & society. Thanks for doing that! “Library of Congress officials transferring page 3 of the United States Constitut...
  • AI's "alarming-but-quiet capture"
    17 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    Welcome to Slow Build, a newsletter on tech’s biggest questions, by me, Nancy Scola. Photo credit: Kindel Media Let’s talk about a fascinating new paper just out in the Association for Computing Machi...
  • Hints we're getting of a Biden tech doctrine, nine months into this thing
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi there, good people. By way of reminder, this Slow Build, a twice-a-week newsletter on tech and society written by Nancy Scola. One topic I’m noodling on at the moment: the intersections of cryptocu...
  • A look at how Zoom-era deurbanization could make office inequities worse
    10 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    View from Manhattan’s Flatiron Building; photo credit: Jason Krieger The tradeoffs of living in a city like Washington D.C. or San Francisco or New York can feel a bit tilted these days. The high cost...
  • Slow Build’s Friday digest
    05 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    (You’re reading Slow Build, a newsletter that wrestles with tech’s biggest question. If you were forwarded this, sign up here.) It’s weirdly cold for early November here in Washington D.C., with frost...
  • How Congress is getting smarter on tech, with Travis Moore
    03 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    The dome of the United States Capitol Building, Washington D.C.; photo credit: Ian Hutchinson Putting aside all the recent fun had at the expense of a certain United States senator over “finsta,” ther...
  • Inside the story: Lina Khan
    29 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Welcome to Slow Build, a twice-a-week newsletter that aims to wrestle with technology’s thorniest questions, by me, Nancy Scola. Thanks so much for reading and being part of the conversation. It means...
  • Turns out Mark Zuckerberg really, really, really runs Facebook.
    27 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Welcome to Slow Build, a newsletter on tech’s biggest questions, by me, Nancy Scola. Because I love you good people, I’ve now read through about 45 of this week’s stories based on the ‘Facebook Papers...
  • Pivoting is failure
    22 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Wai Siew on Unsplash TRUMP’S TWITTER Former President Donald Trump says he’s launching a new social network called TRUTH Social (capitalization in the original). Could it work? Sure. All thin...
  • How to hit a list
    20 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 4 0
    Slow Build is very much feeling this tweet this week, people: Garrett M. Graff @vermontgmg One of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten was: “Life intercedes.” Jenni Gritters @jenni_gri...
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