Slow Build

Nancy Scola
A tiny publication on tech's biggest questions, by reporter and writer Nancy Scola. Publishing Wednesday and Friday mornings ET.
Created 17 Feb 2021
  • Workers united
    15 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    “‘Mother’ Jones and her army of striking textile workers starting out for their descent on New York,” via the Library of Congress Spending years working in and covering the United States Congress can ...
  • Political identity, with Lilliana Mason
    13 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Johns Hopkins University political scientist Lilliana Mason Lilliana Mason (@LilyMasonPhD) is an associate professor of government and politics at Johns Hopkins University, author of the book “Uncivil...
  • The making of "The Vegan Food Wars of DC"
    08 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Before we get going today, a quick note to say that we’ll have a Q&A next week with one of the country’s most compelling thinkers on political psychology, where we’ll dig into what research in that fi...
  • The Carter Center is concerned
    06 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    President Jimmy Carter announces sanctions on Iran, 1980; photo credit: Marion S. Trikosko This week we, of course, saw a former Facebook employee testifying to the Senate that the social-network comp...
  • Why Congress can't quit Facebook. Or Twitter.
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    If you happen to have taken in yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Instagram’s impact on the emotional health of teens featuring Facebook’s global head of safety, Antigone Davis, you like...
  • Why Facebook's pushing back
    29 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Hello and welcome to Slow Build on a chilly morning in Cape Cod, where I’m attempting to cling to the last bits of summer. Let’s dig in. The Nick Clegg effect This is the week that could prove whether...
  • Olá from Lisbon
    24 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Lisbon circa 1915; photo credit: Bain News Service, via the Library of Congress Bem vindo a Slow Build, which is how they’d say “welcome to” in Portugal where, it turns out, I’m spending the night ton...
  • Lessons from Madrid
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Morning view of Madrid, Sept. 21, 2021; photo by Nancy Scola Hola, as they say, from Madrid, where I (as in, Nancy Scola) am spending the week doing a series of events with the Aspen Institute Spain, ...
  • The tracking federal contractors conundrum, with Hudson Hollister
    17 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Photo credit: Life of Pix One of the prime ambitions of this newsletter, Slow Build, is to dig into topics with especially attractive obscurity-to-impact ratios — that is, things happening in the worl...
  • Why Washington gets so mad at Facebook
    15 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Canyon de Chelly National Monument; photo by Rennett Stowe I’m busily teeing up Q&As for the coming months, as they’re proving to be something people like reading. And, frankly, as Slow Build is one o...
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