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David Talbot Editor

I’m MIT Technology Review’s chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.

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    A startup offers Internet users simple warnings about websites’ histories of delivering spyware and spam.

  • Cheap Hydrogen Fuel

    GE says its new machine could make the hydrogen economy affordable, by slashing the cost of water-splitting technology.

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  • Q&A: Jonathan Zittrain

    This author, teacher, and Web expert wants to avoid an Internet clampdown.

  • "X" Marks the Spyware

    A startup offers Internet users simple warnings about websites’ histories of delivering spyware and spam.

    1 comment

  • Very Spammy!

    A startup’s software warns of spyware and spam.

  • Ports' Technology Failure

    RFID tags could greatly increase port security by tracking international cargo – but no one wants to pay for them.

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