Tech

Parents, rejoice: These apps will help you find a carpool and a sitter

Need a cab? Hail one on your phone in under 5 minutes. Forgot the chilled white wine and your dinner guests arrive in an hour?…

Washington: the “Wild West” for surveillance drones

Last year, the FBI flew a fleet of small airplanes over Seattle and other cities. They were equipped with cameras capable of snapping thousands of…

It took a whole team of UW scientists to make this cute cat pic

An Instagram post here, a YouTube video there, a few thousand financial transactions over there. We live in the world of big data — and…

Amazon Black Employee Network partners tech sector with wider community

When Tiffany Dockery moved to Seattle to work at Amazon in 2013, she realized that while she felt at home in the city’s black community,…

Mayor Murray and Google team for “digital equity” across Seattle

For years, municipal broadband has been a rallying cry of Seattle’s left. But Mayor Ed Murray and the city’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller have resisted…

4 big roadblocks facing women in tech

While Seattle has emerged as one of the world’s top tech hubs, the industry is not benefitting everyone equally. Women are still underrepresented in nearly…

Bringing women back to computer science: UW in national spotlight over efforts

Women’s role in the computer revolution is often glazed over. There’s Ada Lovelace, the mathematician sometimes called the “world’s first computer programmer”, who sketched out…

Amazon, Microsoft act to prevent exodus of female staff

Can family life and a tech career coexist?

Art and tech: The unique career of CEO Susie Lee

Susie Lee was fresh out of Yale, preparing for medical school, when she felt the walls closing in. She had majored in molecular biology, with the…

Moz CEO Sarah Bird fights for more women leaders in tech

  Sarah Bird is one of the relatively few female leaders in the local tech industry, serving as CEO of Moz, a Seattle-based outfit that…

UW, WSU don’t reveal how student data is shared with government

Apple’s refusal to unlock an iPhone for the FBI has sparked a legal war, and a nationwide debate over law enforcement’s access to private consumer…

Gentrification’s other victims: small businesses

A few weeks ago, Portlanders were stunned by a front page story in the Oregonian that revealed a plan to build a series of 11 high…

Microsoft’s ‘Chief People Person’ speaks on tech’s diversity problems


Can high-tech helmets solve football’s thorniest problem?

The “full-contact” aspect of football – the big hits, the spectacular tackles – has helped make watching the sport a quintessential American pastime. But as…

To ensure fair pay for women, get wages out in the open

We Washingtonians pride ourselves on being liberal, progressive and altogether ahead of our nation on most things -- from marriage equality to legalized marijuana. But…

Bitcoin miners have discovered Washington

Most of the Pacific Northwest’s power comes from hydroelectricity. Central Washington counties like Chelan –well-positioned to tap the powerful Columbia River cutting through it – enjoy some of…

Trish Dziko is fighting inequality in tech, one student at a time

Throughout the month, Crosscut will be showcasing the perspectives and experiences of women within the region’s innovation economy, as well as analysis of the persistent gender gaps within the tech industry. To…

We must civilize the tech bros, for the good of humanity


Smartypants guide to entering the world of virtual reality

You may have seen 360 degree videos on Facebook recently, or messed around with Google Cardboard on your smartphone, but the extent to which the…

Mini microscope could detect cancer right in the operating room

When a doctor determines a patient has a brain tumor, the next step is usually surgery. Knife in hand, the surgeon is soon presented with…

Did Obama “green light” a trillion-dollar industry in Puget Sound?

Our region was built on ludicrous-sounding “get rich quick” schemes. Long before software and airplanes, Seattle’s economy ran on timber. But it was the Klondike…

Positive disruption: Puget Sound’s best civic tech projects of 2015

Technology, the sector, may be responsible for Seattle’s rapid growth over the last several years, giving new urgency to conversations about equity, affordability, and the…

Livestream of the year: Local man both robbed and arrested in single minute

When Amazon bought Twitch for $970 million last year, I’ll admit to being baffled. Twitch is a company that offers an online platform dedicated to…

Hacking the feds: A local man’s crimes reveal a global scam

As architect of a major scam network, Bryan Seely tried to make amends by committing federal crimes.

Activists want to unionize Uber. Here are the challenges they face.

This Friday, Obama strategist-turned-Uber spokesman David Plouffe will be in town to deliver a speech entitled “Uber and the Future of Work”. The event is…