Senior reporter on technology ethics, policy, and social issues

Cambridge, MA or remote

MIT Technology Review is looking for a reporter to cover the most important question in technology: how can we make it do less harm and more good?

Fake news, voter manipulation, online hate speech, ubiquitous surveillance, algorithmic bias—the toxic effects of technology have people increasingly worried. But knee-jerk technophobia isn’t helpful either. Human judgment, social norms, and economic and political structures are what ultimately determine how technology is built and used. We need someone who can report on these issues with nuance and depth.

Some of the themes you should expect to cover in the coming months: How are campaigns using voter data in the 2020 US presidential election, and what does that mean for democracy? Is GDPR actually protecting people’s privacy? Is the “ethical tech” movement for real? How should Big Tech be regulated, or broken up? How should we handle the human costs of job automation, the gig economy, and commodified work like content moderation? Which companies are using biometric tools like face, voice, and gait recognition, and what’s happening to the data? But we’ll also be looking to you to dig up stories about impacts of technology that nobody is yet noticing.

The mission

MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned name in technology news. We cover tech at the cutting edge, where it’s just emerging into the world. We recently revamped our mission: to make technology more of a force for good, through authoritative, influential, and trusted coverage that leads to better decision-making by those who build, use, and regulate technology. We benefit from our close ties to one of the world’s top research institutions while enjoying strict editorial independence. And we’re expanding.

The opportunity

You will cover what’s current, relevant, and innovative in tech ethics, policy, and social issues by writing a mix of timely stories interpreting the news, scoops, and longer features exploring key issues in depth. You may work in other formats—perhaps a newsletter, perhaps a podcast, perhaps others we haven’t yet thought of. You’ll speak and moderate at MIT Technology Review conferences around the globe, and represent us at other events. You’ll enjoy the access and authority (and staff benefits!) that come from our relationship with MIT and a mandate to seek out the stories that really matter, not the ones that get the most clicks.

The ideal candidate

  • You’re an experienced technology journalist with the knowledge and the contacts that go with it. Perhaps you’re already on an ethics/policy beat, or perhaps you’ve written about those issues within another beat.
  • You’re exceptional at writing about complex subjects in a clear, engaging, jargon-free way, making them accessible and meaningful to a wide audience of tech-savvy readers. 
  • You’re curious about new technologies, the people creating them, and the impacts they have on society.
  • You have a keen instinct for finding issues that truly matter and a healthy skepticism of over-hyped “breakthroughs.”
  • You care about finding the best way to tell each story. You’re excited to experiment with varied digital storytelling formats and different ways of connecting to audiences; you see yourself not just as a journalist, but also as a community builder and user-experience designer.

To apply

Please apply at Sr. Editor, Ethics & Policy (Job number 16250).