MIT Technology Review’s New Design-And New Mission

Tech journalism shouldn’t just explain technology, but seek to make it more of a force for good.

Gideon Lichfield: Almost exactly 20 years ago, what was then called just Technology Review was relaunched with a fresh design and the tagline "MIT’s Magazine of Innovation."

The dot-com boom was nearing its peak, and hip young journals like Wired, Fast Company, and Red Herring were selling their readers a swaggering vision of a future in which, if you were only tech-savvy enough, you would be richer and sexier, live longer, and have cooler friends.

The 99-year-old, somewhat stuffy Technology Review decided it could go after a wider audience and, in the words of its editor, John Benditt, "initiate a national dialogue on technology and innovation."

Since then…

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