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The New Yorker contributor Ronan Farrow has published an investigation into Pegasus, the most notorious commercial spyware in the world, and its maker, NSO Group. Pegasus is marketed as a tool for catching terrorists and violent criminals, but it has also been used by governments to target political opposition. “This is not just an information-gathering tool,” Farrow tells David Remnick; “It’s an intimidation tactic, and it works.” Plus, the Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis, who is playing Michelle Obama in the television show “The First Lady,” traces her acting career back to a single moment of inspiration as a child: watching Cicely Tyson star in the 1974 movie “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” And the cartoonist Liana Finck takes a ride to nowhere on the Long Island Rail Road.
Viola Davis on Playing Michelle Obama, and Finding Her Voice as an Actor
In a new memoir, Davis traces how she emerged from a difficult childhood to become one of the most acclaimed performers in Hollywood.
Ronan Farrow on the Threat of Modern Spyware
Pegasus is marketed as spyware to catch terrorists, but governments have also used it to suppress political opposition. Now tech companies such as Meta are going to battle against it.
Cartoonist Liana Finck Rides the Train to Nowhere
A regular presence in The New Yorker, Finck explains how a ride on the Long Island Rail Road gets her creative ideas flowing; she can work among people without anyone talking to her.
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