There Is No Good Argument for Encryption Backdoors

They won’t make us safer from terrorism. They might do the opposite.

Oct. 7 2015 5:55 PMThe Gun-Control Debate Won’t Be Won With StatisticsWhen horrific shootings happen, we trot out sobering facts. It’s not working.
Sept. 25 2015 1:34 PMThe Programs That Become the Programmers“Machine learning” is starting to reshape how we live. It’s time we understood it.
Sept. 9 2015 6:26 PMIt’s OK to Be a LudditeMocking people who fear technology’s dehumanizing creep is easy. Here’s why they have a point.
Aug. 11 2015 2:24 PMBeware the BlocklistsThey can be useful, imperfect tools for filtering out harassment online. And they can be just as troublesome as the problem they purport to fix.
July 28 2015 11:25 AMLo, Rowhammer!Security researchers just revealed a computer vulnerability that’s frightening, amazing, and unlike anything else.
July 14 2015 11:12 AMHow to Detox RedditDon’t ban hate speech on the site. Put it in super-quarantine.
July 2 2015 1:05 PMThe Digital DemagogueThe Greek prime minister’s faceoff with Europe is something new: a bold, imperfect, high-velocity form of mass democracy made possible by the Internet.
June 10 2015 12:16 PMThe Curious Case of Mencius MoldbugA software engineer’s odious political writing got him booted from a tech conference. It shouldn’t have.
May 27 2015 2:43 PMIgnore the Tech SkepticsDismissing the digital era amid the empty buzz of Silicon Valley is easy. But our lives will depend on technology soon enough.
May 6 2015 5:17 PMBig AnecdataStudies that explain systemic racism using Google searches are fascinating. Don’t trust them.
April 21 2015 1:08 PMIf You Can’t Stop It, Hide ItTwitter has a new plan to make its community less abusive—by siloing off abuse.
April 7 2015 2:47 PMFghcvq Is as Fghcvq DoesThe encryption app NQ Mobile Vault uses laughably crackable encryption. It’s not the only app that should make you nervous.
March 10 2015 7:29 PMThe Death of OutrageIt once fueled the Internet. Now the Internet’s moving on.
Feb. 20 2015 8:23 AMYou Had One Job, LenovoAnd it didn’t involve sneaking malicious adware onto your customers’ computers.
Feb. 5 2015 12:04 PMThe Wikipedia OuroborosThe online encyclopedia chews up and spits out bad facts, and its own policies are letting it happen.
Oct. 1 2015 9:55 AMVolkswagen’s VillainsDon’t blame rogue managers for the company’s emissions scandal. Blame a corrosive corporate culture and the dynasty that shaped it.
Sept. 16 2015 4:54 PMWhy the U.S. Doesn’t Deserve a Back Door to Your DataBecause it can barely keep its own data safe.
Aug. 17 2015 4:02 PMI’ve Worked Insanely Demanding Tech JobsAnd I really doubt Amazon is much worse than Google—or even Microsoft.
Aug. 3 2015 12:24 PMBroken Windows TheoryMicrosoft’s Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Here’s how to protect yourself.
July 23 2015 1:09 PMDo Androids Dream of Electric Bananas?Google’s DeepDream is dazzling, druggy, and creepy. It’s also the future of A.I.
July 6 2015 11:39 AMWhat the Reddit Rebellion Is Really AboutInfluential moderators blacked out much of the site. Their reasons have big implications for Reddit’s future.
June 25 2015 2:19 PMThe Unvarnished NerdHollywood is afraid to portray realistically alienating hackers. Mr. Robot goes there.
June 2 2015 6:29 PMThe New RandroidsA slice of America’s tech workers is primed to desert the Democratic Party. And libertarian-leaning Republicans want them.
May 18 2015 4:34 PMThe Silicon TowerCompanies like Facebook are making incursions into academic research. Here’s why that’s such a problem.
April 29 2015 3:47 PMTwitter at the CrossroadsThe company knows it’s in trouble. And its options are bleak.
April 15 2015 5:29 PMBuyer Still BewareLibertarians think the “perfect information” of the Internet will make regulation obsolete. They are so, so wrong.
March 31 2015 6:25 PMPrivacy Is Becoming a Premium ServiceAT&T wants customers to pay the company not to spy on them. And it’s not an outlier.
Feb. 24 2015 6:07 PMAre Lenovo and Superfish Evil or Incompetent?Also, what’s Komodia, and is it evil or incompetent?
Feb. 12 2015 5:09 PMThe Open-Source QuestionSome of the Web’s most important infrastructure is barely funded. How can we preserve it?
Jan. 21 2015 5:37 PMWords, Words, WordsText-only video games have been around for decades. Hadean Lands shows how they can be innovative, complex, and genuinely artistic.