There Is No Good Argument for Encryption Backdoors
They won’t make us safer from terrorism. They might do the opposite.
The Gun-Control Debate Won’t Be Won With StatisticsWhen horrific shootings happen, we trot out sobering facts. It’s not working.
The Programs That Become the Programmers“Machine learning” is starting to reshape how we live. It’s time we understood it.
It’s OK to Be a LudditeMocking people who fear technology’s dehumanizing creep is easy. Here’s why they have a point.
Beware 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.
Lo, Rowhammer!Security researchers just revealed a computer vulnerability that’s frightening, amazing, and unlike anything else.
The 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.
The Curious Case of Mencius MoldbugA software engineer’s odious political writing got him booted from a tech conference. It shouldn’t have.
Ignore the Tech SkepticsDismissing the digital era amid the empty buzz of Silicon Valley is easy. But our lives will depend on technology soon enough.
Big AnecdataStudies that explain systemic racism using Google searches are fascinating. Don’t trust them.
If You Can’t Stop It, Hide ItTwitter has a new plan to make its community less abusive—by siloing off abuse.
Fghcvq Is as Fghcvq DoesThe encryption app NQ Mobile Vault uses laughably crackable encryption. It’s not the only app that should make you nervous.
You Had One Job, LenovoAnd it didn’t involve sneaking malicious adware onto your customers’ computers.
Volkswagen’s VillainsDon’t blame rogue managers for the company’s emissions scandal. Blame a corrosive corporate culture and the dynasty that shaped it.
I’ve Worked Insanely Demanding Tech JobsAnd I really doubt Amazon is much worse than Google—or even Microsoft.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Bananas?Google’s DeepDream is dazzling, druggy, and creepy. It’s also the future of A.I.
What the Reddit Rebellion Is Really AboutInfluential moderators blacked out much of the site. Their reasons have big implications for Reddit’s future.
The Unvarnished NerdHollywood is afraid to portray realistically alienating hackers. Mr. Robot goes there.
The New RandroidsA slice of America’s tech workers is primed to desert the Democratic Party. And libertarian-leaning Republicans want them.
The Silicon TowerCompanies like Facebook are making incursions into academic research. Here’s why that’s such a problem.
Buyer Still BewareLibertarians think the “perfect information” of the Internet will make regulation obsolete. They are so, so wrong.
Privacy Is Becoming a Premium ServiceAT&T wants customers to pay the company not to spy on them. And it’s not an outlier.
The Open-Source QuestionSome of the Web’s most important infrastructure is barely funded. How can we preserve it?