The Silicon Tower
Companies like Facebook are making incursions into academic research. Here’s why that’s such a problem.
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.
The Wikipedia OuroborosThe online encyclopedia chews up and spits out bad facts, and its own policies are letting it happen.
The Code We Can’t ControlFrank Pasquale’s new book highlights the dangers of “runaway data” and “black box algorithms.”
The Sony Hackers Are TerroristsWe’ve never seen a cyberattack like this one. Here’s why it’s so frightening.
The Princess TrapOur daughter is getting into dolls and dress-up. What are programmer parents to do?
Why Apple Pay Can Succeed Where Google Wallet FailedWith its careful and steady approach, Apple may achieve a coup in the credit ecosystem.
Blame AppleFive reasons why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all.
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?
Words, Words, WordsText-only video games have been around for decades. Hadean Lands shows how they can be innovative, complex, and genuinely artistic.
Don’t Trust the FBI YetAnd don’t believe the skeptics, either. Here’s why the Sony hack remains as murky as ever.
Encyclopedia FrownWikipedia is amazing. But it’s become a rancorous, sexist, elitist, stupidly bureaucratic mess.
Gaming Journalism Is OverThe gaming press declares that gamers are dead. But they are the ones who are becoming obsolete.
Letter to a Young Male GamerSome ground rules to keep in mind in the wake of an ugly, sexist scandal.
The First Gay Space on the InternetIt was called soc.motss, and it anticipated how we use social networks today.