Broken Windows Theory
Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Here’s how to protect yourself.
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.
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?
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?
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.