David Auerbach
David Auerbach David Auerbach

David Auerbach is a writer and software engineer based in New York, and a fellow at New America.

Bitwise
Jan. 25 2016 5:00 PMWhat Twitter Must Do Small pivots aren’t enough to fix the social network’s toxic atmosphere and troubled business. It needs a much more drastic plan.
Bitwise
Jan. 19 2016 2:10 PMThe Theory of Everything and Then SomeIn complexity theory, physicists try to understand economics while sociologists think like biologists. Can they bring us any closer to universal knowledge?
Medical Examiner
Dec. 16 2015 2:33 PMAnother Misguided Panic About AutismTelling pregnant women to stop taking antidepressants is irresponsible.
Bitwise
Dec. 1 2015 10:18 PMCan We Trust the Hacker Philanthropists?We now rely on tech billionaires to solve our most pressing problems. That’s a problem, too—and it’s our fault.
Medical Examiner
Nov. 12 2015 5:40 AMFacilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t DieThis discredited technique for communicating with profoundly disabled people is being pushed into public schools. 
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2015 10:33 AMHow Prison Architect Could Liberate GamingCrowdfunding has failed to revolutionize video games. An oddball game about building penitentiaries just showed there’s still a way.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
Aug. 17 2015 4:02 PMI’ve Worked Insanely Demanding Tech JobsAnd I really doubt Amazon is much worse than Google—or even Microsoft.
Bitwise
Aug. 3 2015 12:24 PMBroken Windows TheoryMicrosoft’s Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Here’s how to protect yourself.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
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.
Lexicon Valley
June 26 2015 12:02 PMR-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means to Scalia
Future Tense
June 16 2015 12:50 PMThe OPM Breach Is a CatastropheFirst the government must own up to its failure. Then the feds should follow this plan to fix it.
Future Tense
Jan. 21 2016 2:33 PMWhy Does Facebook Think I’m Interested in Becoming Eastern Orthodox?Answers to your questions about perplexing experiences with Internet companies.
Bitwise
Jan. 7 2016 12:25 PMHow Bad Is Microsoft’s Data Land-Grab?Some critics misunderstand what the company is up to. That doesn’t make it any more trustworthy.
Bitwise
Dec. 10 2015 3:27 PMThe Hacktivist War on ISIS?An offshoot of Anonymous has declared war on terrorism. But its efforts could be making things worse. 
Bitwise
Nov. 19 2015 4:53 PMThere Is No Good Argument for Encryption BackdoorsThey won’t make us safer from terrorism. They might do the opposite.
Future Tense
Oct. 23 2015 1:05 PMWhy Did Facebook Just Suggest I Friend My Ex?Answers to your questions about creepy experiences with Internet companies.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
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.
Books
Sept. 11 2015 10:59 AM**** You have lost ****A text adventure review.
Classes
Sept. 1 2015 9:56 AMThe Limits of LanguageWittgenstein explains why we always misunderstand one another on the Internet.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
July 28 2015 11:25 AMLo, Rowhammer!Security researchers just revealed a computer vulnerability that’s frightening, amazing, and unlike anything else.
Bitwise
July 14 2015 11:12 AMHow to Detox RedditDon’t ban hate speech on the site. Put it in super-quarantine.
Bitwise
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.
Bitwise
June 25 2015 2:19 PMThe Unvarnished NerdHollywood is afraid to portray realistically alienating hackers. Mr. Robot goes there.
Bitwise
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.

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