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?
Vampire PornMindGeek is a cautionary tale of consolidating production and distribution in a single, monopolistic owner.
Does Reddit Have a Transparency Problem?Its free-for-all format leaves the door open for moderators to game a hugely influential system.
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.
The Big Data ParadoxIt’s never complete, and it’s always messy—and if it’s not, you can’t trust it.
The Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?It’s called Catherine, and it reveals a lot about misogynist gaming culture.
Encyclopedia FrownWikipedia is amazing. But it’s become a rancorous, sexist, elitist, stupidly bureaucratic mess.
Twitter Is BrokenIt stresses conflict over consensus. It rewards trolling instead of reasoned debate. And GamerGate proves it.
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.
Battered and Blue Police departments shouldn’t feel under siege. The public just wants better policing.
Don’t Sweat the Dodd-Frank Rollback Congress just gave Wall Street a win. It also opened the door for smarter, better financial reform.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Staff writer Lily Hay Newman shares what stories intrigued her at the magazine this week.
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Eventually His magic sleigh journey is highly inefficient. So we made him a better itinerary.
How Creative Is Your Computer? The Lovelace test is a better measure of artificial intelligence than the Turing test.
Squash vs. Baseball! Wrestling vs. Golf! Good riddance to the days when sports had to fight each other for Olympic survival.