David Auerbach
David Auerbach David Auerbach

David Auerbach is a writer and software engineer based in New York. His website is http://davidauerba.ch.

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.
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July 14 2015 11:12 AMHow to Detox RedditDon’t ban hate speech on the site. Put it in super-quarantine.
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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.
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June 25 2015 2:19 PMThe Unvarnished NerdHollywood is afraid to portray realistically alienating hackers. Mr. Robot goes there.
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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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May 27 2015 2:43 PMIgnore the Tech SkepticsDismissing the digital era amid the empty buzz of Silicon Valley is easy. But our lives will depend on technology soon enough.
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May 18 2015 4:34 PMThe Silicon TowerCompanies like Facebook are making incursions into academic research. Here’s why that’s such a problem.
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May 6 2015 5:17 PMBig AnecdataStudies that explain systemic racism using Google searches are fascinating. Don’t trust them.
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April 21 2015 1:08 PMIf You Can’t Stop It, Hide ItTwitter has a new plan to make its community less abusive—by siloing off abuse.
Bitwise
April 7 2015 2:47 PMFghcvq Is as Fghcvq DoesThe encryption app NQ Mobile Vault uses laughably crackable encryption. It’s not the only app that should make you nervous.
Technology
March 25 2015 3:09 PMGoogle vs. the FTCA leaked report called Google anti-competitive. Here’s how the company and the government learned to get along.
Bitwise
Feb. 24 2015 6:07 PMAre Lenovo and Superfish Evil or Incompetent?Also, what’s Komodia, and is it evil or incompetent?
How to Be Safe Online
Feb. 18 2015 3:52 AMHow to Fight the Next $1 Billion Bank HackFor starters, assume you’ve already been hacked.
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.
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Aug. 3 2015 12:24 PMBroken Windows TheoryMicrosoft’s Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Here’s how to protect yourself.
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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.
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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.
Bitwise
June 2 2015 6:29 PMThe New RandroidsA slice of America’s tech workers is primed to desert the Democratic Party. And libertarian-leaning Republicans want them.
Brow Beat
May 21 2015 2:16 PMThe Only Literary Award That Really Matters? The Man Booker International Prize.    
Future Tense
May 12 2015 12:26 PMFacebook’s ExtremesOn the far left and the far right, users of the social network are stuck in echo chambers of their own making.
Bitwise
April 29 2015 3:47 PMTwitter at the CrossroadsThe company knows it’s in trouble. And its options are bleak.
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April 15 2015 5:29 PMBuyer Still BewareLibertarians think the “perfect information” of the Internet will make regulation obsolete. They are so, so wrong.
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March 31 2015 6:25 PMPrivacy Is Becoming a Premium ServiceAT&T wants customers to pay the company not to spy on them. And it’s not an outlier.
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March 10 2015 7:29 PMThe Death of OutrageIt once fueled the Internet. Now the Internet’s moving on.
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Feb. 20 2015 8:23 AMYou Had One Job, LenovoAnd it didn’t involve sneaking malicious adware onto your customers’ computers.
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Feb. 12 2015 5:09 PMThe Open-Source QuestionSome of the Web’s most important infrastructure is barely funded. How can we preserve it?

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Family
Sept. 2 2015 3:05 PM “Nobody Called CPS on Louis C.K.” Writing about giving your baby the finger makes people on the Internet go a little crazy.