Will Oremus
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Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer. Email him at will.oremus@slate.com or follow him on Twitter.

If Then
Nov. 21 2018 10:51 AMFacebook’s Former Security Chief Reflects on What Went WrongAlex Stamos on the NYT expose, Facebook’s political balancing act, and why Russia might be targeting the left.
If Then
Nov. 14 2018 4:49 PMAmazon’s Prime Real EstateAn employment economist explains what cities had to gain from the company’s HQ2 contest—and what they had to lose.
Politics
Nov. 8 2018 8:56 PMNo, It’s Not OK That Leftists Threatened Tucker Carlson’s Family at His D.C. Home
If Then
Nov. 6 2018 11:30 AMWhat Could Go Wrong With Voting Machines on Election Day?A top election-security expert explains how the devices might fail us—and whether a better system is possible.
The Industry
Nov. 2 2018 10:03 AMApple News Wants to Be the Sane Place to Consume the MidtermsThe company’s increasingly influential news app is taking a very different approach than other Silicon Valley platforms.
Gizmos
Oct. 31 2018 12:12 AMThe Mac Is Back—for NowA long-awaited new MacBook Air and Mac Mini give Apple lovers two appealing new options. So why does the company keep pushing the iPad Pro as the computer of the future?
The Industry
Oct. 26 2018 7:18 PMThe Pipe Bomb Suspect Appears to Have Tweeted Death Threats. Twitter Saw No Problem.
If Then
Oct. 24 2018 6:13 PMWho Owns Your DNA Data?23andMe’s top privacy officer says you control your information. But there are some caveats.
The Industry
Oct. 18 2018 6:15 PMThe Big Lie Behind the “Pivot to Video”The false metrics that Facebook is being sued over masked a deeper dishonesty: that users actually wanted more video.
If Then
Oct. 17 2018 3:59 PMHow Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Crack Down on TechThe Senate Intel Committee’s top Democrat on how government might regulate tech and what his colleagues need to learn to catch up.
Future Tense
Oct. 12 2018 5:51 PMThe Facebook Hack Could Haunt Its Victims for Years to ComeWe finally know more about what happened—and it’s not good.
Future Tense
Oct. 10 2018 5:07 PMPrivacy Not IncludedNew gadgets from Google and Facebook look fun and useful. But that’s no longer enough.
The Industry
Oct. 5 2018 10:36 AMWhy LADbible Is the Most Popular Publisher on FacebookA British lad mag’s social media dominance reminds us that the social network was never really meant to be a news site.
The Industry
Oct. 2 2018 4:31 PMThe SEC’s “Punishment” of Elon Musk Is Exactly What Tesla NeededFinally, a check on the rogue CEO’s power—and his Twitter habit.
The Industry
Sept. 28 2018 5:41 PMFacebook Can’t Say Why Users Should Still Trust ItA new, massive security breach let hackers take control of at least 50 million accounts. And Mark Zuckerberg has no answers.
The Industry
Nov. 15 2018 8:09 PMDodge, Distance, and DistractFacebook’s evasive response to a damning New York Times investigation mostly served to prove the story’s claims.
The Industry
Nov. 9 2018 2:01 PMA Vox Co-Founder Got Doxed on Twitter by a Hate-Spewing Incel, and Twitter Allowed ItIf verified users with huge followings can’t get Twitter to enforce its safety rules, what hope does everyone else have?
The Industry
Nov. 7 2018 7:09 PMWhy Social Media’s Misinformation Problem Will Never Be FixedFacebook and others have gotten more serious about hoaxes, hate speech, propaganda, and foreign election interference. Here’s how it helped in the midterms—and why they aren’t going away.
If Then
Nov. 5 2018 5:05 PMThe Meme MidtermsHas misinformation on social media gotten better or worse since 2016? And just how hackable are our voting machines?
If Then
Oct. 31 2018 4:48 PMHow Hate Online Leads to Violence OfflineThere’s a long history of online hate spilling off the internet and into the real world.
The Industry
Oct. 30 2018 8:26 AMA Year Ago, Twitter Raised Its Character Limit. Here’s What Happened.
Moneybox
Oct. 25 2018 7:02 PMTesla’s Unmet PromiseThe electric car company is riding high after a record quarter. But it still hasn’t built a $35,000 car.
Future Tense
Oct. 24 2018 3:42 PMWhy Facebook Isn’t Helping Its Users Who Got HackedBecause in big corporate data breaches, the law and the courts aren’t on victims’ side.
The Industry
Oct. 17 2018 4:52 PM“America’s Failure to Lead Is Going to Come Back and Bite Us”Sen. Mark Warner wants Congress to get tough with Big Tech. How would he do it?
The Industry
Oct. 16 2018 5:43 PMThe Many Lives of Paul AllenHis wide-ranging accomplishments are a testament to his spirit, a monument to inequality, and a preview of how today’s tech titans might one day spend their billions.
If Then
Oct. 10 2018 5:18 PMIs Privacy a Right?Tech lawyer Tiffany C. Li explains how privacy law has evolved in the digital age—and how it hasn’t.
Future Tense
Oct. 9 2018 4:56 PMEditing the Internet’s Second ScreenHow Wikipedia deals with vandals, harassers, false news, and its diversity problem.
If Then
Oct. 3 2018 5:56 PMFact and Fiction on WikipediaThe Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director explains how the site’s volunteer editors fight misinformation and harassment.
The Industry
Sept. 28 2018 6:26 PMThe Massive Facebook Hack Might Have Affected Users’ Other Apps and Websites, Too
If Then
Sept. 26 2018 5:47 PMReshuffling the Podcasting DeckHot Pod’s Nick Quah says the industry is on the precipice of big changes.

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