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
Jan. 16 2019 6:23 PMSocial Media’s Weird FutureThe Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz explains TikTok, Instagram eggs, and why teens are reading the comments.
Gizmos
Jan. 10 2019 3:03 PMWhich Smart Speaker Should You Trust Most—and Least?How to decide on a virtual assistant if you care about privacy.
The Industry
Jan. 3 2019 9:38 PMWhy the iPhone Is Finally FadingThe future of computing isn’t in your pocket. It’s everywhere.
If Then
Dec. 26 2018 7:00 AMAftermath of a Data BreachA cybersecurity expert on the bizarre legal battles after a big data theft and the confusion for everyday consumers who may have been affected.
Future Tense
Dec. 20 2018 6:37 PMWhat the NYT’s Facebook Investigation Really Tells UsFacebook may or may not have lost its handle on our data. But it has definitely lost its handle on the public narrative—and the benefit of the doubt.
If Then
Dec. 19 2018 4:58 PMAre We on the Brink of an “Information World War”?An interview with the lead author of a new report to the Senate Intelligence Committee on how rival powers are weaponizing social media.
If Then
Dec. 12 2018 4:09 PMBringing Amazon to the TableWorkers at Amazon fulfillment centers in Minneapolis are fighting for better conditions. And Amazon is starting to come to the table.
Moneybox
Dec. 6 2018 12:39 PMFacebook Never Really Cared About Connecting the WorldUnless, as a new trove of embarrassing internal emails shows, the company could profit from it.
The Industry
Nov. 28 2018 11:52 PMWhere’s the Facebook Walkout?It’s time for employees of the social network to speak out.
Gizmos
Nov. 23 2018 5:45 AMHow to Choose Between Google and Alexa in 2018It’s still a close call. But the choice is getting clearer.
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.
Moneybox
Jan. 14 2019 11:56 PMWired Very Quietly Laid Off Five Journalists Last WeekIs this a sign of more to come at Condé Nast?
If Then
Jan. 9 2019 6:58 PMDumb PhonesSmartphone sales are on the decline, but shady characters buying your location data are on the rise.
If Then
Jan. 2 2019 6:00 PMBest of 2018A look back at some of If Then’s best interviews of the year.
The Industry
Dec. 22 2018 5:45 AMIf You Delete Facebook, Do You Also Have to Delete Instagram and WhatsApp?
If Then
Dec. 20 2018 10:43 AM“Ready-Made Audiences for Propagandists”A co-author of a new Senate report on Russia’s 2016 disinformation campaign explains how social media—and Americans—became so vulnerable to exploitation.
The Industry
Dec. 18 2018 12:15 PMTwitter Will Finally Make It Easy to Set Your Timeline to Reverse-Chronological
The Industry
Dec. 11 2018 8:06 PMGoogle’s Web of ConfusionCongress was befuddled by how the search giant works. That’s exactly why they need to regulate it.
If Then
Dec. 5 2018 4:00 PMFacebook’s Race Problem(s)A former employee wants reform, and a civil rights group wants Facebook’s policy chief fired.
If Then
Nov. 28 2018 4:02 PMTomorrow’s Children, EditedThe journalist who broke the story on the first efforts to gene-edit babies, joins If Then to talk about the controversial procedure’s history, future, and ethics.
If Then
Nov. 21 2018 4:42 PMAlex Stamos Is Still Living the 2016 ElectionFacebook’s former security chief, who reportedly clashed with Sheryl Sandberg, reflects on how the social network handled Russian misinformation—and how it can do better next time.
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.

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