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.

The Industry
Aug. 21 2018 5:55 AMSocial Media Companies Aren’t Liberal or ConservativeThey’re capitalist. And their real biases are against labor costs and controversy.
If Then
Aug. 15 2018 4:46 PMMaking Sense of Elon MuskTesla and SpaceX reporter Dana Hull on what drives tech’s most enigmatic CEO.
The Industry
Aug. 10 2018 10:05 AMWhy Twitter Is Tolerating Alex Jones and Courting the Right WingFour theories.
The Industry
Aug. 7 2018 3:00 PMFacebook and Apple Moved the Goal Posts to Ban Alex JonesThey did it messily and far too late—but it’s still an encouraging sign.
The Industry
July 26 2018 4:23 PMThe Shape of Mis- and DisinformationIt spreads in different ways on different platforms. And we’re still coming to grips with how to deal with it.
Future Tense
July 24 2018 3:28 PMMaybe Trump Isn’t the Internet’s Fault, After AllA new study shows Trump did best among voters who were extremely offline.
The Industry
July 19 2018 12:25 PMWhen Twitter Blows the WhistleThe social network’s chief of trust and safety explains the company’s approach to free speech, why it’s booting more trolls, and why it hasn’t kicked off Alex Jones.
Future Tense
July 14 2018 2:25 PMWhy Does Microsoft Want a Government Crackdown on Face Recognition?
If Then
July 11 2018 3:28 PMThe Surveillance State’s Eyes at the U.S. BorderTechnology is reshaping law enforcement on the border and at home—not always for the better.
The Industry
July 10 2018 1:30 PMTwitter Is Escalating Its War on TrollsWhy isn’t it working?
If Then
July 5 2018 10:42 AMThe Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand the InternetWhat Anthony Kennedy’s retirement could mean for online speech, privacy, and antitrust.
The Industry
June 28 2018 4:02 PM“A Collective Aghastness”Why Silicon Valley workers are demanding their employers stop doing business with the Trump administration.
The Industry
June 27 2018 5:50 AMThe Great Facebook CrashThe social giant is retreating from the news business. It’s been a painful transition for publications that had come to depend on it—including Slate.
If Then
June 20 2018 4:28 PMShould Tech Companies Take a Stand Against Family Separation?Big Tech came out strong against the travel ban. Will it fight as hard to end family separation at the border?
If Then
June 13 2018 5:34 PMNot Getting By in the Gig EconomyAuthor Sarah Kessler explains how the “future of work” has helped computer programmers—and failed those who need it most. 
The Industry
Aug. 17 2018 5:19 PMThe Other Brains Behind Tesla and SpaceXEccentric, brilliant, and now troubled, Elon Musk is synonymous with his companies. Good thing he’s not the only one running them.
The Industry
Aug. 15 2018 4:19 PMiPhones and Androids Need a GPS ButtonSmartphones deliberately make it a hassle to turn off location tracking. Apple and Google should fix that right now.
If Then
Aug. 8 2018 3:00 PMEmbracing Deplorable StatusA conversation with the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer on QAnon, Pizzagate, and why so many Trump supporters are falling for online conspiracy theories.
If Then
Aug. 1 2018 3:00 PMDon’t Call Them Flying CarsThe former head of “urban aviation” at Uber says they’re coming. The question is how soon.
If Then
July 25 2018 3:20 PMF*** NewsThe press has to cover “fake news.” That helps it take hold.
The Industry
July 20 2018 12:28 PMWhy Facebook Keeps Stepping In ItThe social network can defend hateful ideas on its platform, or it can purge them. It keeps blundering because it doesn’t want to do either.
If Then
July 18 2018 6:38 PMHow a Top Twitter Exec Tackles TrollsVijaya Gadde explains why harassers must go, but conspiracy theorists can stay.
The Industry
July 11 2018 7:05 PMWhy Facebook Is Giving So Much Airtime to Fox NewsThe social network’s foray into TV news features an awful lot of liberals’ least favorite cable channel. But it could do worse.
The Industry
July 11 2018 12:00 PMWhy You Probably Just Lost Some Twitter Followers
The Industry
July 6 2018 5:37 PMWhy We Suddenly Care That Google Let App Developers Read Our GmailThe bar for online privacy has gone up. And it’s about time.
Users
June 28 2018 5:23 PMThis “Fantasy Supreme Court” Meme Is the Only Good Thing on Twitter Today
If Then
June 27 2018 4:51 PMTech Workers Fight BackTech workers take a stand against their companies’ complicity.
The Industry
June 22 2018 10:16 AMFacebook Says It Has “No Plans” to Listen in On Your Conversations
Future Tense
June 20 2018 3:19 PMA Rare Win for Privacy: Wireless Carriers Will Stop Sharing Your Location
The Industry
June 7 2018 4:59 PMFacebook Changed 14 Million People’s Privacy Settings to “Public” Without Warning

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