Will Oremus, The Sydney Morning Herald

Will Oremus

The Sydney Morning Herald

Goleta, CA, United States

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Past articles by Will:

Pregnancy apps become a battleground of vaccine misinformation

What to Expect When You’re Expecting has been a trusty companion for a generation of expectant parents. But those using the book’s app have also found a “community” section rife with scare stories and conspiracy theories. → Read More

What Substack Is Really Doing to the Media

The company is targeting one of news organizations’ weak points. → Read More

Who Really Writes Twitter's 'Trending' Summaries

'Twitter description guy' isn't a guy. It's Twitter's Curation team, and I talked to the woman who runs it. → Read More

What Not to Buy Your Loved Ones If You Care About Their Privacy

There’s never a shortage of breathless holiday gadget guides, but here’s one that is legitimately a must-read if you’re planning on gifting any Internet-connected devices this year. In Debugger… → Read More

The Battle Over Facebook’s Top 10 List

What kind of news does the news feed feed when the news feed does feed news? → Read More

The Key Questions That Will Decide Whether Google Is a Monopoly

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit this week alleging that Google is an illegal monopoly. Now comes the tricky part: proving it. Once a humble search engine with no business model, Google… → Read More

How “Breaking Up” Apple and Amazon Might Actually Work

A banking law from 1956 offers a realistic model for regulating dominant internet platforms. → Read More

The Man Who Rallied India Against Facebook Worries Digital Nationalism Has Gone Too Far

Six years before India shook the global internet by banning TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps, Nikhil Pahwa was trying to convince his country to care about tech policy. It was October 2014, and… → Read More

Why Australia Is Making Facebook and Google Pay the Media

With news outlets in crisis, some countries are turning to Big Tech to save them. That’s trickier than it sounds. → Read More

Instagram Turned a User’s Tweet Into a Feature Overnight

At 8:09 on Wednesday evening, Musa Tariq of San Francisco tweeted at Instagram with an idea for a product tweak. Platforms as big as Instagram get unsolicited feature requests all the time, from all… → Read More

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage

It isn’t really about hoarding. And there isn’t an easy fix. → Read More

The Simplest Way to Spot Coronavirus Misinformation on Social Media

If you were on Twitter Monday, there’s a solid chance you ran across the tweet below, imploring readers not to use hand sanitizer to guard against the coronavirus. In less than a day, it was… → Read More

Why Tech Journalists Took Off Their Rose-Colored Glasses

Why technology reporters are going harder on big tech companies. → Read More

The Best Reason for Your City to Ban Facial Recognition

The technology isn’t ready. Society isn’t ready. And the law isn’t ready. → Read More

Why Big Tech Companies Are Suddenly Trying to Save Local News

The bull is returning to fix the china shop. → Read More

The Strange Story of the Most-Shared Story on Facebook in 2019

How a 119-word local crime brief went mega-viral. → Read More

Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Cutting Their Pay Ahead of the Companies’ Multibillion-Dollar IPOs

States across the country are passing laws on the employment status of gig workers. → Read More

Apple Wants to Sell You the News. And TV. And Games. And

Forget selling iPhones. Apple wants to be the middleman for everything you buy. → Read More

Facebook Live Gave the New Zealand Shooter a Stage

The main suspect in the New Zealand shooting appears to come from some of the most hateful corners of the internet. → Read More

Apple’s New AirPods Are the Future, Like It or Not

Not because they're revolutionary, but because they just work—and young people love them. → Read More