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Steven Levy

Editor at Large

Steven Levy covers the gamut of tech subjects for WIRED, in print and online, and has been contributing to the magazine since its inception. His newest column, Plaintext, will soon only be available to subscribers; sign up here. He has been writing about technology for more than 30 years, writing columns for Rolling Stone and Macworld, leading technology coverage for Newsweek, and cocreating a tech publication, Backchannel, on Medium. (Backchannel was integrated into WIRED in 2017.) He has written seven books, including Hackers, Crypto, Artificial Life, Insanely Great (a history of the Macintosh), and, most recently, In the Plex, the definitive story of Google. He attended Temple University and has a master’s degree in literature from Penn State. He works from the New York office.

Bogus Fears of Censorship Could Spell the End of Content Moderation

Plus: The Supreme Court in cyberspace, what’s up with Web3, and ghost town resurrections.

The Next Silicon Valley Will Be in the US Heartland

Steve Case, founder of AOL, predicts the dominance of tech companies on the coasts will give way to a flourishing of startups from smaller cities.

Neal Stephenson Named the Metaverse. Now, He’s Building It

Plus: Depicting the nerd mindset; the best lettuce; and the future is flooding.

Silicon Valley Is Obsessed With Its Evil Twin, TikTok 

Plus: Reminiscing on Steve Jobs, a question for his loved ones, and a meltdown on the West Coast. 

Twitter, Meta, and Blowing the Whistle on Big Tech

Plus: Decades-old security flaws, a wave of startup layoffs, and multiple “thousand-year” rainfalls.

Silicon Valley Conservatives Are Stepping Out of the Shadows

Plus: A simpler time in politics, a tip for WIRED subscribers, and a bad week for the former president.

Biden’s Anti-Big Tech Adviser Has Been Living the Dream

Plus: The government’s plan for Microsoft, the limits of health care disruption, and a regular irregular event.

Larry Brilliant on Covid Rapid Antigen Tests and Public Health

The epidemiologist who helped quash smallpox talks about what we're doing wrong on monkeypox, vaccines, and antigen tests.

The Supreme Court Accidentally Spurred a Data Privacy Push

Plus: Inside Google’s privacy council, a posthumous trip to the moon, and a world in flames.

Even Twitter Thinks Elon Musk’s Tweets Are Out of Control

Plus: Tweeting your personal life, swimming like sharks, and a breakup for the ages.

How Hemingway Gradually—Then Suddenly—Defined the Zeitgeist

Plus: Early attempts at writing fiction online, the many sequels to Hackers, and Canada’s pessimism.

Shopify Goes Soul-Searching

Plus: The early days of e-commerce, the question of sentience, and frightening temperatures.

Blake Lemoine Says Google's LaMDA AI Faces 'Bigotry'

In an interview with WIRED, the engineer and priest elaborated on his belief that the program is a person—and not Google's property.

The Soul of a New Machine Learning System

Plus: The end of Internet Explorer, a free-speech platform, and a lake in need of a new name.

Big Tech Has Become a Creature of the Swamp

Plus: Time travel on the blockchain, an update on apocalyptic horsemen, and '90s-era squabbles over internet regulation.

Meta’s New COO Is Nothing Like Sheryl Sandberg

Plus: The early days of Facebook, charitable donations, and a disconcerting playlist.

Sheryl Sandberg and the Death of 'The Deal' 

Meta's famous COO is leaving after 14 years at the company—and so goes a partnership that shaped our world.

Benjamin Franklin Meets the Blockchain

Plus: The early days of Y Combinator, a world without electricity, and a frightening new norm.

The Private Equity Firm That Grounded Paul Allen’s Dream

Plus: A visit to Stratolaunch, the music of the future, and prices America can’t run on.

Adam Mosseri Says He Wants Big Tech to Give Up Control

The head of Instagram has a vision for using Web3 to shift power from tech platforms to content creators—which he says will ultimately benefit both.