David B. Auerbach was a New America fellow. He worked on a book on the impact of algorithmic and computational methods on public policy and social life, to be published by Pantheon. He currently writes the weekly Bitwise column on technology for Slate, for which he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Columns and Commentary in 2014 for a series of pieces on Healthcare.gov. Previously he was a software engineer at Google and Microsoft for ten years, working primarily on server and systems infrastructure. He has also written on technology, politics, philosophy, and literature for n+1, Reuters, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, The American Reader, and elsewhere. Auerbach is a graduate of Yale University.