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"Our most detailed view of Earth across space and time"

Google has released an update to their Google Earth Timelapse feature that provides for a longer time horizon and a much greater level of detail than has been previously available. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 29, 2016 - 10 comments

Don't be a glasshole

Mozilla and the Tactical Technology Collective have created a popup storefront in lower Manhattan called The Glass Room: Looking Into Your Online Life. Situated somewhere along the education—art spectrum, The Glass Room provides "a place to consider how you use technology and how those behind technology use you" (as put on the landing page). Resources include a variety of workshops about technology and privacy, along with a book of leaked passwords and other art installations.
posted by redct on Nov 29, 2016 - 14 comments

Tech, phones, capitalism, dopamine

“The world is turning into this giant Skinner box for the self, The experience that is being designed for in banking or health care is the same as in Candy Crush. It’s about looping people into these flows of incentive and reward. Your coffee at Starbucks, your education software, your credit card, the meds you need for your diabetes. Every consumer interface is becoming like a slot machine.”
posted by latkes on Nov 29, 2016 - 39 comments

The internet era of fun and games is over

Network security expert Bruce Schneier notes that if everything has a computer in it, then everything IS a computer. That has serious implications for security. [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 23, 2016 - 66 comments

I Am A Warrior Forged In Ice And Iron, And I Will Take No DAMB Baths!

Horace, Boar of the North (slTumblr) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 10, 2016 - 10 comments

I hope that the net stops fighting over stupid political stuff

"I didn't go online for a long time because of my fears it'd mostly be a bunch of 15-year old technoid geeks and social outcasts. ☯87DEC" Visit the early days of the Internet with @WWWTEXt which posts online conversations from 1980-94
posted by The Whelk on Oct 29, 2016 - 19 comments

GifCities!

To celebrate "20 years of preserving the web", the Internet Archive has unveiled GifCities – The Geocities Animated GIF Search Engine. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 26, 2016 - 20 comments

Wave of Cyber Attacks Hit Major US Websites

Many sites including Twitter, Shopify and Spotify suffering outage. USA Today and Fortune Magazine offer additional details. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security was “monitoring the situation" but that “at this point [we] don’t have any information about who may be responsible for this malicious activity.”
posted by Hermione Granger on Oct 21, 2016 - 265 comments

Classifying Voice

Freedom of speech in the digital age - "Speech that disseminates ideas is more valuable than speech whose purpose is to intimidate others." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Oct 10, 2016 - 26 comments

It probably wasn’t a snake.

As you may know, a couple weeks ago an unidentified woodland creature ate our internet.
posted by matrixclown on Oct 7, 2016 - 24 comments

Viciously brilliant souls with robust texting plans

Or rather, to be scrupulously accurate: We have been parted often since, in fact most of the time, as I live elsewhere, though she has ever been the companion of my heart. But I first knew her as my own on the internet. Making friends on the internet is the closest I have ever come to fulfilling my dream of becoming one of the monks of the B’omarr Order, who keep their brains in jars and the jars on mechanical spider-legs, and who are seen briefly in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi: It is a nearly perfectly unembodied act. Online, we are all Jane Eyre yelling about soul-kindred-ness to one another.
posted by sciatrix on Oct 5, 2016 - 14 comments

A brief look at North Korea's 28 websites

Two days ago, while automatically maintaining and updating TLDR - A Continuously Updated Historical TLD Records Archive, a "new" country unexpectedly provided public access, when North Korea misconfigured its nameserver. In other words, its limited intranet was opened to the internet, and North Korea's DNS "leak" was archived, recording 9 top-level domains with 28 websites, significantly lower than the previously estimated 1,000 to 5,500 websites in 2014. The internet, as accessed by those North Koreans who have or can use computers, is very small. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 22, 2016 - 36 comments

Because Everything Thrives in the Free Market!

The ruling that state laws trump FCC efforts to expand broadband access means that Pinetops' current service ends October 28, 2016. The city of Wilson, fearing jeopardizing the service they can currently legally offer, won't appeal. Meanwhile, AT&T has something classy to say about a competitor.
posted by juiceCake on Sep 22, 2016 - 19 comments

Only Disconnect

"If the internet killed you, I used to joke, then I would be the first to find out. Years later, the joke was running thin. In the last year of my blogging life, my health began to give out....My doctor, dispensing one more course of antibiotics, finally laid it on the line: “Did you really survive HIV to die of the web?” On the costs of the always-connected life: Andrew Sullivan, "I Used to Be a Human Being" (nymag.com).
posted by MonkeyToes on Sep 20, 2016 - 100 comments

LinkNYC changes tack

Over the past few months, LinkNYC has installed hundreds of its free high-speed wi-fi kiosks in Manhattan, and dozens more in Queens and the Bronx. In addition to wi-fi, the kiosks provide USB charging for phones, and—via a small built-in tablet—free phone calls, maps, and access to the web. They'd be supported via advertising on the big HD screens on each side and would cost taxpayers nothing. Or that was the idea, anyway... [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Sep 15, 2016 - 105 comments

Dataism: Getting out of the 'job loop' and into the 'knowledge loop'

From deities to data - "For thousands of years humans believed that authority came from the gods. Then, during the modern era, humanism gradually shifted authority from deities to people... Now, a fresh shift is taking place. Just as divine authority was legitimised by religious mythologies, and human authority was legitimised by humanist ideologies, so high-tech gurus and Silicon Valley prophets are creating a new universal narrative that legitimises the authority of algorithms and Big Data." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Sep 7, 2016 - 45 comments

The hippest internet café of 1995

Take a trip down memory lane to the hippest internet café of 1995 (SLYT).
posted by Harald74 on Sep 7, 2016 - 42 comments

You agree not to alter or infucate any part of the Curatrix.

The PT Spermoblast is a tool to mess with (english language) web pages. You order a specific page (form lankly), and the Polymerism serves it to you, with a few minor changes. I used a public domain English word list to seriatim pick words to disendow and put in. The Glenlivat doesn't read any effervescence, it only looks for words on the webpage that appear in its word list. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Sep 5, 2016 - 13 comments

El Paquete Semanal

The Cuban CDN El Paquete is a weekly service where someone (typically found through word of mouth) comes to your home with a disk (usually a 1TB external USB drive) containing a weekly download of the most recent films, soap operas, documentaries, sport, music, mobile apps, magazines, and even web sites. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Aug 24, 2016 - 7 comments

This post is under 24 hour video surveillance

Brockville, Ontario is the newest place to add an Internet Purchase Exchange location to their municipality -- this one in a video surveilled section of the police parking lot. The idea seems to be relatively recent, but catching on, starting with one of the first in Mobile, Alabama and now with locations in Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Utah, and across Canada. With over 100 murders now linked to Craigslist, is this an idea whose time has come?
posted by Shepherd on Aug 24, 2016 - 25 comments

Indian government blacks out internet in Kashmir

Kashmir, where over 50 civilian protesters have been killed in recent days and where the Indian government has imposed a physical curfew in places to prevent more protests, has also been subjected to a total "e-curfew": both mobile and broadband internet have been shut down by the Indian government, the former for over a month now (link, link, link). [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Aug 13, 2016 - 14 comments

RT is not an endorsement

Are internet populists ruining democracy for the rest of us? by Vyacheslav W. Polonski, Network scientist, University of Oxford
posted by infini on Aug 9, 2016 - 21 comments

My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise

"Five years ago I wrote something that became kind of popular.... It was bizarre to see my name in pink fonts, being sold as a commodity when the entirety of my work has been against the commodification of feminist ideas and the misuse, appropriation and subsequent lack of credit of feminism of color." (SL Medium, by Flavia Dzodan)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 9, 2016 - 34 comments

The new New Deal

How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s
posted by Michele in California on Aug 8, 2016 - 18 comments

你为什么不

"Biologists have found that human language, like bird song, may evolve to accommodate its environment through acoustic adaptation. In the internet, a similar phenomenon happens to our visual languages: our memes hold something of the digital landscapes they proliferate in. In China, the digitally-active keep folders of 表情 (biǎo qíng) [gifs], which literally means “facial expression.”

An introductory field guide to the Chinese biaoqing.

posted by joshwa on Aug 2, 2016 - 11 comments

Trolls for Hire

“The point is to spoil it, to create the atmosphere of hate, to make it so stinky that normal people won’t want to touch it” [SLNewYorker]
posted by alrightokay on Jul 28, 2016 - 54 comments

Social divide stays in online learning

BBC: "There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and poor pupils spent similar amounts of time online. But richer youngsters were much more likely to use the internet for learning rather than games. The study argues that even with equal access to technology a "digital divide" persists in how the internet is used.""
posted by marienbad on Jul 26, 2016 - 25 comments

Apparently no one in the New Zealand branch had ever used the internet

McDonalds Let the Internet Create Their Own Burgers and Guess What Happened
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 24, 2016 - 40 comments

“Can you Yahoo me now?”

Verizon to Pay $4.8 Billion for Yahoo’s Core Business [The New York Times] Yahoo was the front door to the web for an early generation of internet users, and its services still attract a billion visitors a month. But the internet is an unforgiving place for yesterday’s great idea, and on Sunday, Yahoo reached the end of the line as an independent company. The board of the Silicon Valley company agreed to sell Yahoo’s core internet operations and land holdings to Verizon for $4.8 billion, according to people briefed on the matter, who were not authorized to speak about the deal before the planned announcement on Monday morning. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 24, 2016 - 97 comments

Can I trust you?

Stealing Hope: A longread series from the Charleston Post & Courier on a group of "emotional scammers" preying on increasingly desperate adoptive parents. (Design Warning: All Links Contain Autoplaying Animations)
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 18, 2016 - 5 comments

Where one half just doesn’t know anything at all about the other.

Increasingly, what counts as a fact is merely a view that someone feels to be true. Many newsrooms are in danger of losing what matters most about journalism: the valuable, civic, pounding-the-streets, sifting-the-database, asking-challenging-questions hard graft of uncovering things that someone doesn’t want you to know. Serious, public-interest journalism is demanding, and there is more of a need for it than ever. It helps keep the powerful honest; it helps people make sense of the world and their place in it. Facts and reliable information are essential for the functioning of democracy – and the digital era has made that even more obvious.
posted by bitmage on Jul 17, 2016 - 34 comments

Let's play Global Thermonuclear War: lasting impacts of WarGames

If, after the media dubbed Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (YT video, Wikipedia) as "Star Wars" (transcript) in 1983, you might quesiton his concerns triggered from another movie mere months later. But after watching WarGames, he was informed that "the problem is much worse than you think." WarGames was that accurate thanks in part to input in the script from an engineer named Willis Ware, who had concerns about network security (PDF) for decades before the movie. Reagan's fears lead to the first cybersecurity directive from any U.S. President and the first concerns about the NSA's potential role in "data base oversight" (Google books preview), as well as an attempt to regulate teenagers and teenaged technology (Gbp) that impacts US internet use to this day. And then there was the USSR computer program that nearly triggered WWIII. What a year. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 13, 2016 - 20 comments

"We have to choose between silence and the acceptance of risk."

Even Doing Academic Research On Video Games Puts Me At Risk: On managing personal information in a risky field.
posted by Pope Guilty on Jul 11, 2016 - 29 comments

The Uncanny Mind That Built Ethereum

Vitalik Buterin invented the world's hottest new cryptocurrency and inspired a movement — before he'd turned 20 - "I think a large part of the consequence is necessarily going to be disempowering some of these centralized players to some extent because ultimately power is a zero sum game. And if you talk about empowering the little guy, as much as you want to couch it in flowery terminology that makes it sound fluffy and good, you are necessarily disempowering the big guy. And personally I say screw the big guy. They have enough money already." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Jun 16, 2016 - 62 comments

a code that's difficult to filter whose meaning incites waves of hate

(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online
posted by griphus on Jun 2, 2016 - 112 comments

Sapiens 2.0: Homo Deus?

In his follow-up to Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari envisions what a 'useless class' of humans might look like as AI advances and spreads - "I'm aware that these kinds of forecasts have been around for at least 200 years, from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and they never came true so far. It's basically the boy who cried wolf, but in the original story of the boy who cried wolf, in the end, the wolf actually comes, and I think that is true this time." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on May 24, 2016 - 23 comments

Keep away from Invasive Telepathy

Ever wonder what the Internet might look like in Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings? Wonder no more: THE REALM OF ROUGH TELEPATHY
posted by hobgadling on May 14, 2016 - 4 comments

STOP! Using the Internet!

Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to Nearly one in two Internet users say privacy and security concerns have now stopped them from doing basic things online — such as posting to social networks, expressing opinions in forums or even buying things from websites, according to a new government survey released Friday. This chilling effect, pulled out of a survey of 41,000 U.S. households who use the Internet, show the insecurity of the Web is beginning to have consequences that stretch beyond the direct fall-out of an individual losing personal data in breach. The research suggests some consumers are reaching a tipping point where they feel they can no longer trust using the Internet for everyday activities.
posted by robbyrobs on May 14, 2016 - 74 comments

“Malware, phishing campaigns, DDoS attacks are all things I have seen,”

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About How ISIS Uses The Internet by Sheera Frenkel [Buzzfeed] They talk on Telegram and send viruses to their enemies. BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel looks at how ISIS members and sympathizers around the world use the internet to grow their global network. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 14, 2016 - 28 comments

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Free Basics: Facebook's Biggest Setback From Zuckerberg’s vantage point, high above the connected world he had helped create, India was a largely blank map. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 12, 2016 - 48 comments

Web 0.0

Civitacampomarano is a small village in the province of Campobasso, Italy, with just 400 souls, mainly elderly. In this village, rich in folk traditions, Internet is a partially unknown world: mobile phones have difficulty working and the data connection is practically nonexistent. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on May 12, 2016 - 12 comments

Welcome to the Splinternet

Scott Malcomsen has a brand new book: Splinternet; How Geopolitics and Commerce Are Fragmenting the World Wide Web. [more inside]
posted by bukvich on May 8, 2016 - 7 comments

Notes from a burning room

KC Green, the artist behind the "this is fine" meme, talks about its origin and meaning.
posted by Artw on May 5, 2016 - 54 comments

Ok. Did you turn it off and then on again?

To the immense relief of technical support staff everywhere as well as your Aunt Helen, you can now buy a smartplug for power-cycling your internet router. It seems like router makers are aware you might need this.
posted by selfnoise on May 4, 2016 - 79 comments

.su

An excerpt from Ben Peter's How Not To Network A Nation [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 3, 2016 - 11 comments

I want no part of such elec-trickery.

How could kids today rebel? Stephen Fry suggests going off the grid.
posted by JanetLand on Apr 22, 2016 - 61 comments

“There was big hype over the video, the stream had a good 2.8K views,”

When Rape Is Broadcast Live On The Internet by Rossalyn Warren [Buzzfeed News] Sexual assault, domestic abuse, and attempted murder are among the crimes recently captured on live video services. BuzzFeed News uncovered one apparent incident of a rape aired in real time and asked what it means for the companies that host this content. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 21, 2016 - 91 comments

Looking forward to the ironic pileons

"When we punish others, we're advertising our own moral character" is one of the assertions made in this piece on Vox that offers a number of explanations for the question of "why it's so easy to get sucked into fights on the internet."
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 20, 2016 - 22 comments

The Great Firewall of China has blocked The Economist

After leading with a cover story criticizing Xi Jinping (otoh) The Economist has been censored in China; Time too and now Medium. [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Apr 20, 2016 - 24 comments

"Teen girl" chatbot Tay lit up the internet with her rapid "learning".

What happens when creating a new AI chatbot is as easy as installing a new app? Hugh Hancock writing on Charles Stross's blog explores the future implications of swarms of artificially intelligent chatbots. [more inside]
posted by theorique on Apr 19, 2016 - 34 comments

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