Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96 . A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.”.

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

“We have the data to back up what women have long been telling us—that Twitter is a place where racism, misogyny and homophobia are allowed to flourish basically unchecked.”The study looked at 778 women journalists and politicians in the US and UK, and found that 7.1 percent of tweets sent to them last year were abusive or problematic.

How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

What you need, in other words, is your local zoning code, the body of all the laws and regulations related to land use in your area.Codification services like American Legal Publishing or Municode typically post legal codes online, but Glassmeyer says they're sometimes not searchable, making it harder for people to find what they're looking for.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

We eventually found scores of American-veteran-focused Facebook pages producing politically polarizing content from outside the United States.Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report on our earliest findings for 11 committees in Congress and a host of alphabet agencies.

This New Liquid Ski Wax Gives You a Lifetime Speed Boost

This New Liquid Ski Wax Gives You a Lifetime Speed Boost

I've spent many nights in my own basement or a hotel room waxing and polishing skis to gain a bit of speed on the hill, and took a certain pride in my labor (even if the results were fleeting).I tested Phantom-treated demo skis last March in high-mountain Utah, and again for two days on Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont.

If You Hate Traffic, Curb Your Love for Online Shopping

If You Hate Traffic, Curb Your Love for Online Shopping

The efficiency of the delivery depends on a whole host of factors, like the density of where you live, whether trucks stopping in your neighborhood have places to pull over out of traffic, and how many people near you are also ordering products.

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

“Get Big Fast” gave way to “Minimum Viable Product.”The Latest Shopping TechStock BotsWalmart partnered with Bossa Nova Robotics to deploy inventory-tracking droids in 50 stores this year.Virtual ShowroomsHardware giant Lowe’s debuted its “Holoroom” last year, which guides headset-clad DIYers through home improvement projects in VR.Face TimeGourmet confectioner Lolli & Pops recently installed facial recognition cameras in stores to flag regulars and compile customized shopping recommendations.Mirror, MirrorFashion retailer Farfetch unveiled touchscreen mirrors and clothing racks that sense when an item is removed—then beam a virtual version to the shopper's smartphone.Cinderella ScannersNew Balance and Fleet Feet Sports recently introduced scanners by Volumental that generate a 3D virtual model of your feet in five seconds.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like CultsMaddie McGarvey/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesIn recent months there’s been an increase in stories in which a follower of radical conspiracies shifts their actions from the web and into the world.In June, a QAnon conspiracy follower kicked off a one-man standoff at the Hoover Dam. Another QAnon supporter was arrested the next month occupying a Cemex cement factory, claiming that he had knowledge that Cemex was secretly assisting in child trafficking—a theory discussed in Facebook groups, in an attempt to push it into Twitter trending topics.Renee DiResta (@noUpside) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, the director of research at New Knowledge, and a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation, and trust.

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

You should probably just bring it.In some states you can bring your phone into the voting booth with you, and even post a “ballot selfie,” but in others you can’t, so again, check your local election sites.

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

As such, this week we've got a (sort of) breakup, hot news about yet another videogame making its way to TV, and some dirt on Nintendo's long-awaited online service.

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

It’s a thriller in which the shocks are delivered not by slowly opening closet doors, but by a series of quickly clicked-open windows.Had Searching director Aneesh Chaganty been trying to create suspense in the same way 20 years ago, it likely would've felt as clunky as a teen's Livejournal—and probably wouldn't have made sense to half the audience.

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

So it'll be interesting to see how Cavill does, and doesn't, live up to the stellar precedent set by CD Projekt Red and voice actor Doug Cockle.Korea's Biggest MMO Developer Just Bought the Studio Behind Eve: OnlineEve: Online, probably the most notable cult success in all of gaming, might be going through some changes in the future.

How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

Beyond that there are merch deals, collaborations with brands, and other promotions YouTubers can use to bring in cash from their channels."I don't think you get paid for subscribers [though]," says Rhett, one half of Rhett and Link, the team behind Good Mythical Morning—a fact that his cohost calls "sad."But that's just one of the tricks of the trade revealed in this episode of Creator Support, wherein we asked a host of YouTubers questions that fans and aspiring viral video creators posted on Twitter.