Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

He founded Locast, which provides broadcast television over the internet for a monthly donation, because he wanted to “preserve the social contract in the streaming age.” Goodfriend isn’t alone.The cable companies, content providers, and broadcasters aren’t making it easy.

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

It looks like every game you own is followed by default, which means you may see news and content related to everything you've ever downloaded—even if you don't want to.(Unfortunately, this only works on PS5 games, but should hopefully become more useful as that library grows.).

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

“Contrary to blocking, where access to the content is blocked, throttling aims to degrade the quality of service, making it nearly impossible for users to distinguish imposed/intentional throttling from nuanced reasons such as high server load or a network congestion,” researchers with Censored Planet, a censorship measurement platform that collects data in more than 200 countries, wrote in a report.

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

An early draft of the report, seen by WIRED, says that increased usage of end-to-end encryption would protect adults’ privacy at the expense of children’s safety, and that any strategy adopted by technology companies to mitigate the effect of end-to-end encryption will “almost certainly be less effective than the current ability to scan for harmful content.”.

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

But if you’ve run out of things to do in Animal Crossing and are deeply missing that contentment you felt when you played it, if you need more of a sense of accomplishment in your entertainment, then Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town just might be your favorite game of 2021.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !Sci-fi writer or prophet?

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

The new service is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia's content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too).Conversations between the foundation’s newly created subsidiary, Wikimedia LLC, and Big Tech companies are already underway, point-people on the project said in an interview, but the next couple of months will be about seeking the reaction of Wikipedia’s thousands of volunteers.

Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

Now the content-delivery network Akamai has reported on a new method: a botnet that uses the Bitcoin blockchain ledger.To be fair, not absolutely everyone who uses a blockchain holds a copy of the entire ledger.

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers describe how they used an advanced 3D imaging technique—originally designed to map the mineral content of teeth—to scan four old letters from the Brienne Collection to unfold them virtually, no tearing required.

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Though the law doesn’t seem terribly specific about the issue, Australian lawmakers seem to have accepted the long-voiced Murdochian claim that Google and Facebook are stealing news content by linking to articles, sometimes even providing snippets.

Valheim Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

Valheim Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

For an Early Access game, it's honestly hard to tell where Valheim's content thus far runs out.Like Minecraft, every new Valheim quest begins in a randomly generated 3D universe.

Finally, an Interesting Proposal for Section 230 Reform

Finally, an Interesting Proposal for Section 230 Reform

By the end of last year, there were few better symbols of bad-faith politics than Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the law that gives online platforms legal immunity for user-generated content.

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

In a statement Thursday, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for content policy, said the company would follow the board’s decisions to restore four items, including the Instagram post from Brazil.

Flash Is Dead—but Not Gone

Flash Is Dead—but Not Gone

On January 12, Adobe took things a step further, triggering a kill switch it had been distributing in Flash updates for months that blocks content from running in the player—essentially rendering the software inoperable.

Facebook’s Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Facebook’s Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Cases generally will come to the board by user appeals of Facebook’s content decisions, but the bylaws allow Facebook itself to present cases for the board’s consideration.

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

To combat review fraud, Yelp and other platforms flag reviews they deem spammy or objectionable and remove them from the main listings of the page.Platform-wide estimates show even higher rates of content removal, some 25 to 30 percent of all reviews aren't shown on businesses’ main review pages.

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The site and corresponding iOS and Android apps would seamlessly integrate the latest Covid data and content from multiple federal agencies, hospitals nationwide, and private sector companies.

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Click Add Profile to do just that—you'll be prompted to provide a name for the profile first of all, and then you can set an avatar image and various user preferences (like episode autoplay).During the profile creation process, you'll be asked if you want to configure it as a child profile, which means you can put restrictions on it in terms of maturity ratings and which kinds of content can be viewed.

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Then came 2020.Under pressure from politicians, activists, and media, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all made policy changes and enforcement decisions this year that they had long resisted—from labeling false information from prominent accounts to attempting to thwart viral spread to taking down posts by the president of the United States.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

The Christchurch Shooter and YouTube’s Radicalization Trap

The Christchurch Shooter and YouTube’s Radicalization Trap

According to the report, released last night, the terrorist regularly watched extremist content online and donated to organizations like the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, and Stefan Molyneux’s far-right Freedomain Radio.

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Today the group known as Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security is announcing a task force specifically dedicated to helping "content delivery networks" and other cloud services adopt the filters and cryptographic checks needed to harden BGP.

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

The Perils of Moderating Depression on Social Media

The Perils of Moderating Depression on Social Media

Our most significant, and surprising, finding was that only 15 percent of users who post with the #depressed hashtag do so with what we call “real name” accounts (through which users share their name, pictures of themselves, and other identifying details).Most people using #depressed—76 percent of the accounts in our data set—do so pseudonymously to share humorous memes and inspirational content about mental health.

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

Streamers, YouTubers, and TikTokers have glommed onto Chinese role-playing game Genshin Impact like it’s a magic top hat unspooling an endless rope of content.And while players can earn free wishes by reaching certain benchmarks, to get and max out all 23 characters or experience the full game, they have to open their wallets.

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

While there’s little evidence to support that Facebook is biased against conservative users, University of Virginia professors Brent Kitchens and Steven Johnson found that, by maximizing for engagement and attention, Facebook’s algorithms actively push conservatives toward more radical content than liberal users.

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.

Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You

Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You

“Billions of people write email,” says Shuffet, a cocreator of Compose.VWO, which helps companies measure the performance of marketing content, has tested GPT-3 against human-written material for clients including travel site .

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

The administration’s odd war on TikTok echoes the period more than half a century ago when the US government was so worried about content from Communist countries that Congress directed the Post Office to detain perceived “Communist political propaganda.”.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects “interactive computer services” like Facebook and Google from legal liability for the posts of their users.We could start by limiting Section 230 and making the platforms responsible, like any other publisher, for content they decide to promote and amplify.

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