As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As clubs, bars, and event spaces have shuttered across the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists from disciplines ranging from comedy to drag are dealing with lost wages and uncertainty in their careers by taking their shows online.

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

For now, advice from public health officials at places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still focuses on personal measures—the things you can do, yourself, to try to avoid getting infected.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

If you belong to one of those tribes, you end up waiting months to appear in front of a vetting committee.Ziya applied for an ID in 2013 and received an appointment with the vetting committee in 2014.

The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

For their part, Janeites riffed off Jane Austen's written work, which they made supremely accessible to Austen readers without advanced degrees by creating indices, committing passages to memory, reenacting scenes, anatomizing the film adaptations, and extending the novels with fan fiction in which they, real people, interact with Darcy and Bingley and Knightley and all the rest.

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, where he faced deep criticism from lawmakers who worry that the social network now wields a difficult kind of influence—it's become too big even for itself.

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

“I just think he felt this was the correct way to think about mathematics,” said Michael Hopkins, a mathematician at Harvard and Lurie’s graduate school adviser.

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

If some property owners who live near the ocean or in a river floodplain can be convinced to sell their homes, and the land is returned to open space, the entire community will benefit.

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

But for the former NSA contractor and many of his generation, that idea of the internet is a foundational myth, enshrined in Neal Stephenson novels and in “The Hacker Manifesto”—both of which Snowden describes reading as a teenager in a mononucleosis haze—and John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace ,” which he writes that he holds in his memory next to the preamble to the Constitution.

5G and NZ weather forecasting

5G and NZ weather forecasting

Dr Schmidt, who is also the New Zealand representative for the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Climate Observing System, said the international science community was working with governments to protect radio frequencies vital to earth observations.

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Hausheer / TNC For women in the Solomon Islands, like Alice Hou, decisions about how to use natural resources can change lives — for better or worse.

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

Yesterday, YouTube decided that when right-wing commentator Steven Crowder calls Vox video host Carlos Maza, who is gay and of Cuban descent, a "Mexican" "lispy queer," it does not violate the platform’s policies on harassment.

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube is changing its hate speech policy to more effectively police extremist content, a move targeting the legions of neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and other bigots that long have used the platform to spread their toxic ideologies.

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

World Earth Day: Air quality and its effects on respiratory health

World Earth Day: Air quality and its effects on respiratory health

A newly formed partnership between Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) and NIWA aims to provide the latest air quality research to over 700,000 people living with respiratory conditions in New Zealand.

A Fight Over Specialized Chips Threatens an Ethereum Split

A Fight Over Specialized Chips Threatens an Ethereum Split

A spokesperson for Linzhi, in an email to WIRED, called it a move to “counter Chinese supremacy in crypto.” But many critiques have centered on Minehan herself, focusing on her experience working with GPU makers and alleging that she had been paid to develop the algorithm.

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

After all, a frequent concern of Wikipedia editors is that articles are too short and too thinly sourced, and Sussman is doing his part to reduce that problem.

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

Turnbull sees a world where Change A View helps internet commenters see eye-to-eye, where the platform breaks us out of our online filter bubbles, and where we re-learn how to talk to each other online. Elena Musi, a researcher who has studied argumentation on r/changemyview, says the rules make the community conversation different than other platforms online.

Can Cities Replace Wildlands for Pollinators?

Can Cities Replace Wildlands for Pollinators?

They found that not all green spaces are created equal in the eyes of pollinators, and while urban nature reserves and parks are good, community vegetable gardens can be even better.

The World Wide Web Turns Thirty. Where Does It Go From Here?

The World Wide Web Turns Thirty. Where Does It Go From Here?

Now too, as the web reshapes our world, we have a responsibility to make sure it is recognised as a human right and built for the public good. This is why the Web Foundation is working with governments, companies and citizens to build a new Contract for the Web .

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

In partnership with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank Group has been bolstering its efforts to ensure that disaster risk management activities reach, protect and empower women and girls.

An Alphabet Moonshot Wants to Store the Security Industry's Data

An Alphabet Moonshot Wants to Store the Security Industry's Data

The tool is a cloud platform on which companies can store their network intelligence data indefinitely, allowing them to use Google's search smarts to comb through logs and gain insight into emerging digital security threats.

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

If sustained this may gradually wean the rural population even in disadvantaged regions like Brazil’s Northeast off their dependence on state support.One thing has not changed in my evaluation of the productive alliance concept three years after my first visit: the role of local leadership.

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Thus began the contentious career of the notion of “actuarial fairness,” an idea that would spread in time far beyond the insurance industry into policing and paroling, education, and eventually AI, igniting fierce debates along the way over the push by our increasingly market-oriented society to define fairness in statistical and individualistic terms rather than relying on the morals and community standards used historically.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

Despite a flurry of stories in the media about people losing their insurance and leaving the area, Mark Sektnan, president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, told me, “We’re not seeing a trend.” Insurance prices are increasing in some places, but California doesn’t allow insurers to jack up premiums based on recent disasters, and nearly everyone can find home insurance if they want it, he said.

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

“Even those who have their primary hangout elsewhere use us as a permanent redirect to wherever they're socializing most," she says, "because after ten years, people are beginning to trust that we mean it when we say we're planning to be around for the long haul.”Not Ready for PrimetimePillowfort, on the other hand, looks a lot like Tumblr, but it can’t yet handle the traffic that comes along with popularity.Baritz created Pillowfort in 2016 to be exactly what disaffected Tumblr bloggers are now in search of: an open-minded site that can host images and videos; allows reblogging, commenting, and community building; encourages a strong artistic bent; and doesn’t censor NSFW content.