Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

Along with Kanye West, who released his 10th studio album, Donda, earlier this month, Certified Lover Boy is merely an accelerant to a larger conversation about how and what we need to make good art.

California Man Stole 620,000 iCloud Photos in Search of Nudes

California Man Stole 620,000 iCloud Photos in Search of Nudes

Razer said it's going to vix the vulnerability, but it speaks to broader concerns around similar software that relies on the Windows "plug-and-play" set-up.đŸ“© The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !When the next animal plague hits, can this lab stop it.

‘Prebunking’ Health Misinformation Tropes Can Stop Their Spread

‘Prebunking’ Health Misinformation Tropes Can Stop Their Spread

As media literacy expert Mike Caulfield notes, tropes flatten a scene to its essential bits, stripping out details to compel us to jump to a conclusion (the heroine will get out of her car!)

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

Abdu Jyothi found that local and regional internet infrastructure would be at low risk of damage even in a massive solar storm, because optical fiber itself isn't affected by geomagnetically induced currents.

100 Million More IoT Devices Are Exposed—and They Won’t Be the Last

100 Million More IoT Devices Are Exposed—and They Won’t Be the Last

Dubbed Name:Wreck, the newly disclosed flaws are in four ubiquitous TCP/IP stacks, code that integrates network communication protocols to establish connections between devices and the internet.

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.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden's plan also seeks to "promote price transparency and competition among internet providers, including by lifting barriers that prevent municipally owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing on an even playing field with private providers, and requiring internet providers to clearly disclose the prices they charge."

How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

News of the outcome spread across Europe, and many learned that the armada had, as expected, won the day and crushed the English fleet.For centuries, falsehoods have been shared widely as facts and stood uncorrected for months or years, even becoming accepted truth.

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

On March 25, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter will once again testify before a committee of the House of Representatives, this time about the spread of disinformation on their platforms.

Soothe Yourself With a Picture Book About the Internet Dying

Soothe Yourself With a Picture Book About the Internet Dying

Chris Colin, a writer who runs a pandemic-themed children’s newspaper out of the Bay Area, answers that question in his new book OFF: The Day the Internet Died (A Bedtime Fantasy).Illustrated by Rinee Shah and written in the style of Genesis (as in the Book of, not the band), OFF invites readers to imagine weeks, decades, centuries without the internet.What first got you thinking about writing this book?

Apple Bent the Rules for Russia—and Other Countries Will Take Note

Apple Bent the Rules for Russia—and Other Countries Will Take Note

“This comes within the context of years and years of mounting regulatory pressure on tech companies" in Russia, says Adrian Shahbaz, director for democracy and technology at the human rights nonprofit Freedom House.

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016.

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Under the text of the new law, schools that get funding would distribute it to students and staff to pay for broadband service and equipment at "locations that include locations other than the school."

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown

Sophie*, an American software developer, was at home with her young son and her husband Aung*, a union worker and Myanmar national, when Myanmar’s military took control in the early hours of February 1.

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Whether it is the “indecent” provision of the CDA or the sex work crackdown in the later Fosta-Sesta law, the brunt of laws that make internet service providers liable for certain categories of posts has inevitably fallen on marginalized users.

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

Photograph: NetgearThe idea behind 4G LTE at home is pretty simple at its core: Deliver internet access to your home in the same way that your phone gets online when it's away from Wi-Fi. If you've ever tried to connect your laptop to a hot spot running from your phone, then you know what's involved, together with all the potential pros (wireless internet access anywhere) and cons (interference and bandwidth issues).

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll

The reveal of the new Spider-Man 3 title.Zendaya proffered Spider-Man: Home Slice with the caption “So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title.“We’re so excited to share the TITLE of our new movie!

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California can start enforcing the net neutrality law it enacted over two years ago, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a loss for internet service providers.

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet's Growth Since 1997

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet's Growth Since 1997

The original Opte was a still image, but the 2021 version is a 10K video with extensive companion stills, using BGP data from University of Oregon's Route Views project to map the global internet from 1997 to today.

What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet

What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet

When it comes to sex, the internet underscores the gap between what young people want to know and experience, and what adults are comfortable with them knowing and experiencing.

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.

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

Instead, I thought of the democracy protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, which began almost exactly 10 years to the date before the GameStop hijinks, January 25, 2011.These protests, part of a regional movement to overthrow autocratic governments known as the Arab Spring, were a high-water mark for the idea that the internet would free the world.

How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails

How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails

Tick the Enable forwarding box, enter the secondary email address you want to use, and all of the messages that arrive in your Outlook inbox will be sent on to the other account too.

The Bernie Sanders Meme Proves the Internet Is Resetting

The Bernie Sanders Meme Proves the Internet Is Resetting

It was a cultural reset but not in the traditional sense; no one is really thinking about memes, or Bernie Sanders, or even mittens differently now because of this.

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Given the Russian government’s active efforts to isolate the country’s internet and gain access to all data, Parler could expose its users to Russian surveillance if the site someday does relaunch in full with DDoS-Guard.

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

President Trump and his enablers in government and right-wing media will shoulder the blame for Wednesday’s insurrection at the US Capitol, but internet platforms—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, in particular—have played a fomenting and facilitating role that no one should overlook.

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Therapy Session

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Therapy Session

Akudo Ejelonu, a Philadelphia-based global health researcher who has been in virtual therapy for several months now, says, “It’s OK to interview your therapist in order to see if you feel good about working with them.” The more comfortable you feel with your therapist, the greater your capacity to get the most out of your session.

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.

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Cyber Monday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.