Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

One challenge in seeing Wikipedia clearly is that the favored point of comparison for the site is still, in 2020, Encyclopedia Britannica.If you encountered the words Encyclopedia Britannica recently, they were likely in a discussion about Wikipedia.

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

Amazon introduces the Echo speaker, along with the Alexa voice assistant—a new way to control the smart home.Apple had introduced Siri, its own voice assistant, four years prior—but Siri lived on your phone, while Alexa lived inside the speaker and could control all of the “smart” devices in your house.

Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News

Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News

But this week, the Department of Transportation made some tweaks to its vehicle design rules when it said it would allow the robotic delivery vehicle company Nuro to operate up to 5,000 mini-cars that don’t quite fit conventional guidelines.

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

As soon as TMZ broke the news of Kobe’s death, the entire internet madly ululated.But others were swift to bring up the 2003 incident when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; he ended up settling the court case.

Dolly Parton's Meme Exposes Social Media's Masquerade

Dolly Parton's Meme Exposes Social Media's Masquerade

Marriage Story Proves Anything on Netflix Can Be a Meme Now. Digital Culture.On January 21, Parton—who is an internet savvy queen at 74— four images of herself on Instagram, each labeled with the name of a different social media platform.

A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News

A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News

Cats are in the rubble and snakes are causing trouble, but first: a cartoon about the internet frontier .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

'Which Character Are You?' Instagram Filters Are Radically Dumb

'Which Character Are You?' Instagram Filters Are Radically Dumb

Some of them were people I knew liked Pokémon, but more than a few were non-gamers who were simply curious enough to have an app tell them something they didn’t really need to know.

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday.The Falcon cable has not yet been fixed, though, and countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, along with Yemen, are still dealing with lingering impacts of the cut.

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Next Huge Batch of Starlink Satellites

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Next Huge Batch of Starlink Satellites

For OneWeb, the global adoption of space-based internet is critical to the company’s existence; for SpaceX, it is key to funding Elon Musk’s Mars ambitions .Both companies put their first satellites into orbit last year, but 2020 is when things will get serious.

Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation

Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation

Over the holidays, the Russian government said it had completed a multi-day test of a national, internal internet known as RuNet, a bid to show that the country's online infrastructure could survive even if disconnected from the rest of the world.

Everything You Need to Know About the CCPA

Everything You Need to Know About the CCPA

But as the mechanisms of the law get finalized, and depending on how it’s enforced, its impact could go a long way to determining whether the 2020s become the decade when the US started taking privacy seriously.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet This Decade

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet This Decade

But it makes a few very notable exceptions, including for the North Korean hackers broadly known as Lazarus, which has carried out some of the most aggressive hacking operations ever seen online.

The Two Myths of the Internet

The Two Myths of the Internet

She was there to proclaim the power and importance of “internet freedom.” In the previous few years, she said, online tools had enabled people all around the world to organize blood drives, plan demonstrations, and even mobilize in mass demonstrations for democracy.

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

But for a brief moment, as 2009 turned into 2010, we had a glimpse of what a different social web might look like.Later, when the site became an international craze with over 30 million users, Ternovskiy would describe Chatroulette as “one hundred percent my window into the world.”.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

The Guy Behind Bloomberg2020.org: ‘We Know How to Do Logos’

The Guy Behind Bloomberg2020.org: ‘We Know How to Do Logos’

As former New York City mayor and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg prepped a $30 million television ad buy to herald his official entrance into the presidential race, his spokesperson was fending off tweets about fake campaign signage making the rounds once again.

Twitter Now Has Better Two-Factor Authentication, So Use It

Twitter Now Has Better Two-Factor Authentication, So Use It

Finally Twitter has relented, allowing you to get started with two-factor authentication straight from an authenticator app or Yubikey , no phone number required.To do so, go to Twitter on the web, and click Settings & Privacy > Account > Security > Two-Factor Authentication .

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Mina is one of countless Iranians in the US who have tried to contact friends and family members in Iran amid a nationwide internet shutdown that has lasted six days so far.

A Twitter #Fartgate, A Google Dream's Death, and More News From Today

A Twitter #Fartgate, A Google Dream's Death, and More News From Today

Within 12 minutes the clip was up on Twitter, and for a little while the internet came together to ignore the terrifying news cycle and gather 'round the great unifier: the objective hilarity of a fart.

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.

How Iran's Government Shut Off the Internet

How Iran's Government Shut Off the Internet

Places like Ethiopia that have relatively limited internet proliferation typically have just one government-controlled internet service provider, perhaps alongside some smaller private ISPs. But all usually gain access from a single undersea cable or international network node, creating "upstream" choke points that officials can use to essentially block a country's connectivity at its source.

The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder

The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder

The detectives tried to wheedle a confession from Ford by assuring him they'd understand if some calamity had occurred by accident—say, a heroin overdose that led to a hasty effort to dispose of Haas' body.

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

WIRED's Arielle Pardes talked to Mosseri and actor and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, perhaps best known for her starring role in the television series Black-ish, about why it’s important for social media platforms to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of the people who frequent them.

The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable

The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable

The organization eventually hopes to allow users to view and borrow every book cited by Wikipedia, with the ultimate goal being to digitize every book ever published.“Our goal is to be a library that’s useful and reachable by more people,” says Mark Graham, director of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine service.

‘Joker Stairs’ and the Problem With Meme Tourism

‘Joker Stairs’ and the Problem With Meme Tourism

The image of Phoenix’s Joker dancing on those stairs has been a meme since the internet first laid eyes on it, which was in April, when the bit was used for promotional materials like the Joker movie’s poster and trailer.

Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal

Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal

But the show’s co-creators, Joe Egender and Leeor Kaufman, say DIY Crispr is just one subplot in the larger narrative about what happens when nature can be minutely controlled, when humans might even preside over their own evolution .

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the FCC hadn’t adequately considered how repealing the net neutrality rules would affect public safety, utility pole regulations, and an FCC program that subsidizes phone and internet service for low-income families.

Cloudflare Launches Its Security-Focused Mobile VPN, Again

Cloudflare Launches Its Security-Focused Mobile VPN, Again

The VPN builds on Cloudflare's existing mobile app 1.1.1.1, which encrypts "domain name system" connections, so your internet service provider or other lurkers can't see which websites you access.

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

For the last three years or so, "Karen" has been the internet's stock female antagonist: a righteously annoyed middle-aged white woman who loves coupons, reverse mullet bobs, and, above all else, speaking to the manager.

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.