Ah, yes, the time honored argument about whether or not people should use their real names on the Internet. While the common use of pseudonyms can indirectly give bullies and harassers freedom from accountability, requiring people to identify themselves can have a chilling effect on those who use them as shields against harassment, and especially political persecution. Guess which side the argument of China is on?Read More
"What is Internet?" That surprising grasp of Internet dialect tho.
In 1994, we lived in a world where no one understood the Internet. Today, we live in a world where I can't get people to understand that my hybrid car has exactly 0 miles of electric-only range and doesn't plug into the wall. Hopefully, we will someday get to live in one where people understand new types of cars as well as they currently understand the Internet: at the minimum acceptable level to function in society.Read More
Is this why he's so worried about Skynet lately?
SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has a lot going on lately between trying to get a rocket to land safely on Earth from space and making sure artificial intelligence doesn't enslave/destroy us all, but he hasn't forgotten about us, Internet. His next plan is a global satellite network to make sure everyone can watch cat videos, get yelled at by faceless monsters, and communicate by reaction GIF.Read More
For now, it's just a bill sitting there on Capitol Hill.
Congress has produced a bill that, if enacted, would take away the FCC's authority to reclassify broadband Internet as a utility in the interest of net neutrality. However, the bill itself includes protections for net neutrality with specific language that would ban the paid "Internet fast lanes" currently at the center of the debate.Read More
What does Snopes have to say about this?
A new study shows that Americans think they're better informed because of the Internet. Meanwhile, being on the Internet every day shows that Americans aren't very well informed.Read More
The Pew Internet Research Project has a nifty test for you to take to see how well you know the history and lingo of the Internet. But don't worry if you do badly, friends—you can't do a worse job than the 61% of people polled who could not accurately identify the correct definition of net neutrality. That's a depressing statistic if I ever heard one.Read More
Or: How the President Saved
As President Obama has pointed out, this one is entirely on your shoulders, FCC. We don't want another set of half-assed rules that can just get struck down in court. We want you to go back to the plan that would actually work to keep the Internet free and open, and that plan is reclassifying Internet service as a utility.Read More
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding actually, it's about ethics in games journalism.
Mozilla, mo' problems.Read More
Today in "sadly necessary..."
If you've been wondering where the repercussions are for harassers who have defamed the personal and professional character of female developers, revealed women's personal details online, and threatened terrorist acts, you're not alone.Read More
I saw this tweet earlier this morning. Whether or not it is legitimate, I do not know (which is all kinds of depressing unto itself), but what really bothered me were the responses.Read More