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  1. Monica Lewinsky Condemned Online Harassment, Brought the House Down at TED Yesterday

    Like a boss.

    If online harassment is an epidemic, then by Monica Lewinsky's own admittance, she's "patient zero."

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  2. Chinese Government Wants Its Citizens to Use Real Names on the Internet

    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?

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  3. Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s 1994 Internet Knowledge Is Hilarious in Perfect Electric Car Ad

    "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.

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  4. Elon Musk Wants to Bring Affordable Space Internet to Everyone—Even Martians

    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.

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  5. Here’s Congress’s Net Neutrality Bill That Would Render the FCC Helpless

    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.

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  6. Americans Think They’re Better Informed Now Because Internet, We’re Not So Sure

    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.

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  7. Only 3 out of 5 Internet Users Know What Net Neutrality Is—Do You?

    Sigh.

    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.

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  8. President Obama Just Advocated the Best Net Neutrality Solution, So Get on It, FCC

    Or: How the President Saved Christmas the Internet.

    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.

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  9. Firefox Mozilla Compounds Chronic Uncoolness With Terrible Coverage Of Gamergate

    Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding actually, it's about ethics in games journalism.

    Mozilla, mo' problems.

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  10. Brianna Wu Setting Up A Legal Defense Fund For Women Targeted By Gamergate

    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.

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  11. Sexist Ad on Polygon Causes Uproar—But Is It For The Right Reasons?

    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.

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  12. Felicia Day Wrote One Blog Post On Gamergate, Was Doxxed Within An Hour

    By my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you.

    I wish I could say I was surprised.

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  13. [UPDATED] Brianna Wu Describes “War On Women” In The Gaming Industry On MSNBC

    Cosigned.

    Game developer and podcaster Brianna Wu appeared on MSNBC's The Reid Report yesterday to discuss the ongoing harassment of women in gaming, and to share how male developers and journalists can help change that culture of misogyny from the top down.

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  14. Comics Creator Invents “The Womansplainer”; Charges Lazy Men To Learn About Feminism

    Oh, have I been subscribing to mansplaining all along? How do I get off that list?

    The world is full of men who don't have time to Google feminism but have plenty of time to denounce it.

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  15. Upper West Side Manhattanites Fear City Being Overrun By “Internet People”

    In other news, old man yells at cloud.

    You know what really gets my goat? Youths. Especially youths who can suspend their cynicism long enough to search for love on the Internet.

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  16. Gross Subreddit Promises to Teach How to “Rape Safely” as “Corrective Discipline” for Women

    Nope. Shut it down.

    This. This is the kind of shit we were talking about when we suggested that maybe Reddit's new investor dollars could help them respond more quickly to awful things that are happening on the site. Massive, massive trigger warning.

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  17. [Updated] Lawyer Representing Hacked Celebrities Compares Google To The NFL In Righteously Angry Letter

    YOU GOT SERVERS! Er, served. You've been served, Google.

    Google, I know you're untouchable and we're likely all just a dream within your dream, but still. Lawyer up.

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  18. A Few Londoners Accidentally Signed Away Their First-Born Children for Free WiFi

    Did they get the kids back if they guessed that the password was "Rumpelstiltskin"?

    Digital security firm F-Secure gave a big F-you to EULAs with a WiFi hotspot publicity stunt that allowed for free WiFi access as long as users agreed to its terms and conditions, which included giving away the rights to their first-born children. A few users agreed, possibly proving they didn't read the agreement, they're not that interested in kids, or they had some really important tweets to send.

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  19. Evolutionary Anthropologist: Misogyny Not An Inherent Human Trait, Online Harassers Are “Bitter Baboons”

    Sorry, baboons. No offense.

    In his Slate article "Misogyny is Not Human Nature," evolutionary anthropologist Eric Michael Johnson quotes a Reddit user's excuse for the recent nude picture leaks: "[there is] something inherent about human nature that makes this kind of thing inevitable.”

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  20. Serious 1981 News Report About the Internet Is High Comedy 33 Years Later

    It's a series of neon tubes!

    Ahhh, the '80s. Neon, power ballads, and the Internet. Oh, you don't remember the Internet from the '80s? Get learnt about this here newfangled contraption by taking a trip through time with a vintage tech news segment. Look at those two guys manually typing printed news stories into computers. One day, someone just like them will type the words "you won't believe" in a headline, and their whole industry will be revolutionized.

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