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WSJ, WaPo, NYT Spread False Internet Law Claims | Cato @ Liberty
Rebutting nonsense about the supposed publisher/platform distinction in Section 230 of the US's Communications Decency Act. From the Cato Institute, so can't be dismissed as leftist propaganda.
law  censorship  internet 
october 2019 by pw201
Sick and tired: Online activists are silencing us, scientists say
"Scientists researching treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome say they face online abuse and harassment. Some are leaving the field. It’s a ‘new normal,’ they say, and patients may lose out."
research  culture  psychology  internet  trolling  medicine 
march 2019 by pw201
You Are the Product
John Lanchester reviews 3 books on Facebook and Google, and comes to the conclusion that Facebook does things because it can, without considering whether it should.
facebook  advertising  psychology  Internet  zuckerberg  google 
august 2017 by pw201
Maybe the Internet Isn’t Tearing Us Apart After All | WIRED
People don't actually just stick to sites which match their political views, and their Facebook acquaintances don't always share their politics.
facebook  society  politics  internet 
may 2017 by pw201
The Secrets Of Cornwall - Part 1 - Communications - YouTube
Blokes drive around Cornwall looking at manhole covers and work out the landing points of undersea cables, and where the GCHQ intercept points disclosed by Snowden might be.
cornwall  cables  telecommunications  gchq  internet  edward-snowden  porthcurno 
december 2016 by pw201
ISIS and the Lonely Young American - The New York Times
The NYT has a story about radical Muslims attempting to convert an American Christian and convince her to travel to join them in Syria, all done via the Internet, mainly Twitter and Skype.
isis  islam  internet  twitter  religion  radicalisation 
july 2015 by pw201
'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone | Technology | The Guardian
Interesting stuff. There's some more on the Adria Richards/donglegate thing: she gave an interview to Ronson where she describes having a physical reaction to the joke and feeling "unsafe", which, given that she was in no danger at that point, sounds like a sort of anxiety/panic attack. May explain the disproportionate reaction on her part. There's also the bit where she says she did know what she was doing by tweeting the photograph and doesn't feel bad about it. Such goodwill diplomats are not really suited for a career in PR, I'd've thought, although SendGrid clearly just fired her to get Anonymous off their back.
shaming  twitter  internet  dongle  adria-richards  donglegate 
march 2015 by pw201
Programming Sucks
"Websites that are glorified shopping carts with maybe three dynamic pages are maintained by teams of people around the clock, because the truth is everything is breaking all the time, everywhere, for everyone. Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses."
programming  code  internet  funny 
april 2014 by pw201
Ten Things I Want To Stop Seeing On The Internet In 2014 | Slate Star Codex
An interesting thread about the internet social justice movement, on Slate Star Codex: "I am having a hard time finding a middle ground between SJ and sociopathy. I don’t like what SJ does to my brain. But realistically it’s not actually feasible for me to not give a shit about anyone. Could use a little advice." Commenter then gets good advice.
social-justice  sjw  internet  sociopath 
january 2014 by pw201
The Porn Block Fiasco goes mainstream « Complicity
"The knowledge that attempting to block porn on the internet is bound to backfire has now gone mainstream. (BBC News, Telegraph) Well, there’s a temptation to say “we told you so”, because we did. Repeatedly. So far, sites we know that are subject to overblocking on either TalkTalk and BT include BishUK (a sexual education site for teenagers), LGBTfriend, Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Sexual Abuse Scotland, Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline and Reducing The Risk (Another domestic abuse help site)."
porn  internet  censorship  talktalk  sex  filtering  david-cameron 
december 2013 by pw201
www.me.uk RevK's rants: Censoring the Internet
Chap who runs an ISP goes to dinner with some MPs and discusses filtering.
politics  uk  porn  filtering  censorship  isp  internet 
october 2013 by pw201
Ken Auletta: Can the Guardian Take Its Aggressive Investigations Global? : The New Yorker
The NYT looks at the history of the Graun and its recent scoops (the NSA files). Apparently the paper is running out of money. :-(
journalism  nsa  surveillance  guardian  edward-snowden  internet  gchq  newspaper 
october 2013 by pw201
▶ Founders@Google Presents: The Cultural Anthropology of Stack Exchange - YouTube
A presentation from Joek Spolsky on the Stack Exchange sites and the culture they're trying to promote there, contrasted with things like discussion forums, other "answers" sites, and whatnot.
discussion  stack-exchange  joel-spolsky  internet  stack-overflow  culture 
august 2013 by pw201
The Ecuadorian Library — Geek Empire — Medium
SF author Bruce Sterling on Assange, Manning and Snowden, and the surveillance geeks at the NSA: "Citizens and rights have nothing to do with elite, covert technologies! The targets of surveillance are oblivious dorks, they’re not even newbies! Even US Senators are decorative objects for the NSA. An American Senator knows as much about PRISM and XKeyScore as a troll-doll on the dashboard knows about internal combustion." Via Mefi
politics  bradley-manning  nsa  russia  spying  bruce-sterling  xkeyscore  julian-assange  edward-snowden  wikileaks  internet  prism 
august 2013 by pw201
Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is | Technology | The Observer
"The fact is that Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are all integral components of the US cyber-surveillance system. Nothing, but nothing, that is stored in their "cloud" services can be guaranteed to be safe from surveillance or from illicit downloading by employees of the consultancies employed by the NSA. That means that if you're thinking of outsourcing your troublesome IT operations to, say, Google or Microsoft, then think again."
nsa  google  xkeyscore  cloud  edward-snowden  security  internet  china 
august 2013 by pw201
BBC News - Leaked letter shows ISPs and government at war
Dave wants a scheme were people uncheck a box to get pr0n described as "default on" filtering, allowing him to claim victory without the ISPs changing what they're doing.
politics  pornograpy  porn  censorship  internet  david-cameron 
july 2013 by pw201
YCRFS 9: Kill Hollywood
"Hollywood appears to have peaked. If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline. But this is not an ordinary industry. The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down. It would therefore be a good thing if competitors hastened their demise." Y Combinator requests that startups come up with ways to kill Hollywood.
internet  startups  technology  sopa  hollywood  ycombinator 
january 2012 by pw201
Chromium Blog: Connecting Web Apps with Web Intents
This looks like a nice idea, allowing one site to offer facilities to another similar to the way Android apps can advertise the ability to, say, share a link or send email. I imagine there'll be security stuff to work out. If Chrome and Firefox support it, that'd be great.
internet  browser  android  intent  api  google  firefox  chrome  web 
august 2011 by pw201
Why Have Hackers Hit Russia's Most Popular Blogging Service? - TIME
Where LJ has been the past week or so. For once, it's not their fault.
internet  security  livejournal  politics  ddos 
july 2011 by pw201
Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians, Christian News
McDowell is worried: “The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not.” Kind of revealing: McDowell is admitting that if you want to get kids into your religion, you need to get them young enough, before they've been exposed to other ideas.
internet  apologetics  josh-mcdowell  christianity  religion 
july 2011 by pw201
The Real Life Social Network v2
Via andrewducker,a great presentation from Paul Adams at Google which goes some way to explaining the design of Google Plus.
internet  facebook  privacy  relationships  google  social  social-networks  plus 
july 2011 by pw201
Virtual currency: Bits and bob | The Economist
Bitcoin is a distributed digital currency, which hit the news recently after someone set up a site where you could buy illegal drugs using it. This Economist article is a great introduction to how it works.
cryptography  economics  bitcoin  economist  internet 
june 2011 by pw201
How Modern Spam Works | MetaFilter
Researchers try buying stuff advertised in spam, following the money. Link is to the mefi thread since one of the researchers turns up to answer questions in the comments.
internet  economics  spam 
may 2011 by pw201
Fixing HTTPS
Glyph, of Twisted Python fame, talks about ways to fix HTTPS, presumably in the light of the recent attacks on certification authorities.
https  security  internet  encryption 
april 2011 by pw201
Why Facebook makes you sad
Makes you think everyone else is having more fun than you.
facebook  internet  psychology 
february 2011 by pw201
Concern for Those Who Screen the Web for Barbarity - NYTimes.com
"An Internet content reviewer, Mr. Bess sifts through photographs that people upload to a big social networking site and keeps the illicit material — and there is plenty of it — from being posted." Rule 34 applies: some of these people end up needing counselling, apparently.
censorship  filtering  internet  porn  pornography  social-networks 
july 2010 by pw201
Alt Text: Enter the Brave New World of Internet Psychology | Underwire | Wired.com
"The main symptom of a severely damaged person is that they don’t agree with you, so how can you convince them you’re right?" Via andrewducker.
funny  internet  psychology  wired 
july 2010 by pw201
GodBlock - Protect your children
"GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions." Via Metafilter
religion  atheism  software  censorship  children  web  internet  god  funny  parody  filter 
july 2010 by pw201
The curious case of the You’re Not Helping blog « The Buddha Is Not Serious
How not to do it: Atheist starts anonymous blog to tell some other outspoken atheists (PZ, Ophelia Benson, and so on) to cool it, or something. Eventually, someone notices that many commenters on the site are the same person. That person makes a flounce post about being "silenced" and makes their blog private. D'oh!
blogging  drama  atheism  internet 
june 2010 by pw201
Attacked from Within
"This article attempts to fundamentally rethink what constitutes community and society on the web, and what possibilities exist for their maintenance and reconstruction in the face of scale and malicious users." I've mentioned this one before, but I've seen a couple of things about creating good comments recently, so I thought I'd wheel it out again.
community  identity  social  internet  moderation  reputation  kuro5hin 
june 2010 by pw201
Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything
The Alot is a mythical beast. Lots of people on the web write about them.
funny  grammar  spelling  english  language  internet 
april 2010 by pw201
How Mark Zuckerberg Hacked The Harvard Crimson
Ah, the old "get people's failed logins, assume they typed the password for some other place" trick. Someone I knew at university did something similar with his Linux box, back when we all ran Linux boxes in our rooms: he rigged the login to fail the first time and log the password (this being easier than hacking up a special version of the login demon: you just write something to prompt, fail and then pass you on to the real login), and assumed what he got would do for other servers too. Happy days.
facebook  history  privacy  ethics  journalism  security  harvard  internet 
march 2010 by pw201
Experimental Theology: How Facebook Killed the Church
Richard Beck reckons Facebook killed the radio star, erm, church: "Millennials will report that the "reason" they are leaving the church is due to its perceived hypocrisy or shallowness. My argument is that while this might be the proximate cause the more distal cause is social computing. Already connected Millennials have the luxury to kick the church to the curb. This is the position of strength that other generations did not have. We fussed about the church but, at the end of the day, you went to stay connected. For us, church was Facebook!"
facebook  church  society  religion  christianity  social-networks  generation-y  internet 
march 2010 by pw201
A nice cup of rabies - What is LJ doing to my links? Part 4
LJ has been messing about with links to Amazon and other online shops: there's some Javascript which they're serving which re-writes the links (possibly to get LJ some money as an affiliate) and then makes the browser display the old link when you mouse over it. The script source is posted here: it's illuminating.

You do wonder how long LJ can keep cocking it up like this. I'm still here because I don't think Dreamwidth is financially credible and I've noticed that people who've moved tend to get fewer comments, but I'm annoyed that this script was also served on the journals of paying users and boggling at LJ's excuse that they didn't check what the thing did before they started serving it: putting unknown Javascript on your site is such a good idea.
livejournal  internet  dreamwidth  javascript  programming 
march 2010 by pw201
Heresy Corner: A Reading from the Book of Dawk
This is hilarious: "And some of the disciples said, O Dawk, our anger is not mixed against thee, but against thy servant Josh, who hath offended us. But others said, Hath not the Dawk deserted us? Come, let us depart the land of Dawk and hearken unto some other prophet, for the Dawk loveth not his people."
richard-dawkins  drama  internet  forum  atheism  funny  parody  dawkins 
march 2010 by pw201
'An Apology' by Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net
Dawkins apologises for the forum drama: "I would like to start by apologising for our handling of this situation. We have not communicated well with our forum volunteers and users (for example in my insensitive 'Outrage' post, which was written in the heat of the moment). In the process we have caused unintended hurt and offence, and I am very sorry about that. In a classic case of a vicious circle, some of the responses to our announcement also caused considerable hurt and distress to us, and in the atmosphere of heightened emotion that followed, some of our subsequent actions went too far. I hope you will understand the human impulses that led to this, and accept my apology for them. I take full personal responsibility."
drama  internet  dawkins  richard-dawkins  atheism 
march 2010 by pw201
The Richard Dawkins Foundation net forum (RDF) self-destructs -- yet another big atheist board immolates itself
The Dawkins site maintainer decided to re-do their forums. The existing (volunteer) moderators were annoyed that all old comments would be lost and that their positions as mods been done away with without a word of thanks. Maintainer responded to criticism (and to attempts to organise a move to another site) by wielding the banhammer all over the place. Dawkins responds with a post exhibiting no clue about the politics of web forums and what the existing forum users were upset about. Therefore God exists.

This will, I suspect, run and run: the Graun and the Times have already picked up on it with some glee.

Remember: if you post something you think is worthwhile to a forum, keep your own copy.
lolatheists  dawkins  richard-dawkins  internet  drama  atheism  forum 
february 2010 by pw201
"I WANT TO TAKE GOOGLES OFF OF MY HOME PAGE" | MetaFilter
What happens when your blog becomes one of the top Google results for "login to Facebook". Take it either as a serious lesson about user interface design, or an opportunity to mock the stupid.
facebook  login  funny  internet  computers  ui  user-interface  browser  google 
february 2010 by pw201
Steve Rambam Pt 1 – Privacy Is Dead – Get Over It
Private investigator on how much you can learn from someone's on-line life. Long, but quite funny.
privacy  rambam  internet  investigation  snooping  facebook  myspace 
september 2008 by pw201
The Twat-O-Tron
A page that automatically generates BBC "Have Your Say" comments. Hilarious.
funny  humour  internet  BBC  have-your-say 
may 2008 by pw201
Security Engineering - A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems
The second edition of Ross Anderson's book is out. The first edition is now freely available on his site, plus there are some sample chapters from the second one.
ross-anderson  security  book  cambridge  cryptography  internet 
april 2008 by pw201
“The Connection Has Been Reset”
"China’s Great Firewall is crude, slapdash, and surprisingly easy to breach. Here’s why it’s so effective anyway."
china  government  internet  surveillance  censorship  politics  firewall  tcp/ip 
march 2008 by pw201
Internetes res gravior sunt
So much so that you need to talk about them in Latin, for gravitas. Feles longa longissima est.
latin  internet  memes  funny  4chan 
february 2008 by pw201
Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
Clay Shirky's essay on the dynamics of groups of people, as it applies to online meeting places.
community  social  collaboration  internet  usenet  wikipedia  programming  psychology  relationships 
january 2008 by pw201
A List of Amazon S3 Backup Tools (by Jeremy Zawodny)
Amazon have a sideline in very cheap storage which you buy by the month, which may be useful for remote backups.
backup  s3  amazon  python  rsync  internet 
november 2007 by pw201
Searching For Evil
Ross Anderson's Google tech talk on various internet scams,
ross-anderson  google  phishing  internet  Security  advertising 
september 2007 by pw201
Caught on camera – and found on Facebook - Times Online
Students at Oxford not that bright, or would have gone to Cambridge.
facebook  internet  privacy  oxford  university 
july 2007 by pw201
How Six Apart's Greed Allied Them With Neo-Nazis
An interesting analysis of LJ Paedogeddon (apparently now known as Strikethrough 2007), in which the author argues that Six Apart were gulled by a bunch of dominionist Nazis who were exploiting 6A's vulnerability pre-IPO
6apart  livejournal  lj  strikethrough2007  fandom  internet  IPO 
june 2007 by pw201
urllib2 - The Missing Manual
A good page on how to use Python's urllib2 module.
python  urllib2  tutorial  http  programming  internet 
may 2007 by pw201
LOLTrek « Live Granades
"The Trouble With Tribbles" done in the cat macro style.
culture  funny  humour  cats  internet  macros  startrek  images  tribbles 
may 2007 by pw201
Macrochan
Comprehensive index of every image macro ever.
funny  humour  internet  4chan  images  macros 
may 2007 by pw201
Online Pornography - Kink.com - Peter Acworth - New York Times
The Internet is for porn. Porn firm buys huge armoury, gives local groups tours.
porn  internet  armory  bdsm 
may 2007 by pw201

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