All-seeing: new legislation could entrench and extend the ablility of the state to monitor us. Image: Herbert Bayer/Private Collection/Christie's Images/Bridgeman Images
The deep state: data surveillance is about power, not safety
By Anthony Barnett - 17 July 11:15

All three of Britain’s main parties insist that data surveillance is for our protection – but this “emergency” is about power and control.

Medaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who has compared his arrest and prosecution for facilitating filesharing as similar to the civil rights struggle. Photo: Getty Images
“Fifteen years of utter bollocks”: how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity
By Chris Ruen - 16 July 12:14

Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen.

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Facebook can manipulate your mood. It can affect whether you vote. When do we start to worry?
By Laurie Penny - 30 June 12:23

The social network admits manipulating its users’ emotions through the content it put in their newsfeeds. Think that’s creepy? A couple of years ago, it influenced their voting patterns, too. When do we get scared about what Facebook could do with its power?

Four tips David Cameron can learn from world leaders on how to use Twitter
By Sophie McBain - 26 June 12:24

What tips can David Cameron learn from the annual Twiplomacy report, which studies how world leaders use Twitter? He needs a little help – not only because he's regularly insulted online, but because Barack Obama won't follow him back. 

Malware is coming for you. Photograph: Drew Coffman on Flickr via Creative Commons
Would you compromise your computer for one cent an hour? This study says you might
By Andrew Smith - 23 June 11:25

It is apparently very easy to trick ordinary computer users into hosting your malware.

Biz Stone: rose-tinted visions of a techie future. Photo: Bloomberg
Biz Stone: the Californian who flew the Twitter nest
By Josh Spero - 19 June 10:00

Biz Stone clearly left some libertarian coding in Twitter’s DNA. Following Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, Twitter could proudly say that it had not co-operated. 

Viral hit: we all suffer from an inbuilt psychological bug, exacerbated by the internet. Photo: Marcelo Graciolli on Flickr, via Creative Commons
Omniscience bias: how the internet makes us think we already know everything
By Ian Leslie - 17 June 15:25

The internet is an answer machine, it doesn’t help us ask better questions. It feeds the illusion that we already know everything we need to know to be well-informed.

Low's caricature of Keynes for the New Statesman, 1933
Paul Mason: what would Keynes do?
By Paul Mason - 12 June 10:00

The revolution in IT and how it is transforming our world in ways that even economists are struggling to understand.

In Turkey, Erdoğan's attempt to block Twitter lasted barely two weeks. Photo: Getty
Social media has been privatised. Why do we treat it as a public space?
By Jillian C York - 11 June 12:15

Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have essentially erected new borders where such borders did not exist before.

US Secret Service seeks Twitter sarcasm detector
By Sophie McBain - 05 June 12:55

The US Secret Service is seeking some help with its online snooping, and needs a company that can detect sarcasm online - because you need to be able to distinguish between "I love Al Qaeda" and "I love Al Qaeda". Good luck with that, pals! 

The Facebook “like” symbol. Photo: Getty
Facebook could decide an election without anyone ever finding out
By Jonathan Zittrain - 03 June 11:35

The scary future of digital gerrymandering – and how to prevent it.

Dan Brown. Really? Photo: Getty
Could you go out with a Dan Brown fan?
By Eleanor Margolis - 15 May 11:49

 How online dating has turned singles into perfectionists.

The City Toastmaster using a megaphone at the 1908 London Olympics. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
How capital letters became internet code for shouting
By Alice Robb - 17 April 16:04

And why we should lay off the caps-lock key.

The cultural riches online are seemingly infinite - will they be there forever? Photogragh: Erik Söderström on Flickr via Creative Commons
What’s the rush? Why the internet means we never get round to doing anything
By Oliver Farry - 17 April 12:53

Speed is of the essence in the online world but faced with the Aladdin’s cave of cultural riches, one’s response is invariably one of sluggishness, of planning for a putative future that will never come.

South Australian outback. There is very poor network coverage in much of the country. Photo: Getty
Australia’s grand vision for a national broadband network has shrunk
By Mary Hamilton - 10 April 16:27

Big coastal cities do not always get good coverage, let alone the outback.

Helpful as they are, there is a limit to what can be achieved politically with your mobile phone. Photo: Getty
Leader: Twitter politics is no substitute for ideas and strong campaigns
By New Statesman - 04 April 14:51

There is good reason to suspect that much of the energy spent on online campaigning is wasted entrenching divisions or preaching aggressively to an already zealous choir.

Living a life online: kids glued to their smartphones. Photo: Getty
How can we end cyberbullying?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 April 10:23

Let's start by ditching the word "cyber bullying" - this isn't a new phenomenon, but it is harder for parents and teachers to deal with than harassment and abuse than occurs offline.

San Jose in Silicon Valley. Photo: Getty
The brutal ageism of tech: meet Silicon Valley’s obsolete workforce
By Noam Scheiber - 24 March 12:34

In the one corner of the American economy defined by its relentless optimism, there is now a large and growing class of highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers who are shunted to the margins.

Baidu's suggested search feature is very revealing.
What Baidu’s search autofill reveals about the soul of the average Chinese web surfer
By Christopher Beam - 14 March 12:54

“What do I do if I'm ugly?”, and other questions.

Electronic terminals are taking over the casino floors in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty
Addiction as art: How gambling machines – and the digital world – put us in “the machine zone”
By Ian Leslie - 06 March 9:44

A quiet revolution has taken place in gambling, with electronic terminals finely-tuned into the perfect devices for parting you from your money. Rather than thrilling you, they lull you into a calm, machine-like state that gives the illusion of control.

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Your emoticon addiction may actually make people like you more
By Alice Robb - 20 February 14:45

Emoticons are a new and evolving form of language, and they are producing new patterns of brain activity.

Social media and the second Hillsborough inquest
By David Banks - 14 February 12:30

The depth of feeling that exists about the disaster and what came after is entirely understandable. The attorney general has a difficult task ahead deciding what consititutes contempt of court in this unique circumstance.

Facebook introduces choice of 50 genders – but why can't we write in our own?
By Abigail Brady - 14 February 9:54

The move has been acclaimed as a big step forward, but it was a deliberate and recent policy decision by Facebook to have imposed a gender binary, and the new options still don't give you the chance to write in your own.

Watch where you put that emoticon AND KEEP YOUR VOICE DOWN
By Erika Darics - 07 February 17:47

When it comes to writing online, we’re all still working it out as we go along.

I can see you typing: the most awkward part of online chat
By Ben Crair - 31 January 17:20

Time empowers you to calculate your words’ effects on their reader, but chat clients like Gchat now let you know when your partner is typing a message, and the longer a response the take, the more we expect that it will somehow disappoint us.

The dangers of public shaming, mob justice and scolding on the internet
By Tauriq Moosa - 29 January 11:26

Even when people are obviously wrong, is shaming them on the internet a good way to improve the world?

When Twitter storms cause financial panic
By Vincent F Hendricks - 22 January 16:47

It seems that incorrect information, rumours, hoaxes and hearsays will inevitably bamboozle financial markets from time to time. The consequences appear frightening but some argue this sort of noise is actually necessary for trading.

Would you feel differently about Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange if you knew what they really thought?
By Sean Wilentz - 20 January 11:06

High-profile leakers have largely set the terms in the debate over transparency and privacy. But do they deserve the prestige and influence that has been accorded to them?

Cameron's internet filter goes far beyond porn - and that was always the plan
By Martin Robbins - 23 December 14:16

Through secretive negotiations with ISPs, the coalition has divided the internet into 'acceptable' and 'unacceptable' categories and cut people off from huge swathes of it at the stroke of a key.

Nations can no longer afford to go it alone on cyber-security
By Ian Brown - 02 November 13:08

Cyber-crime knows know borders, so nor should our defences.

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