An image of a locked door displays if you try to access any of the locked subreddits. Photo: reddit.
Reddit rebellion: huge chunks of the site have gone down following a staff member’s departure
By Barbara Speed - 03 July 0:00

Victoria Taylor, administrator of the popular "Ask me Anything" section, has left the site under mysterious circumstances.

Separation from our mobiles impacts our cognitive, emotional and physiological wellbeing. Image: Getty.
Can't survive without your phone? You could be suffering from nomophobia
By Fiona Rutherford - 26 June 11:35

Our smartphones are fast becoming extensions of ourselves. So what happens when we're separated from them?

The 14th Dalai Lama in 2006. Photo: Yancho Sabev via Wikimedia Commons.
The strange case of the anti-Dalai Lama protesters trolling Glastonbury
By Barbara Speed - 26 June 9:48

A mass of near-identical accounts have been spamming the Glastonbury hashtag over the past week. But who are they, and what do they want? 

Laurie Penny in 2013. Image: re:publica via Wikimedia Commons.
Is Facebook right to insist on your real name - and what counts as a "real name" anyway?
By Barbara Speed - 25 June 10:35

New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny has been removed from the site for using a pseudonym - but, like many others, she feels that the step is necessary to avoid abuse and to guard her privacy.  

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Gmail now lets you unsend emails
By Barbara Speed - 23 June 14:34

Google adds the feature to its email service after trialling it for six years. 

A still from "Bad Blood", Swift's most recent music video.
Taylor Swift may have won her battle with Apple Music, but the streaming wars aren’t over
By Barbara Speed - 22 June 14:36

The artist sent an open letter to Apple Music, arguing that artists should be paid during the service's trial period. 

DuckDuckGo's homepage
Has Edward Snowden changed the way we think about search engines?
By Barbara Speed - 18 June 16:31

DuckDuckGo, a browser which doesn't track your online activity, has increased its traffic six-fold since the Snowden revelations.

A flock of Twitter birds leaves one behind.
Are you one of Twitter's millions of ghost users? This could be why
By Barbara Speed - 17 June 10:19

Over two thirds of Twitter users are inactive. Could a swathe of new features bring them back to life? 

 A four digit passcode using emojis.
How emojis could make passcodes more secure
By Barbara Speed - 15 June 14:54

A British company has introduced an emoji-based passcode system. But is it a gimmick or a sign of things to come? 

In 2014, in London, 307 men reported being raped to the Metropolitan police. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty
A male rape charity has had its funding slashed to zero. Where are all the outraged men?
By June Eric-Udorie - 11 June 16:29

A vital service for men who have been affected by sexual abuse has lost funding, and yet so-called “Men’s Rights Activists” are still more interested in bringing feminists down.

Amy Schumer in April 2015. Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
Why everyone is talking about Amy Schumer
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 09 June 12:48

She’s a feminist comedian who doesn’t shy away from ridiculing women. She reaches millions of viewers on the internet without breaking a sweat. Oh, and she’s just really, really funny.

What would happen if all your draft tweets were published?
By Hayley Campbell - 03 June 9:23

You can base a more correct history of a species on the things they wanted to say but didn’t.

The Jane Austen Manifesto: How we can save the world by writing like Austen
By Ian Flitcroft - 27 May 9:41

The internet would be a much nicer place if everyone spoke like a Jane Austen character. Here’s how you go about it.

A gender blender: the Wikipedia machine relentlessly churns out information over which women struggle to have any influence. Photo: JONATHAN McHUGH FOR NEW STATESMAN
The Wikipedia wars: does it matter if our biggest source of knowledge is written by men?
By Jenny Kleeman - 26 May 14:53

Wikipedia is the world’s most popular encyclopaedia, a collaborative utopia. But only one in every ten of its editors is a woman.

Microsoft's new app guesses the age and gender of any faces it detects in a photo you've uploaded. Photo: Microsoft
Here’s why you shouldn’t take Microsoft’s “How Old Do I Look” app too seriously
By Tosin Thompson - 01 May 13:04

Don’t feel so bad if Microsoft’s new face analysis tool completely guesses your age and/or gender wrong. The app still needs work. 

Suddenly, Ed Miliband became a meme. In a good way.
From Nate Silver to #Milifans: welcome to the age of political fandom
By Elizabeth Minkel - 23 April 16:42

Whether it’s political fanboys who geek out over polling data or teenage girls photoshopping flower crowns onto Ed Miliband’s head, digital excitement is the new electioneering frontier.

John Oliver gets to the crux of why the Snowden leaks matter: mass surveillance of dick pics
By Ian Steadman - 07 April 12:59

"I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk."

How far can you trust citizen journalism on the internet?
By Vicky Baker - 25 March 10:55

As the BBC reports that it can receive up to 10,000 pieces of user-generated content on a single day, Vicky Baker looks at the increasing need for verification and how propaganda and hoaxes have become more prevalent.

So far, it's only if you've got one of these by your username.
Twitter gives (a few) users a new filter to block abuse
By Ian Steadman - 24 March 15:40

The social network's giving its "elite" users more control over whose tweets they have to pay attention to.

Digital hieroglyphics: what does the buffer symbol tell us about ourselves?
By Thomas McMullan - 06 March 9:42

Staring at a buffer symbol, waiting for something on the internet to load can be both reassuring and distressing. We wait with the belief that something is happening out of sight.

The relentless cheerleading of the internet dulls our wits.
The happiness conspiracy: against optimism and the cult of positive thinking
By Bryan Appleyard - 26 February 10:20

Pessimism gets a bad press, but compulsory positive thinking can be brutally enforced.

Whispering plays a big part in ASMR. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Welcome to the world of autonomous sensory meridian response videos, the internet’s soft play area
By Eleanor Margolis - 19 February 16:50

For some people, videos of people performing intricate tasks or crinkling paper can produce a satisfying tingling feeling. If you can suspend your cyncism, it’s one of the nicest places on the internet to be.

David Cameron unveils this year's campaign poster. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Instant messaging: looking back on the golden age of political advertising
By Bryan Appleyard - 13 February 9:00

Sam Delaney’s Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened when British Politics Met Advertising captures forty years of politics – through posters.

Samsung's 4K TV sets on show at CES. Photo: Getty Images
Before we give doors and toasters sentience, we should decide what we're comfortable with first
By Ian Steadman - 10 February 13:51

It's becoming more and more common for everyday appliances to have features we don't expect, and the implications for privacy and freedom can be surprisingly profound. We should be sure we know what we're buying into.

Google's motto is "don't be evil" - but with so much power over our lives, can we trust it and other tech companies to be? Photo: Getty Images
How to stop the tech giants turning us into techo-serfs
By Martin Moore - 09 February 17:21

We need to learn to live with the big companies which dominate the internet - but right now our only policy responses are state control or free market monopoly.

Unlike: at Facebook, 85 per cent of the tech staff are men. Photo: Getty
Silicon Valley sexism: why it matters that the internet is made by men, for men
By Soraya Chemaly - 04 February 10:46

From revenge porn to online harassment, online spaces are recreating the misogyny of the wider world.

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Troubles with Twitter: I’m glad I couldn’t tweet when I was an idiot
By Phil Hartup - 08 January 16:58

Twitter might be here to stay. Those block lists, those grudges, those bridges we burn – we could be stuck with them. And that is a sobering thought.

PETA, Ferguson, jihad, Doctor Who, rape, and kitten pics: the toxoplasma of online rage
By Scott Alexander - 08 January 12:37

A study of how anger on the internet is born, lives, and regenerates.

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