A woman poses in front of photowall showing a fantasy library at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty
To build a fan base, it helps to know what it’s like to be a fan
By Elizabeth Minkel - 12 December 10:00

The online book world is about gathering around a book, or a love of books generally. If publishers want to capitalise on this, they would do well to promote authors who are fans themselves.

Footballer Gavin Swankie (left), just one of the players whose every goal is recorded by the Whitehall fan. Photo: Getty Images
Who's the Whitehall civil servant spending hours each week editing footballers' Wikipedia pages?
By Ian Steadman - 27 November 15:59

Someone, somewhere in government, is spending a considerable amount of time keeping Wikipedia's entries on Scottish football up-to-date.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the head of the ISC, has said companies like Facebook offer terrorists a "safe haven". Photo: Getty Images
Making Facebook an arm of MI5 won't be a guarantee against terrorism
By Ian Steadman - 26 November 13:42

The security services want social networks like Facebook to be more forthcoming with material posted by users that might indicate a threat to national security. But the root causes of terrorism will never be fixed with data alone.

Amanda Palmer at Glastonbury. Photo: Getty Images
Standing naked in front of an audience: Amanda Palmer and a new way to make art
By Cory Doctorow - 11 November 16:17

Cory Doctorow on the singer and performer Amanda Palmer's first book, "a manifesto and a confessional of an artist uniquely suited to her time and place".

Why you should be worried about Dapper Laughs: he’s making sexism mundane
By Eleanor Margolis - 07 November 10:39

The internet comedian is turning retro sexism into a viral phenomenon, and now that he’s been give his own ITV2 show, the message is clear: misogyny is just as mainstream and marketable as ever.

Free capital: a winning design for one of Peter Thiel's floating cities. Image: Andras Gyorfi
Peter Thiel: we must stop fearing the future
By Ian Steadman - 30 October 12:35

The co-founder of PayPal, Facebook board member and hugely successful venture capitalist is disappointed in the future. He doesn’t think we’re ambitious enough.

Not this kind of tiger, clearly. Photo: Getty
Why a woman having sex with a fake tiger shows that the Extreme Pornography Act must be repealed
By Margaret Corvid - 27 October 12:44

Experts predicted that the law would result in fewer than 30 cases a year. Instead, there have been thousands of convictions. The Act is not fit for purpose.

Students at work in a university library. Photo: Getty
Why UK universities must steer clear of trigger warnings
By Pam Lowe - 24 October 13:07

It is important for staff to assist and support students while teaching and learning sensitive issues, but we should not be sanitising the curriculum for them.

Julian Assange appears on screen to discuss the revelations about New Zealand's mass surveillance at Auckland Town Hall, 15 September. Ph
When Julian Assange went head to head with Google
By Bryan Appleyard - 09 October 10:00

For Julian Assange, Google is all but an arm of the US state department. For the company’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg, an adviser to its CEO, Larry Page, Google is the model of the 21st-century company.

Free again: Doctorow signals the danger of states pushing tech boundaries. Photo: Rex/Will Ireland/Future Publishing
Betrayed by your smartphone: Cory Doctorow on the future of internet censorship
By Ian Steadman - 09 October 10:00

“Information doesn’t want to be free,” writes the sci-fi novelist and activist Cory Doctorow, “people want to be free.”

Jennifer Lawrence at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2014. Photo: Getty
Jennifer Lawrence: “Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offence”
By Media Mole - 07 October 16:24

It isn’t just the hackers who stole her personal photos who are to blame, the actress says.

Westminster needs to catch up with the regulatory demands of the internet. Photo: Getty
Tim Farron: Westminster has been slow to engage with the internet
By Tim Farron - 05 October 9:51

New garden cities, our digital future and why we should celebrate Non-Independence Day.

Plumb role: actors dressed as Nintendo characters Super Mario and Luigi in Chiba, Tokyo, August 2014. Photo: Getty
The most influential tech company you’ve never heard of
By Philip Maughan - 25 September 10:00

The scientists and engineers at “Alca-Loo”– as it is known among financiers – think of themselves as “the plumbers of the internet world”.

Not that kind of fishing. Photo: Getty
The psychology of phishing: why do we fall for terrible email scams?
By Emma Woollacott - 23 September 12:36

New research suggests that it isn’t the technologically illiterate who fall for the promise of a legacy from a Nigerian prince – the more you use Facebook, the more likely you are to click that link.

A row of traditional American mailboxes. Photo: Andrew Taylor/Flickr
Reprivatising the internet: how physics helps you hide from spooks
By Michael Brooks - 18 September 10:00

Tim Berners-Lee has publicly called for programmers to develop better, more user-friendly cryptography. That way, he says, we can all get back to living private lives again.

Miranda July.
Miranda July’s new app Somebody delivers text messages in person
By Philip Maughan - 29 August 12:42

“Every relationship becomes a three-way,” July says of the new app, which launched yesterday at the Venice Film Festival.

An Apple iPad with Twitter's native app. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Twitter's taking away your control over what tweets you choose to see
By Ian Steadman - 20 August 12:38

A subtle change in how Twitter's feed works will make some people very angry, but most people probably won't even notice.

Care about feminist issues all the time, not just when someone is being abused on Twitter. Image: Keoni Cabral on Flickr via Creative Commons
But What Can Be Done: Dos and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism
By Leigh Alexander - 19 August 12:26

Here’s a helpful guide to what you should and shouldn’t do if you see a woman being harassed on Twitter.

Some slices are bigger than others. Photo: jzawdubya/Flickr/CC BY-SA
Geotagging reveals Wikipedia is not quite so equal after all
By Mark Graham - 18 August 17:28

It may be open to the world, but the articles on Wikipedia reflect existing hierarchies of knowledge.

We’ve won, lesbians. We’ve penetrated the realm of emojis
By Eleanor Margolis - 15 August 14:26

Snark aside, queer women should never be invisible.

Are we being naive about our data? Photo: Getty
Should we be getting a share of the money our personal data earns?
By Emma Woollacott - 08 August 13:08

Facebook collects and sells our data – and yet we seem to care comparatively little that we don’t get a cut.

More than 70 per cent of MPs use Twitter.
To watch the political elite debate, head to Twitter, not Westminster
By Lucy Fisher - 06 August 15:55

Twitter, once the preserve of teens and techies, is now the medium of choice for the political establishment too. 

A smartphone running Facebook. Photo: Johan Larsson / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Sex workers on Facebook are not a sexualised peep show available at all hours
By Margaret Corvid - 05 August 9:25

The default assumption when it comes to sex workers on Facebook is that their lives are an open book.

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.

Facebook’s “like” symbol. Image: Getty
Laurie Penny on Facebook's manipulation: It 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.

Pages