Bitcoin may be let loose now Silk Road has been shut down
By Ian Steadman - 15 October 10:00

Now that Silk Road has closed without any discernible damage to Bitcoin's value, maybe we can accept it's here to stay.

What the internet does, and doesn't, know about you
By Paul Rosenzweig - 07 October 16:39

For years, a large data aggregator has quietly, behind the scenes, been gathering your information—as one writer put it “mapping the consumer genome.” Some saw this as rather ominous; others as just curious. But it was, for all of us, mysterious. Until no

Jonathan Franzen and the rage of the Twitter machine
By Jason Cowley - 26 September 8:03

We’re swamped by a tide of reaction and instant opinion churned out by the second on Twitter, writes Jason Cowley. But as Franzen, Obama and Miliband show, instant gratification won’t secure our grasp of events.

Caroline Criado-Perez (r) with Mary Macleod, Mark Carney and Stella Creasy
Caroline Criado-Perez's speech on cyber-harassment at the Women's Aid conference
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 04 September 9:07

"If there’s one thing I want to come out of what happened to me, it’s for the phrase “don’t feed the trolls” to be scrubbed from the annals of received wisdom."

A still from Twitter's video introducing the update to its web client.
Twitter’s thin blue line: a velvet rope to connect the riff-raff to the elite
By Michael Moran - 29 August 16:24

The latest update to the social network is simply a helpful little line to make it easier to follow a conversational thread. In reality, it will mean that the clubby little chats of the great and good will be even more difficult to avoid.

Chelsea Manning's Wikipedia page.
Behind the Wikipedia wars: what happened when Bradley Manning became Chelsea
By Alex Hern - 23 August 14:15

Abigail Brady, who edits the site as Morwen, explains the polite notes and not-votes behind the scenes.

The BBFC.
We can't crowdsource the right to free speech
By Mark Owen - 19 August 16:18

The BBFC's plan to put content flags on online video could work – but crowd-sourcing censorship isn't the right way to do it.

How many teenagers are using Ask.fm to self-harm?
By Hazel Robinson - 14 August 11:25

Some of the young people experiencing online abuse will be sending it to themselves, writes Hazel Robinson. That doesn't make their pain any less real - but it should inform how we approach the subject.

Rebuilding Bebo: Shaan Puri reveals his plans for the social network
By James Evans - 09 August 11:20

"The biggest lesson is that the social products that succeed are non-obvious"

New Statesman
Female web developer wanted. Must love shoes and nail varnish
By Alex Hern - 08 August 10:00

Some developers are being sexist. It must be a Thursday.

Diary: Internet trolls, Twitter rape threats and putting Jane Austen on our banknotes
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 07 August 14:53

Caroline Criado-Perez starts the week in triumph as the Bank of England agrees to keep women of merit on our banknotes . . . and sinks into despair as trolls on Twitter line up the promises to rape, torture and kill her.

The Bot Wars: why you can never buy concert tickets online
By Cal Flyn - 06 August 14:17

Enterprising programmers are creating bots that can reserve, and in some cases buy, everything from restaurant tables to eBay goods before humans can even get a look in. Where will the bot wars end?

A thumbs up or 'Like' icon at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California
The Writing on the Wall: How Facebook is destroying our capacity for political debate
By Jacob Mertens - 03 August 11:18

The increasing trend for Facebook users to share pre-made images with opinions attached is encouraging us to adopt a stranger's agenda wholesale and without question, argues Jacob Mertens.

Mary Macleod, Mark Carney, Stella Creasy and Caroline Criado-Perez
Why does it always come back to rape?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 31 July 10:28

As the threats on Twitter to the likes of Caroline Criado-Perez, Stella Creasy, Mary Beard and others has proved, rape is the popular choice when women become more visible than they apparently should be.

A model leaves a photography studio after posing for pornographic shots
First they came for the porn stars: the problem with an online filter
By Martin Robbins - 30 July 12:40

The idea that you can tackle misogyny with a porn filter or a plastic bag is one of the more ludicrous conceits of social conservatives in modern times.

A baby in a wire cage in 1936
"Babies are brilliant!": what's behind the increasing trend of social media baby bragging?
By Lulu Le Vay - 30 July 9:25

Why do we feel the need to "share" pictures of children for others to gawp at on social media? Lulu Le Vay argues that there's more to this smug hollering about our reproductive successes than meets the eye.

Amazon reports quarterly loss, so of course share price is up
By Alex Hern - 26 July 17:40

Welcome to the wacky world of Amazon.

Hundred-thousand dollar Kickstarter cancelled amid threats and anger
By Alex Hern - 26 July 14:25

Do we have to get used to the occasional failure?

Would the Daily Mail website fall foul of the online porn filters it has championed?
By Alex Hern - 22 July 11:20

Ban this sick filth. No, not THIS sick filth, obviously.

What could the NSA do with a quantum computer?
By Michael Brooks - 27 June 14:40

After many false starts it’s a research field that is just now coming of age - when harnessed, particles can perform staggeringly powerful computation.

Will Edward Snowden be given a fair hearing?
By Michael Bochenek - 22 June 11:18

Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.

Facebook
If Facebook is serious about gender-based hate, why is it still hosting revenge porn?
By Frances Ryan - 18 June 14:08

Want to get back at your girlfriend for leaving you? Upload a photo she gave you in private and let strangers help you abuse her. Facebook won't do anything about it.

Wanting to protect children from online porn has nothing to do with social conservatism
By John Carr - 17 June 15:47

Too many people have fallen for the myth that any attempt to control the internet is bad.

A CCTV camera watches over festive Christmas lights
If you live in a surveillance state for long enough, you create a censor in your head
By Laurie Penny - 17 June 8:18

There is a significant psychological price to being constantly aware of the variety of ways in which your activity might be tracked.

A woman looks at pornographic videos and DVDs
The genie of unlimited filth is out of the bottle and no law can stop us polishing our lamps
By Laurie Penny - 13 June 12:18

The worst thing about this debate is that it turns a real-world, complex problem into a simple moral choice.

Bradley Manning’s case is about more than freedom of speech
By Laurie Penny - 03 June 8:25

The young soldier has become a symbol of the information war and its discontents.

New Statesman
Are you ready for the era of Big Data?
By Steven Poole - 29 May 9:42

Business agrees with governments — the more personal information they gather about us, the more “helpful” they can be. Should we give in to this “harmless” new science of benign surveillance?

New Statesman
Facebook can't keep turning a blind eye to the women-haters it enables
By Jane Fae - 26 May 12:10

By dealing with violent misogyny on a "case by case" basis, Facebook sends the message that the wider ideas are OK, writes Jane Fae.

New Statesman
New browser plugin stops people bamboozling you with numbers
By Alex Hern - 16 May 8:45

Dictionary of Numbers provides that much needed context.

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