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.

A smiley face in the sky. Photo: Getty
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.

Bebo.
Can Michael Birch bring Bebo back?
By Sophie McBain - 24 October 7:40

After selling the company he co-founded in 2008 for $850million, Michael Birch bought it back this year for just $1m - but is it too late to save Bebo?

Goodbye to the real trip advisor: Silk Road's top LSD review team just retired
By Ian Steadman - 16 October 11:17

A group calling themselves The Avengers were a bit like the Yelp of buying acid online.

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.

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