The Supreme Court ruling which could break, or save, the internet
By Alex Hern - 08 February 10:25

Do you "copy" a website just by reading it?

Amazon reports profit plummeting, stocks hit record high
By Alex Hern - 30 January 10:28

Bizarro world in Wall Street.

Light through the trees in a forest near Essen, Germany
Why I don’t agree with trigger warnings
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 29 January 8:41

When I was suffering from PTSD, I didn't want to be wrapped in cotton wool.

New Statesman
Vine posts amateur porn as "editor's pick"
By Alex Hern - 28 January 14:23

Twitter's new "long photo" app goes x-rated.

 Look at this lovely picture of a baby giraffe instead.
What I’ve learned from Objectify A Male Tech Writer Day – and why I’m calling it off
By Leigh Alexander - 28 January 10:22

The real mission has to be making everyone feel welcome, period.

New Statesman
Naomi Wolf on abortion: "Our Bodies, Our Souls"
By Naomi Wolf - 27 January 9:53

For the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade - which legalised abortion in the US - the New Statesman is republishing Naomi Wolf's provocative 1995 essay, which argues that the pro-choice movement is "cultivating a hardness of heart".

Is the writing on the wall for Facebook?
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner - 16 January 15:45

Has the Facebook fad seen its day?

New Statesman
Libel more damaging if it has potential to "go viral", court rules
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner - 10 January 13:21

The case could have a large effect on freedom of speech on sites like Twitter.

A screen shot from Grand Theft Auto V.
If we deplore racism and sexism in videogames, how can we defend violence?
By Phil Hartup - 07 January 13:43

A culture of violence is something that normalises violence and makes it acceptable. Games don’t do that because they don’t feature real violence or anything that feels like it, argues Phil Hartup.

New Statesman
Reddit provides cancer sufferer with early showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness
By Alex Hern - 07 January 8:00

"The last thing he got to do that gave him pleasure was watch the new Star Trek movie."

Pinterest acquires and shutters Punchfork
By Alex Hern - 04 January 17:22

The mayfly life of a 2010s start-up.

Instagram's ToS
Instagram backs down, won't use photos in adverts
By Alex Hern - 19 December 8:53

Despite legal language used, "we do not have plans for this" says Kevin Systrom.

Instagram asserts the right to sell your photos
By Alex Hern - 18 December 8:39

You are not the customer, you are the product.

New Statesman
Don't boycott Google because it's evil. Boycott it because it's terrible
By Alex Hern - 13 December 14:10

Google's dodging taxes. But its worst crime is messing around with search results.

New Statesman
Mogulgeddon: Alan Sugar and Donald Trump compete to be most childish tycoon on the internet
By Alex Hern - 07 December 10:32

It's mogul v mogul on the highways of the internets.

Invasion of the cyber hustlers
By Steven Poole - 06 December 6:31

From Jeff Jarvis to Clay Shirky, a class of gurus are intent on "disrupting" old-fashioned practices like asking us to pay for valuable content. Meanwhile, web giants like Google and Apple jealously guard their profitable secrets.

A shop in Tahrir Square is spray painted with the word Twitter
Do my tweets really matter?
By Talitha Stevenson - 29 November 8:10

The pathologies of modern life.

Is Venus the two-faced cat really a chimera?
By Alex Hern - 28 November 11:26

Genetics explained, with added kittens.

New Statesman
Edward Saatchi: "It’s a statement of the obvious, whoever is prepared to look at the latest technologies will win"
By Charlotte Simmonds - 26 November 18:21

An interview with the Obama campaigner behind the social network that's changing politics and big businesses.

New Statesman
Tech has a white dude problem, and it doesn't get better by not talking about it
By Alex Hern - 19 November 13:41

The organisers of the British Ruby Conference have cancelled the event due to their failure to invite a diverse speaker line-up.

New Statesman
From high-brow to hi-tech: Shakespeare on the iPad
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 01 November 13:22

The launch of a new literature app sees the world's most famous playwright re-invented for the digital age.

The trolls we despise are our own creation
By Tauriq Moosa - 17 October 8:49

To kill off the poisonous notions of celebrity, we have to stop giving it our attention and act civilly to each other.

As Facebook turns off facial recognition in Europe, is this the start of a change for the company?
By Alex Hern - 15 October 16:18

Meet the new social network, not quite the same as the old social network.

Amazon launches yet another loss-leader, but what is its plan?
By Alex Hern - 12 October 14:32

The Kindle Owners Lending Library will sell a lot of Kindles – but Kindles don't make money.

The front page of r/politics
Reddit blocks Gawker in defence of its right to be really, really creepy
By Alex Hern - 11 October 12:09

Links from Gawker are banned from /r/politics, after journalist threatens to reveal the identity of the man running Reddit's "creepshots", "beatingwomen" and "jailbait" forums.

Rutger Hauer, in the film Blade Runner.
New web security system tests computers' emotions
By Alex Hern - 08 October 11:18

Sorting the men from the replicants.

A new iTunes streaming service could be a disaster for songwriters
By Alex Hern - 05 October 14:22

Two rumours in short succession have hinted that the digital music scene is moving firmly away from the buy-to-own (or rather, pay-to-permanently-license-with-terms-just-short-of-ownership) model – of iTunes, the Amazon MP3 Store and Bandcamp – towards the model which services like Spotify and i