Happy Ed Balls day, one and all
By Caroline Crampton - 28 April 11:29

We just can't leave that infamous tweet alone.

Spotted on Facebook: a sexist and degrading form of cyber-bullying in disguise
By Rosaleen Fenton - 27 April 9:25

A new trend of "Spotted" Facebook pages is allowing people space to post anonymous abuse at individuals who can easily identify themselves, and then scolding dissenters for lacking a sense of humour.

Wikipedia wars: are there really novelists and 'women novelists'?
By Sarah Ditum - 26 April 9:44

How many brilliant writers will be sorted away entirely, never making the cut as novelists because they're weighed down with the tag "woman"?

Reddit matures, and apologises
By Alex Hern - 23 April 18:04

The site's general manager has apologised for its conduct during the Boston crisis.

The Supreme Court case which didn't break the internet
By Alex Hern - 17 April 18:02

Do you "copy" a website just by reading it? No, thankfully.

Illustration by Julien Picaud.
Generation X-rated owns the net: can politicians stop children watching porn?
By Rafael Behr - 21 March 8:30

Never has it been so easy for young children to watch violent pornography. Can politicians who grew up in the analogue age do anything about it?

Digital elite: A bleak vision of the future
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 March 14:38

Sophie Elmhirst meets Jaron Lanier.

Don't fear Facebook, pity it. It's a datavore with no data
By Alex Hern - 13 March 16:52

Facebook can draw inferences from your likes. But who has any likes anymore?

New Statesman
So what’s the deal with this Gizoogle shizzle?
By Aisha Gani - 07 March 14:10

I learnt that coffee can be translated as “fruity ass malt liquor”, for one thing.

Shakes on a Plane: Can you Harlem shake yourself to death?
By Alex Hern - 01 March 17:02

Dancing like a tit at 30,000 feet.

Is Excel the most dangerous piece of software in the world?
By Alex Hern - 11 February 12:42

Microsoft's calculator is partially to blame for JPMorgan losing $9bn, and a lot more besides.

Shatner v Reddit: racists group there to "incite and spread their hatred"
By Alex Hern - 11 February 10:16

Captain Kirk takes on the hive-mind.

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."

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

You are not the customer, you are the product.

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