Nothing Lasts Forever— Not Even On The Internet.

from NYTs Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it, but we can’t imagine a world without it. Though we talk about reforming and regulating it, “fixing” it, those of us who grew up on the internet know there’s no such thing as a social network that lasts forever. Facebook and Twitter are slowly imploding. And before they’re finally dead, we need to think about what the future will be like after social media so we can prepare for […]

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Inside The Bizarre World of Internet Trolls and Propagandists

from TED Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they’re making their ideas spread. Go down the rabbit hole of online propaganda and misinformation — and learn we can start to make the internet less toxic. ? More here.

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Want to Keep Hackers Out of Gadgets? Try International Law

from Wired IMAGINE THIS SCENARIO: You’re on vacation in the beautiful Austrian Alps, heading out for breakfast, but your room’s door won’t open. The hotel uses electronic locks that are connected to a network, making it easier to manage the hotel, while also getting rid of the obsolete analog locks. Only this time, the convenience provided by these electronic locks is a double-edged sword: The technology also enables cyber criminals to hack the locks and demand ransom, usually in the form of cryptocurrency, in return for unlocking the door. While this scenario sounds hypothetical, last month a fully booked four-star hotel […]

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How Free Is Our Freedom Of The Press?

from TED In the US, the press has a right to publish secret information the public needs to know, protected by the First Amendment. Government surveillance has made it increasingly more dangerous for whistleblowers, the source of virtually every important story about national security since 9/11, to share information. In this concise, informative talk, Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder and TED Fellow Trevor Timm traces the recent history of government action against individuals who expose crime and injustice and advocates for technology that can help them do it safely and anonymously. More here.

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In Case Anybody Hadn’t Noticed, The Internet Is Very Vulnerable

From Medium Yesterday’s DDoS attacks on key US internet infrastructure made one thing clear: since its supposed origins in the 1960s as a distributed and thus resilient military network, it has take five decades to find relatively simple and inexpensive ways to topple it. From a European standpoint, yesterday’s attacks were apparently no big deal: Medium remained up and running the whole time, and my Spanish homepage was difficult to access for about two hours, a problem I accepted philosophically knowing that the causes were nothing to do with my server and that there was therefore nothing I could do […]

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What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage

from Wired FRIDAY MORNING IS prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol’ WIRED.com. For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard. This morning’s attack started around 7 am ET and was aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. That first […]

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How Iran Is Building Its Censorship-Friendly Domestic Internet

from BackChannel In the early spring of 2011, Iranian authorities made a series of bombastic public statements about government plans to strengthen their control over information. What emerged is the enduring specter of a “halal Internet”?—?a network cleansed of immorality and disconnected from the global Internet. Over the next several months, the political and religious establishment began to aggressively challenge the morality and security of the Internet, calling instead for a network that promoted the strict religious values promoted by the Islamic Republic. The then-Deputy Vice President for Economic Affairs described the vision for a national Internet as “a genuinely halal network, aimed at Muslims […]

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Does The Internet Dream About Itself? Werner Herzog Wants To Know

from co.create Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, is a meditation on technology and humanity that includes interviews with everyone from developers of the early Internet to astrophysicists to Elon Musk. It’s also a film with a strange genesis. Lo and Behold is the result of a collaboration with Netscout, a hardware company that was originally interested in Herzog making short films about what would happen if the Internet was disrupted. “I immediately declined because I thought it was an attempt to hire me for a commercial,” Herzog tells Co.Create. “I have had an attitude in all my working […]

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We Need To Be Pragmatic About The Principle Of Net Neutrality

from the guardian The composer and aesthete Lord Berners was a famous eccentric who hated sharing railway compartments with strangers and developed a sure-fire way of ensuring that he travelled alone. He would stand at the door of his chosen compartment, maniacally beckoning people in. This being England, no one ever entered. Nowadays, the same effect may be achieved by telling people that you wish to engage them in a discussion about net neutrality. You get the glassy smile, the sideways glance checking the location of the nearest exit, the sudden remembering of things that have to be done at that very […]

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