The people policing the internet’s most horrific content

August 20, 2019

In this digital self-publishing era people can record and produce their own content, a lot of horrific stuff that clearly breaches websites’ taste and decency guidelines. A growing army of moderators has the unenviable task of sifting through it all, sometimes at considerable cost to their mental health. WARNING: article contains upsetting content. Shawn Speagle […]

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The internet is racing to cut ties with 8chan after another deadly shooting

August 6, 2019

Less than an hour before this weekend’s deadly mass-shooting in El Paso, Texas, the suspect appears to have posted a rambling post filled with white nationalist and racist statements on 8chan. After a day of waffling, Cloudflare announced it would cut the security services it had provided the far-right site. That exposed 8chan to distributed denial of […]

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July 27, 2019

WHEN ALEX STAMOS describes the challenge of studying the worst problems of mass-scale bad behavior on the internet, he compares it to astronomy. To chart the cosmos, astronomers don’t build their own Hubble telescopes or Arecibo observatories. They concentrate their resources in a few well-situated places and share time on expensive hardware. But when it comes to tackling internet […]

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Oracle: China’s internet is designed more like an intranet

July 24, 2019

The structure of the Chinese internet is unlike any other country, being similar to a gigantic intranet, according to research published by Oracle last week. The country has very few connection points to the global internet, has zero foreign telcos operating within its borders, and Chinese-to-Chinese internet traffic never leaves the country. All of these […]

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Don’t be fooled by the internet: this week in tech, 20 years ago

July 21, 2019

This year marks a lot of big film anniversaries, and this week, everyone is celebrating The Blair Witch Project. Vice collected a full oral history of how the years-long experimental film project became one of the biggest horror movies of all time. You can read glowing 1999 reviews from Roger Ebert, The New York Times, and The Washington Post online, plus a CNN article confirming […]

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July 19, 2019

New York (Reuters) – Banning pornography from Tumblr was not necessarily meant to define Verizon Media’s strategy to turn around a collection of Internet has-beens. But that is how it has played out. After Verizon Communications Inc, which owns media brands like Yahoo, AOL and social media site Tumblr, declared its media properties nearly worthless […]

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