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Why Some Americans Are Cheering Germany for Taking on Facebook’s Policy That You Need to Use Your Real Name

Why Some Americans Are Cheering Germany for Taking on Facebook’s Policy That You Need to Use Your Real Name

A German court ruled in January that Facebook’s policy requiring users to use a real name is illegal, and that individuals using the platform must be allowed to use pseudonyms on their profiles.
How the Internet Companies That Sold Ads to Russian Trolls Can Fix the Problem

How the Internet Companies That Sold Ads to Russian Trolls Can Fix the Problem

On Aug. 20, 2016, supporters of the Donald Trump’s presidential campaign attended “Florida Goes Trump” rallies that were held simultaneously in 17 cities across the Sunshine State. Many, if not most,
What We Know About How Russia’s Internet Research Agency Meddled in the 2016 Election

What We Know About How Russia’s Internet Research Agency Meddled in the 2016 Election

If you’ve been following the discussion about how Russia meddled with the 2016 U.S. election, the Internet Research Agency is probably a familiar name. But if you haven’t been watching every
Did Waymo Just Put Uber in Second Place?

Did Waymo Just Put Uber in Second Place?

The courtroom fight between Uber and Waymo is over; now the race to get an autonomous ride-hailing service to market is back on. On Friday, we learned that Waymo—the self-driving car arm of Google
What Good Is an Indictment for Online Election Meddling?

What Good Is an Indictment for Online Election Meddling?

On Friday, Robert Mueller filed the first charges alleging election interference in his ongoing investigation of the 2016 presidential election. The 37-page indictment alleges that 13 people and three
The U.S. Says It Will Strike Back at Russia for the NotPetya Cyberattack

The U.S. Says It Will Strike Back at Russia for the NotPetya Cyberattack

A day after the White House officially blamed Russia for the NotPetya cyberattack that roiled networks across 64 countries in 2017, the administration’s cybersecurity czar on Friday announced that the
Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Internet Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Internet Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world. It originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Afef
Why a High-End Vacuum Maker Is Getting Into Electric Vehicles

Why a High-End Vacuum Maker Is Getting Into Electric Vehicles

Sir James Dyson is primarily known for inventing the beloved bagless vacuum cleaner that became the basis of his eponymous small home appliance company. Soon, that company may be venturing into an
Facebook’s Two-Factor System Is Sending Users Spam Texts and Posting Their Replies

Facebook’s Two-Factor System Is Sending Users Spam Texts and Posting Their Replies

Facebook users are receiving spam texts from the company on the phone numbers they entered for the platform’s two-factor authentication system—a problem that has reportedly been happening for months
Trump Doesn’t Care About What Actually Causes Violence

Trump Doesn’t Care About What Actually Causes Violence

In his Thursday morning speech responding to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump correctly noted that “it is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel
Oh Great, Now Cryptocurrency Is Disrupting the Search for Aliens

Oh Great, Now Cryptocurrency Is Disrupting the Search for Aliens

If you believe the most breathless technology prophets, blockchain—best known for its role in the cryptocurrency boom, though it’s far more complicated than that—is primed to disrupt almost everything
The New Puzzle of Diabetes

The New Puzzle of Diabetes

Most people think of Type 2 diabetes as a scourge caused by the fatty diets and sedentary lifestyles of modern Western countries. But scientists are now realizing that this is less than half the
How to Find Shelter in the Storm of #MeToo

How to Find Shelter in the Storm of #MeToo

Ever since the tidal wave of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual perpetrations against dozens of women finally crested this fall, we have been at the center of a sociocultural storm of epic proportions. Indeed,
Yes, Students Tweet Mass Shootings Now. And We Ought to Watch.

Yes, Students Tweet Mass Shootings Now. And We Ought to Watch.

“Took to social media” is an oft-reviled phrase frequently seen in the context of celebrity spats, rants, and otherwise frivolous behavior: So-and-so Real Housewife took to social media. But on
This Senator Sent Tinder a Valentine’s Letter to Demand It Finally Make Its Network Secure

This Senator Sent Tinder a Valentine’s Letter to Demand It Finally Make Its Network Secure

While it’s certainly not embarrassing or uncommon to use a dating app, plenty of people don’t want to broadcast it. For Tinder users, though, that’s happening anyway, and it has been for a long time.
Maybe Apple Rushed the HomePod to Market Too Fast

Maybe Apple Rushed the HomePod to Market Too Fast

Now that the dust has settled on the HomePod’s newness, some owners of Apple’s smart speaker have made a startling revelation: The device may leave a white ring on certain surfaces where it’s been
Valentine’s Day on the Internet in 2018 Looked Like Valentine’s Day at Your Elementary School Circa 1992

Valentine’s Day on the Internet in 2018 Looked Like Valentine’s Day at Your Elementary School Circa 1992

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Have you noticed these Valentine’s Day messages in your feed too? It’s Feb. 14 on the internet, which means there’s been a steady uptick of Valentine’s Day content
We’ve All Cried in Public. This Site Lets Us Map Those Feelings.

We’ve All Cried in Public. This Site Lets Us Map Those Feelings.

When the tide is up, seawater salinates the rivers that moat Manhattan. If you were to drink from the Hudson during those briny hours—which you shouldn’t, of course—I imagine it would taste a little
Future Tense Newsletter: What Do We Call a Data Breach That Isn’t a Breach?

Future Tense Newsletter: What Do We Call a Data Breach That Isn’t a Breach?

It came as a shock to many when the Washington Post reported that Strava, an app to track jogging routes, inadvertently exposed sensitive military intelligence. But, Kirsten Ostherr asks, was the
Chrome’s New Built-In Ad Blocker Will Try to Distinguish the Good Ads From the Bad

Chrome’s New Built-In Ad Blocker Will Try to Distinguish the Good Ads From the Bad

On Thursday, Google’s Chrome browser will activate a feature for all users that removes “intrusive ads” from websites. When Google first announced the ad blocker in June, the company pointed to