Category: Internet

Jeremy Gillula: Internet.org Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet

It continues to impose conditions and restraints that not only make it something less than a true Internet service, but also endanger people’s privacy and security

Michael Schulson: “Facebook’s power is to sort what people see and to screen information. That’s basically what Google does, too”

There’s a way in which the everyday experience becomes more attuned to the logic of quantification and advertising

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Michael Albert: What’s Free?

The odd situation that gargantuan operations make it look like “free” is sensible – Google, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. You don’t pay for them, or don’t think you pay, anyhow – so why pay for anything else – especially coming from the left?

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Ryan Gallagher: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

Canada’s electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyberweapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world to gather intelligence, breaking into networks in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa, the Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Age of the Selfie in the Neoliberal Era

Critics have long pointed out that the social media phenomena of the Selfie is rooted in vanity and narcissism. But scholar and cultural critic Henry Giroux says it is about much more

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Justin Podur: Online Privacy Is Worth The Extra Work

If people assume they have the right to privacy and join the free software movement, it is better for everyone

Guy Standing: Taskers: The Precariat in the On-Demand Economy

On-demand taskers must be available at most times of day and night or risk losing income or future opportunities

Lee Fang: Net Neutrality Is Here

Thanks To an Unprecedented Guerrilla Activism Campaign

Binnaz Saktanber: ‘Cease and censor’ in Turkey’s war on social media

Turkey has a track record of ruthlessly cracking down on social media users, and both Twitter and Facebook appear happy to play ball with the censors

Heather Gies: Social Media Coup? The Vile Virality of Venezuela’s Opposition

Examininh the role of social media in fomenting violence and misinformation in Venezuela

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