‘The lurkers support me in email’: An analysis of GamerGate in the media

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Whether you agree or disagree with its tenets, GamerGate has been an important part of the new digital media frontier over the last year or so. It’s one of the biggest demonstrations of the power of Internet media (including, in one instance, a self-published e-book) to organize and amplify the [...]

The Comcast Cable Guy catches the Windows 10 spirit

By David Rothman
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ah, a preview of an Internet without a scintilla of  Neutrality? Early today, Google and Facebook were about the only Web sites I could reach at normal speeds. An overworked Net?  And yet some giant sites getting through anyway, with enough money and infrastructure. Never mind that the [...]

Amid proliferating ad-blocking, concerns of free content vanishing

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 6 Comments

Is web content about to experience an “adblockolypse” now? Those are the concerns expressed in this piece on the Columbia Journalism Review, which offers an overview of the phenomenon and some fairly alarming estimates regarding the number of people who are doing it. (One source suggests that [...]

Karma Go LTE hotspot brings 4G speed and public Internet access to your pocket

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

After a long delay, my Karma Go 4G LTE wireless hotspot finally arrived. I was bemused to open the envelope and find it packaged in a resealable plastic pouch not too different from the pouches my Soylent meal drink comes in. Had I purchased a batch of “Instant Karma”? Happily, when I tore open [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon drones and butterflies in the sky; Authors Guild urges limited contracts; Windows 10 and Project Loon roll out

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 6 Comments

Amazon proposes a delivery drone flight plan (Engadget) It’s basically a mirror of the current (and exceedingly safe) system employed by the FAA for commercial airliners. What’s more, Amazon wants to create a neutral central computer system to handle all of these flight plans and [...]

The Internet as functional telepathy

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a few days ago I came across the Facebook meme you see at right. Today, Charlie Stross posted a blog comparing the Internet to “functional telepathy.” Maybe there really is no coincidence. At first glance, the Internet as functional telepathy seems like something out of science-fiction [...]

Why the Hugos are broken, and who’s breaking them now

By Chris Meadows
April 23, 2015 // 15 Comments

The Hugo Puppies affair proceeds apace. As it will for at least the rest of this year, and probably the next as well. Everyone is having their say, and some excellent things have been written about the whole matter lately. I’ll get to those in a moment. The Internet Breaks the Hugos Whether [...]

Google gives you all the online shelf space you can eat for Safer Internet Day

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In one of the events and special offers marking Safer Internet Day – February 10th – Google is reaching out to users of its Google Drive cloud storage service to run through an online security checkup, with the carrot of 2GB of free storage added on to the existing storage offer. [...]

ITU shows full extent of global population still offline

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A timely report. the annual Measuring the Information Society Report, from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for information and comms technologies, comes as a fresh reminder of how far the information economy still has to spread. According to [...]

Amazon gets .book

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s a piece of news that will probably gladden the hearts of those who accuse Amazon of being a monopolist: Amazon has just bagged the .book  generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) from the DNS overseer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against competitors like Google [...]

FCC reallocates, reduces funding for schools and libraries internet access

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just passed a new proposal for reallocation of resources in its program for support for internet and telecoms access for schools and libraries. However, the proposal has attracted strong and partisan criticism from both Republican and Democrat [...]

If the Internet isn’t responsible for the decline in newspapers…what is?

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here’s an article from Science Daily that posits that all the claims that the Internet (or, more specifically, Internet advertising) is responsible for newspapers’ downfall are false…but then it doesn’t propose any alternative reasons to replace it. The article cites a research paper by [...]

European newspaper publishers argue web browsing is copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

One of the points often made by supporters of the Google Books fair use ruling is that if copying material to build a search index is not legal, then so is the entire underpinning of the web, which relies on being able to make digital copies and index them. Lest you believe nobody would try to make [...]

‘Slenderman’ Internet fiction blamed in pre-teen stabbing; creepypasta sites issue statements

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

You know, I really want to believe the best of human nature, but then I run across something like this. There’s a genre of Internet writing called “creepypasta.” It’s a subcategory of, and its name derives from, “copypasta,” which simply means a block of text that’s short and [...]

John Oliver: Let’s call ‘net neutrality’ what it really is

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Daily Show alum John Oliver has turned his keen wit toward net neutrality. In a scathing 13-minute segment of Last Week Tonight, Oliver astutely points out that the cable companies are winning the net neutrality fight by making it so boring that it slips right under the average person’s radar. [...]

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