In recent weeks, I have seen several stories in which those on the right claim that the FBI and/or Special Counsel Robert Mueller are conducting a "soft coup" against President Trump. Though some have used this rhetoric in the past, it seems that it has migrated recently to more mainstream voices on the right, including former officials, Congressmen, and popular talking … [Read more...] about Coup Watch: Is The United States On the Verge Of A Coup?
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission made headlines today with his latest comments on net neutrality. The Trump-appointed FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, criticized large internet companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter for undermining a free and open internet and censoring conservatives online. His remarks were in response to criticism over the agency's plan to … [Read more...] about Net Neutrality: FCC Echoes RT Criticism of Internet Companies
Are you worried about giving out your personal information when shopping online? You should be. It seems like not a week goes by without news of another massive data breach where hackers gain access to personal information like names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and credit or bank card numbers of customers. This is often enough information to commit financial … [Read more...] about Protect Personal Information When Shopping Online
Inc. has an interesting story about how startup Distil Networks is attempting to detect bots online. This passage was particularly illuminating: To determine who on the internet is real and who is fake, Distil's system studies a range of variables. Does the actor's cursor wander around the page like a person's would, for example, or does it make a beeline for its target? When … [Read more...] about How One Company Detects Bots Online
Rick Falkvinge over at the Private Internet Access blog makes an interesting point. He notes that when we complain about paywalls, we typically think of them in terms of the impact they have on journalism and the news industry. I would also add that in academia we debate about paywalled research articles and the wider social, cultural, political, and economic implications this … [Read more...] about Putting IT Standards Behind Paywalls Jeopardizes Our Security