By Michael Geist SOPA may be a distant memory for the Internet community, but Canada now finds itself in its own SOPA moment. Telecom giant Bell leads a coalition of companies and associations in seeking support for a wide-ranging website blocking plan that could have similarly harmful effects on the Internet, representing a set-back forRead More
Cambodian dictator Hun Sen has ruled since 1998, and when an opposition leader used Facebook to challenge his election in 2013, Hun Sen teamed up with a fake news outlet called Fresh News to deploy a Facebook-based strategy to consolidate his control and neutralize democratic opposition.
Hun Sen and his attack-dog mediaRead More
It’s been nearly a year since Trump killed the Trans Pacific Partnership by pulling the US out of it; last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada and the other TPP countries would sign the agreement without the USA — an announcement timed to coincide with Trump’s appearance at the World EconomicRead More
In Nieman Labs’s “predictions for journalism in 2018” roundup, there’s Kawandeep Virdee’s “Zines Had It Right All Along”: which celebrates the low-fi, experimental, handcrafted diversity of the golden age of zines (which was the environment that birthed Boing Boing, as it happens).
As Tim Carmody writes, “They look different because they are different.Read More
By Cory Doctorow Tim O’Reilly has his finger on the pulse of technology and the people who make it in a way that is unmatched by anyone in the world; the publisher of the world’s best-loved computer books, the host of technology’s best-loved conferences, the convenor of the most important conversations about tech and itsRead More
Destinyland writes, “Slashdot turns 20 years old today [Ed: here’s my post from Slashdot’s 10th birthday!], and to celebrate they’ve gone back to look at how some of the highlights — like the time they refused Microsoft’s demand that they delete a comment. (“I’m sure you agree that freedom of speech is at leastRead More
Writing in MIT Tech Review, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne points out the secret and, in retrospect, obvious driving force behind tech: it reduces the often awkward and unreliable process of dealing with people, so you can buy music without asking friends for recommendations, take a cab without talking to a dispatcher, buy yourRead More