The web is now making borders tougher and whipping up nationalist sentiment. How did this happen, and what should technologists do now? By Owen Thomas Updated 4:00 am PDT, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Photo: Andy Wong / Associated Press 2015 China keeps its internet censored. In this photo, a man surfs on a laptop computer at a Starbucks cafe in Beijing in 2015. China keeps its internet censored. In this photo, a man surfs on a... Welcome back to Tech Chronicle. Only connect! The prose and the passion, conveniently delivered to your inbox. The world narrow web The early advocates of the internet never saw this coming. In 1996, John Perry Barlow declared the independence of cyberspace with bombast: “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. … [Read more...] about The internet promised us a world without borders. Ooops
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Mar 26, 1:54 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Arthur Villasanta 03/25/19 AT 11:49 PM A misguided piece of legislation by the European Union (EU) intending to protect press freedom by apparently muzzling it continues to draw massive criticism and protests across Europe.Over the weekend, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Germany to voice their displeasure over the EU Copyright Directive, otherwise known as the “Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market 2016/0280(COD).” This proposed European Union directive is designed to limit how copyrighted content is shared on online platforms.Slated to be approved by the European Parliament by March 29, this EU directive intends to ensure "a well-functioning marketplace for the exploitation of works and other subject-matter... taking into account in particular digital and cross-border uses of protected content".Critics of … [Read more...] about New EU Copyright Law Could Censor The Internet, Thousands Protest
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: March 24, 2019 at 12:30 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2019 at 7:39 am By Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, (c) 2019, The Washington Post As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am ready. I want to fight.” To experts in online extremism, the performance echoed another brand of terrorism – that carried out by Islamic militants who have long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. Their tone, tactics and propaganda were eerily similar. The biggest difference was their ambitions: a white-supremacist uprising, instead of a Muslim caliphate. As Facebook, YouTube and other tech companies raced to contain the sounds and … [Read more...] about 8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shooting. Should the government treat it like one?
By Josh Chin WSJ Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 The global internet is splitting in two. One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and users can shop, chat, bank and surf the web with one app. The downsides: The government reigns absolute, and it is watching—you may have to communicate with friends in code. And don’t expect to access Google or Facebook. On the other side, in much of the world, the internet is open to all. Users can say what they want, mostly, and web developers can roll out pretty much anything. People accustomed to China’s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. You must toggle among apps to chat, shop, bank and surf the web. Some websites still don’t seem to be designed with smartphones in mind. The two zones are beginning to clash with the advent of the superfast new generation of mobile technology called 5G. China aims to be … [Read more...] about The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground.
In 2012, the New Orleans police department quietly partnered with the data mining company Palantir to implement a predictive policing system to help identify likely criminals and victims. For six years, neither the city council nor the courts were told that citizens’ data was being mined to generate police “target lists” and investigate individuals. Questions about the program’s propriety, legality, or value were never addressed. Ron Serpas, the city’s police chief at the time, told reporter Ali Winston last year, when he revealed the program, “It is, to me, something that certainly requires a view, requires a look.” In March, New Orleans officials said the contract with Palantir would not be renewed, but the relationship exposed a broader concern about how the government uses algorithms and data. New software is entering the public sector, helping to identify criminals, match students with schools, guide criminal … [Read more...] about How to lift the veil off hidden algorithms