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A decade of digital dependency
2008 was the year the smartphone took off in the UK. With the iPhone and Android fresh into the UK market, 17% of people owned a smartphone a decade ago. That has now reached 78%, and 95% among 16-24 year-olds. The smartphone is now the device people say they would miss the most, dominating many people’s lives in both positive and negative ways.

People in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day. Two in five adults (40%) first look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, climbing to 65% of those aged under 35. Similarly, 37% of adults check their phones five minutes before lights out, again rising to 60% of under-35s.
research  internet  mobilephones  technology 
12 days ago by terry
Britons spend average of 24 hours a week online, Ofcom says
The total amount of time spent online by Britons has also doubled over the last 10 years, with a quarter of adults saying they spent more than 40 hours a week on the internet – a move driven by the uptake of smartphones.
technology  internet  mobilephones 
12 days ago by terry
Weeknotes: personal, public logs in the tradition of early blogging
In Webb's latest weeknote, he talks about his thinking on the history and practice of weeknotes, and why he finds them so satisfying to write and read. His description reminds me a lot of the joy of early weblogs, when interesting people kept running, public logs of the interesting things they'd seen (and/or made) on the nascent web, and what they thought of the experience.
writing  blogs  internet 
17 days ago by terry
Meet the 11% of Americans who don’t use the internet
“We bought the first family computer in 1998, and the kids would sit around all day, tinkering on the internet,” she says. “I watched them go from playing outside with friends, riding bikes, talking to each other, to being obsessed with the machine. It was like a switch flipped in their heads.”

While her children and husband became accustomed to the internet, Simpson brushed it off as an “unnecessary evil.” Aside from an unfruitful and frustrating attempt to find a local plumber using Ask Jeeves 19 years ago, she’s completely refrained from logging online.
technology  internet 
21 days ago by terry
How the Blog broke the Web
The old web, the cool web, the weird web, the hand-organized web… died.

And the damn reverse chronology bias — once called into creation, it hungers eternally — sought its next victim. Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest, of all things. Today these social publishing tools are beginning to buck reverse chronological sort; they’re introducing algorithm sort, to surface content not by time posted but by popularity, or expected interactions, based on individual and group history. There is even less control than ever before.
culture  history  internet  web  webdesign 
28 days ago by terry
Memes around the world: The world's biggest meme is the word "meme" itself
There is a more general definition of “meme,” however, dating back to 1976. The original definition describes it as a container for an idea or a unit of culture, like a fashion trend or blues melody. That container spreads throughout culture through a process of natural selection: Memes that capture a popular feeling or cultural moment get passed on, while those less applicable to contemporary culture die out. If this sounds kind of like how genes work, you’ve got the right idea—the term “meme” was coined by Richard Dawkins, a man who has been criticized for making everything about genes.
internet  culture  language  humour 
28 days ago by terry
Memes are becoming harder to monetize
“One of the biggest factors in a meme dying is if a meme gets overused,” says Jason Wong, the founder and CEO of a meme-focused e-commerce business called Dank Tank that sells merchandise like Tide Pod socks. “People today are consuming more memes than ever. The expiration date for them has shortened more since even last year. Memes used to last for two to three weeks, but recently we’ve noticed they die after just a few days.”
internet  culture  business  e-commerce 
9 weeks ago by terry
The failed quest to bring smells to the internet
In November of 2001, the smell of success began to fade for Joel Bellenson. His invention, the iSmell, promised to bring scent to the internet. He’d developed cutting-edge sensory technology, assembled a dream-team of Fortune 500 execs, and raised $20m. Video game companies, Hollywood studios, and internet giants were lining up for partnerships. But he’d forgotten to ask a crucial question: Did anyone actually want this?
technology  internet 
10 weeks ago by terry
George Orwell predicted cameras would watch us in our homes; he never imagined we’d gladly buy and install them ourselves
By appealing to our basic human need for connection, to vanity, the desire for recognition, and the seemingly instinctual drive for convenience, technology companies have persuaded millions of people to actively surveille themselves and each other.
amazon  alexa  internet  surveillance  privacy 
11 weeks ago by terry
We need to an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
The internet may be full of fake news, but it's also home to obsessive, deep knowledge and unlikely passions
internet 
12 weeks ago by terry
Accessible footnotes with CSS
The problem with footnotes on the web is that they can be a pain to maintain. If you happen to work on the same document often, changing the order of sections, adding references along the way, it might be tedious to have to re-number all existing footnotes. For example, if you have 3 existing references to footnotes in a document, and you want to add another one, but on a piece of content that occurs before all the others, you have to re-number them all. Not great… We could use CSS counters to make this whole thing much easier.
internet  webdesign  html  css 
12 weeks ago by terry
Blogger gets a spring cleaning
It’s surprising that Blogger is still around. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Blogger site in my searches, and it sure doesn’t have a lot of mindshare. Google also has let the platform linger and hasn’t integrated it with any of its newer services. The same thing could be said for Google+, too, of course. Google cuts some services because they have no users and no traction. That could surely be said for Blogger and Google+, but here they are, still getting periodic updates.
internet  google  blog 
may 2018 by terry
How the Million Dollar Homepage kid created the $250m Calm app
“Success can actually be bad, and can teach you the wrong things,” he says. “I was thinking about ideas that would get attention instead of provide value.”
internet  meditation 
may 2018 by terry
If kottke.org were a book — by Craig Mod
There are so few websites that have been around for twenty years. Certainly so few that are not explicitly commercial in intent, built on a singular voice and point of view. Because of that, sites like kottke.org have a special emotional ressonance not often found online. For those of us who have not just used the web but built on the web for decades, a place like kottke.org becomes almost physical in its emotional resonance.
internet  design  webdesign  books  history 
may 2018 by terry
Why am I getting all these terms of service update emails?
You may well see some frantic games of pass-the-parcel in the next few weeks as different services attempt to minimize or share their compliance burden. You can spot that in how they describe who is the "data controller" in their terms. For instance, Etsy, whose users are both buyers and sellers, has changed its language to emphasize that sellers are independent data controllers of your data. Google, meanwhile, has provoked a furious response from Europe's media publishers, after it declared itself the controller for the data from the ads and trackers that publishers put on their own websites, but expected that the publishers were the ones responsible for obtaining consent to share this data.
gdpr  internet  dataprotection 
may 2018 by terry
Game and Glory
But Fortnite is part of a broader pattern. Like internet companies, game developers are getting a lot better at making products that get people hooked. In my experience, this is what real people are talking about while the media is fixated on Facebook and privacy as the big issue.
internet  children  videogames 
may 2018 by terry
The future of well-being in a tech-saturated world
Many of those who argue that human well-being will be harmed also acknowledge that digital tools will continue to enhance various aspects of life. They also note there is no turning back. At the same time, hundreds of them suggested interventions in the coming years they feel could mitigate the problems and emphasize the benefits. Moreover, many of the hopeful respondents also agree that some harm will arise in the future, especially to those who are vulnerable.
internet  technology  culture  society 
may 2018 by terry
Declining majority of online adults say the internet has been good for society
By contrast, those who think the internet is a bad thing for society gave a wider range of reasons for their opinions, with no single issue standing out. The most common theme (mentioned by 25% of these respondents) was that the internet isolates people from each other or encourages them to spend too much time with their devices. These responses also included references to the spread and prevalence of fake news or other types of false information: 16% mentioned this issue. Some 14% of those who think the internet’s impact is negative cited specific concerns about its effect on children, while 13% argued that it encourages illegal activity. A small share (5%) expressed privacy concerns or worries about sensitive personal information being available online.
internet  culture  technology  society 
may 2018 by terry
Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea.
Behind the aphorism’s sudden ubiquity, however, lies a long and surprising history—one that yields a fresh perspective on our present technocultural moment. It suggests that Facebook’s business model is neither as novel as it might seem, nor as deterministic of its values as critics assume. The pithiness that makes “you are the product” so quotable risks obscuring the complex pact between Facebook and its users, in ways that make social media’s problems seem inevitable and insoluble. They’re not—but if we want to fix them, the first thing we need to do is redefine our relationship.
advertising  facebook  internet 
april 2018 by terry
Social network pioneer Friendster to erase all user photos, blogs and more on May 31 (2011)
Before MySpace and Facebook, there was Friendster, a pioneering social networking website for consumers. First launched in 2002, Friendster attracted tens of millions of users over the years, but it never quite grew into the online juggernaut it could have been.
internet  socialmedia 
april 2018 by terry
‘There is no public internet, and we are the closest thing to it’
A conversation with Katherine Maher about Wikipedia’s nonprofit structure and what incentive-based media models lack
internet  technology  wikipedia 
april 2018 by terry
Flickr bought by SmugMug as Yahoo breakup begins
Verizon bought the ailing Yahoo for $4.8bn in 2016 leaving many of its most dedicated users, who had collectively uploaded 12.4bn photos, fearful for the future. Verizon began cutting costs and selling off parts of its Yahoo and AOL combined business, renamed Oath, at the start of 2018, including Moviefone and the e-commerce firm Polyvore. The SmugMug acquisition puts to bed rumours of Flickr’s imminent demise at the hands of Oath cost savings.
flickr  yahoo  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Family-owned Smugmug acquires Flickr, rescuing it from the sinking post-Yahoo ship
There's not much news about what Smugmug will do with the service now. Smugmug CEO Don MacAskill made some promising noises to USA Today, saying "“We don't mine our customers' photos for information to sell to the highest bidder, or to turn into targeted advertising campaigns." [...] My marriage, my family, and my life are inextricably tied up with the history of Flickr, and watching it decline has been a kind of Dorian Gray exercise in watching a portrait of myself at some sweet, long-gone moment age and wither.
flickr  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Exclusive: Flickr bought by SmugMug, which vows to revitalize the photo service
Founded in 2002, SmugMug has been around even longer than Flickr and, from the start, has defied conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley, never taking a dime from outside investors or entertaining buyout offers. It operates on a smaller scale, but has won over millions of customers with a single-minded devotion to photography and a personal touch often lacking in online services run by giant corporations.
flickr  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Flickr agrees to be acquired by SmugMug – Q&A
What are SmugMug’s plans for Flickr? Will the products be merged?
SmugMug loves Flickr and they want us to keep on being Flickr. There is no plan to merge the products. As we spend more time with the SmugMug team, we hope to find ways to coordinate our development work and provide two great destinations dedicated to visual storytellers and creatives.
flickr  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Together, SmugMug + Flickr
This Community Always Existed. Now It's Uniting. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world's most influential photographer-centric community.
flickr  smugmug  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
The death of the newsfeed
This overload means it now makes little sense to ask for the ‘chronological feed’ back. If you have 1,500 or 3,000 items a day, then the chronological feed is actually just the items you can be bothered to scroll through before giving up, which can only be 10% or 20% of what’s actually there. This will be sorted by no logical order at all except whether your friends happened to post them within the last hour. It’s not so much chronological in any useful sense as a random sample, where the randomizer is simply whatever time you yourself happen to open the app. ’What did any of the 300 people that I friended in the last 5 years post between 16:32 and 17:03?’ Meanwhile, giving us detailed manual controls and filters makes little more sense - the entire history of the tech industry tells us that actual normal people would never use them, even if they worked. People don't file.
facebook  socialmedia  rss  internet 
april 2018 by terry
RSS is undead
Don’t get me wrong, I love RSS. At its core, it is a beautiful manifestation of some of the most visionary principles of the internet, namely transparency and openness. The protocol really is simple and human-readable. It feels like how the internet was originally designed with static, full-text articles in HTML. Perhaps most importantly, it is decentralized, with no power structure trying to stuff other content in front of your face. It’s wonderfully idealistic, but the reality of RSS is that it lacks the features required by nearly every actor in the modern content ecosystem, and I would strongly suspect that its return is not forthcoming.
internet  archive  rss 
april 2018 by terry
Post-authenticity and the ironic truths of meme culture
Reality’s been having a tough time of it lately. From fake news to fake video to the utter charade of our Instagram personas, ‘authenticity’ seems to be over. When everything is an ironic meme, what are the new vectors for talking truth?
internet  society  culture 
april 2018 by terry
It's time for an RSS revival
The modern web contains no shortage of horrors, from ubiquitous ad trackers to all-consuming platforms to YouTube comments, generally. Unfortunately, there's no panacea for what ails this internet we've built. But anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that's been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It's time to head back to RSS.
internet 
april 2018 by terry
How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet
Much of the GDPR builds on rules set by earlier EU privacy measures like the Privacy Shield and Data Protection Directive, but it expands on those measures in two crucial ways. First, the GDPR sets a higher bar for obtaining personal data than we’ve ever seen on the internet before. By default, any time a company collects personal data on an EU citizen, it will need explicit and informed consent from that person. Users also need a way to revoke that consent, and they can request all the data a company has from them as a way to verify that consent. It’s a lot stronger than existing requirements, and it explicitly extends to companies based outside the EU. For an industry that’s used to collecting and sharing data with little to no restriction, that means rewriting the rules of how ads are targeted online.
data  dataprotection  technology  internet  privacy  gdpr 
march 2018 by terry
The lunacy of search term CTAs in TV ads
Additionally, it is very difficult to dominate page one of the search results for those generic terms. Taking the Mini Original commercial shown above, the search query they told viewers to search for online was ‘New Original’. When conducting this search on Google, the first page of results are no where near dominated by Mini. As you can see from the screenshot below, seven of the listings are nothing to do with the car.
advertising  television  internet 
march 2018 by terry
The Grinch who changed to the Twenty Sixteen WordPress theme
What does it take to be able to easily read text? I personally find the paperback book format easiest for reading, so that’s where I take my design cues. It’s light, small and flexible. Text is black on a light (but not bright white) background. Width is 45-65 characters. Ample white space and margins are set in nice proportions to be easy on the eye. If you hold the book further away or closer, or use a magnifying glass, nothing about it changes.
webdesign  design  internet  blog 
february 2018 by terry
The punk rock internet – how DIY ​​rebels ​are working to ​replace the tech giants
Around the world, a handful of visionaries are plotting an alternative ​online ​future​.​ ​Is it really possible to remake the internet in a way that’s egalitarian, decentralised and free of snooping​?
internet  technology 
february 2018 by terry
It's the (democracy-poisoning) golden age of free speech
In the 20th century, the US passed laws that outlawed lead in paint and gasoline, that defined how much privacy a landlord needs to give his tenants, and that determined how much a phone company can surveil its customers. We can decide how we want to handle digital surveillance, attention-­channeling, harassment, data collection, and algorithmic decision­making. We just need to start the discussion. Now.
internet  censorship  socialmedia  surveillance 
january 2018 by terry
After a crazy 2014, About.me zeroes in on mobile
About.me has a huge opportunity going into 2015 to start focusing on revenue. The platform has matured, engagement is up, and there are plenty of features that About.me users would pay for. For example, About.me could offer premium editing and creation tools to the platform so that users can go above and beyond on their profiles.
socialmedia  internet  design 
january 2018 by terry
Top 500 most common passwords visualized
Most common passwords. Is yours here? Also, after some deep analysis, we’ve discovered that passwords fit into 11 categories. See what they are.
internet  security  infographics  datavisualisation  passwords 
january 2018 by terry
Fluid dynamics: how a wall of lava lamps helps encrypt 10% of the internet
And these top-secret cryptographic devices are not hidden behind lock and key, but publicly on view. In fact, additional disturbances from human proximity can add more randomness to the equation. In the end, it’s a surprisingly low-tech solution, but it mixes things up and ultimately does the job.
internet  security  cryptography  technology  computing 
january 2018 by terry
Idle Words: Talks
Talks by Maciej Cegłowski. I have some things to say. One talk per conference, no repeats.
blogs  internet  data  technology 
january 2018 by terry
How very 2017: the trial by media of 11-year-old Keaton Jones
Prevention is better than cure. Due process is better than correction. Who wants to be making the same kind of “Dewey Defeats Truman” mistake in 2017? Or be responsible for the downfall of an 11-year-old boy? We should be careful that in the rush for web traffic, we don’t end up car-crash reporting.
internet  socialmedia  children  journalism 
december 2017 by terry
The death of the internet
Every day I try and look for the systems that will save us. The safeguards that will stop the flood. And every day I find myself asking if they exist at all. More and more, I think the answer is no.
internet 
december 2017 by terry
Page Not Found: A brief history of the 404 Error
That the 404 should have crossover appeal seems fitting. It is near-universal and inherently emotional: pure disappointment, the announcement of an unanticipated problem. It’s also a reminder that technology, and the web in particular, is made by humans, and therefore fallible. The internet, after all, is hardly a well-oiled machine; it’s more like a version of The Garden of Earthly Delights built by unidirectional hypertext and populated by broken links, corrupted image files, and incomplete information.
internet 
december 2017 by terry
Net neutrality: why are Americans so worried about it being scrapped?
On the other side of the battle are companies relying on the internet to connect to customers. Their fear is that in an unregulated internet, ISPs may charge customers extra to visit certain websites, demand fees from the sites themselves to be delivered at full-speed, or privilege their own services over those of competitors.
technology  internet 
november 2017 by terry
CompuServe’s forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down
Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you had a question chances were that a fellow member would answer it–just to be helpful.
via:joeo10  computers  internet  history  technology 
november 2017 by terry
Turning the specter of internet surveillance into art
This isn’t the first iteration of The Glass Room, an art exhibition that revolves around technology, power, and surveillance, but the new location and a shifting mood in popular attitudes toward Silicon Valley are palpable in the newer pieces.
art  technology  fcebook  amazon  internet  surveillance 
november 2017 by terry
The first web apps: 5 apps that shaped the internet as we know it
Something clicked one hot July afternoon, waking Graham up after another 4AM coding session. "Hey, maybe we could make this run on the server and have the user control it by clicking on links on a web page," thought Graham. The software could run on the server, with a web page as the interface customers would use. "I sat up in bed, like the letter L, thinking, 'We have got to try this.'"
history  web  internet 
september 2017 by terry
Smokers are the last nice people online
I’m not sure if this is a particularly illuminating observation, whether it says something profoundly terrible about humanity and where it is headed, or whether this is something we should find solace in. I change my mind about it a lot.
internet  health 
september 2017 by terry
Après Moi, Le Déluge: What went wrong on Reddit
Reddit appears to be overrun by a racist, sexist fringe. It’s not. When interviewed by Aaron Sankin at the Daily Dot, many of Reddit’s unpaid moderators were upset with the mandate to police harassment not because they thought harassment was inherently valuable speech, but because they were angry about not having the appropriate tools to police it. Reddit has driven itself into the ground by the same cost-efficient model that made it rise to the top. The site has a content problem because it has a moderation problem, a terrible labor problem that it has long hidden behind proclamations of “free speech.”
internet  troll  harassment 
july 2017 by terry
Popurls
Mother of news aggregators
internet  news 
june 2017 by terry
Google tracks everything you do: here's how to delete it
Google doesn't make a huge song and dance about its in-depth knowledge of its users, but at the same time it doesn't keep it a secret either. Here's how to find out what Google knows and take control of your data.
via:loughlin  internet  privacy 
june 2017 by terry
Privacy tools & tips for regular folks
The purpose of this site is to provide you, a human, with some relevant tips and tools to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of other humans and machines. It also will hopefully provide some down-to-earth translations of privacy and data protection news into plain and understandable English.
privacy  internet  technology 
june 2017 by terry
Is our smartphone addiction damaging our children?
Research has found a link between ‘technoference’ and poor child behaviour. The need for light relief is very human, but perhaps we can find a happier balance.
technology  internet  parenting  children 
may 2017 by terry
Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus highlights
Global internet use continues to grow at 10% year over year, with 3.4 billion people on the internet as of 2016. Internet advertising spending is expected to surpass TV spending in 2017. Combined, Google and Facebook accounted for 85% of the total internet ad revenue growth between 2015 and 2016.
internet  technology  marketing  advertising  facebook  google  socialmedia 
may 2017 by terry
Ethiopia shut down the internet ahead of a scheduled countrywide national exams
Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with another 288,000 preparing for the grade 12 university entrance exams that will take place next week.
africa  internet  exams  schools 
may 2017 by terry
publishthis.email - publish online in seconds
Simply send an email to page@publishthis.email and we'll turn the content of your email into a web page, using the subject of your email as the title. We reply to your email within seconds with a link to your new webpage.
e-mail  internet  publishing 
may 2017 by terry
Internet Archive: digital library of free books, movies, music & Wayback Machine
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
archive  history  internet  libraries 
may 2017 by terry
‘The internet is broken’: @ev is trying to salvage it
“I think the internet is broken,” he says. He has believed this for a few years, actually. But things are getting worse. “And it’s a lot more obvious to a lot of people that it’s broken.” People are using Facebook to showcase suicides, beatings and murder, in real time. Twitter is a hive of trolling and abuse that it seems unable to stop. Fake news, whether created for ideology or profit, runs rampant. Four out of 10 adult internet users said in a Pew survey that they had been harassed online. And that was before the presidential campaign heated up last year.
facebook  internet  socialmedia  technology  politics 
may 2017 by terry
Facebook goes full “Black Mirror”: how Facebook is making membership a prerequisite to everyday existence
I know that for you Facebook-having people, this is no big deal. You have resigned yourself to the idea of Facebook owning your data. But if you don’t, haven’t and/or won’t resign to this fate, you might end up left, like me, in a peculiar situation: the price of “sharing” a car equals money plus forking over a huge trove of personal data. Personal information is supplanting money as a form of currency.
facebook  internet  technology  privacy 
may 2017 by terry
Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web
Anybody can cram an illegitimate idea into a web page and – so long as it's encoded as AMP content – it'll look like it's from a legit new organization endorsed by Google. Because everything in AMP looks the same. Content shown in Google's AMP view is stripped of all branding as if the content were from a legitimate news agency. There's a not so subtle message behind this lack of branding: it's that the source of information doesn't matter so long as Google got you there.
google  technology  internet 
may 2017 by terry
The weird thing about today's internet
“Any Web 2.0 vendor that seeks to lock in its application gains by controlling the platform will, by definition, no longer be playing to the strengths of the platform,” O’Reilly wrote. O’Reilly had just watched Microsoft vanquish its rivals in office productivity software (Word, Excel, etc.) as well as Netscape: “But a single monolithic approach, controlled by a single vendor, is no longer a solution, it's a problem.” And for a while, this was true.
technology  internet  history  economics 
may 2017 by terry
Registering a single web address may have stopped a global malware attack
That feature was first noticed by a 22-year-old UK researcher who writes under the name MalwareTech. As an experiment, MalwareTech registered the domain; now when the program ran its check, it found the web address registered and occupied. Only later did the effect of that move become clear: occupying the domain prevented any new infections from taking place. When the ransomware discovers the domain is occupied, it abruptly stops the installation process, leaving the larger system unaffected. The result is a major protection for computers still vulnerable to the attack: even if the ransomware software ends up running on your computer, the flipped kill switch will stop it from holding you for ransom.
internet 
may 2017 by terry
Can the Internet be archived?
The footnote, a landmark in the history of civilization, took centuries to invent and to spread. It has taken mere years nearly to destroy. A footnote used to say, “Here is how I know this and where I found it.” A footnote that’s a link says, “Here is what I used to know and where I once found it, but chances are it’s not there anymore.”
internet  history  technology  socialmedia  museums  archive 
may 2017 by terry
'Blue Whale' game: 'Fake news' about teens spread internationally
“It would be very bad if the fake is taken up by Western media,” Apostolov wrote, “because then Russian and other countries’ media will re-publish the stories and point at them as a proof that all this garbage is true.” Google News turned up a number of stories in the UK, as well as coverage in Asia.
internet  safety  children 
april 2017 by terry
Have a conversation
4. Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
internet  children  safety 
april 2017 by terry
Advice for those concerned about the ‘Blue Whale’ hoax
The internet is constantly changing, and new issues and online platforms are arising all the time. We would advise parents and carers to have an open and honest conversation with their children. Ask your children about what they’re seeing online, talk through some of the issues that this game has brought to light, such as self-harm and negative influences online.
internet  children  mentalhealth  safety 
april 2017 by terry
Fact check: Was a game called 'Blue Whale' responsible for dozens of suicides in Russia?
Furthermore, the Novaya Gazeta report was highly criticized at the time of its publication. For instance, the web site Meduza noted that Noyaya Gazeta arrived at their conclusion that a social media game was causing teenagers to commit suicide because several teenagers from the same social media group had taken their own lives. However, Meduza argued, it is more reasonable to assume that depressed or suicidal teenagers are simply drawn to the same social media groups, not that the groups were causing them to commit suicide:
children  safety  internet  socialmedia  mentalhealth  russia 
april 2017 by terry
British children are online more than almost any other developed nation - and are more unhappy as a result
It adds that students that spend prolonged periods browsing social media and the internet are more likely to be bullied and feel isolated at school compared to their peers, and that behaviours associated with excessive internet time are exacerbating the problem.
schools  internet  socialmedia 
april 2017 by terry
Pour some out for the sites that aren’t here
Reading Suck is bizarre now, because on the one hand, its wry, teasing, sweetly cynical voice has shaped so much of what we know of the web, but its style is actually quite different. It’s like reading Don Quixote and realizing that Cervantes’s book somehow contains, in miniature, every novel that came after it, but that it is also somehow older and stranger and more imaginative than all of them.
technology  internet  history 
april 2017 by terry
Cool it: you don’t have to be on every social media app
But you know what? Joke’s on them. Because what Hanks and Ryan do not know, and can’t possibly predict, is that the same series of tubes that’s serving as a conduit for their love will soon obliterate both their businesses! Soon they’ll both be irrelevant! They’re just too blissed out by each other’s electronic mail messages to recognize that this thing in front of them—this Internet—is also a merciless destroyer of worlds.
internet  technology  socialmedia 
march 2017 by terry
txt.fyi
This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web. Write something, hit publish, and it's live. [...] Long live the independent web!
web  technology  internet 
march 2017 by terry
Happy 19th birthday, kottke.org!
The site started as a offshoot of another site I had at the time, which I worked on in my spare time at home on my Pentium Pro 200 with a 56K modem. I worked at a desk that was really a 70s-style kitchen table I’d bought for $25. I’m sitting at that same table writing this right now. Earlier I was struggling to think of something else that’s been in my life for as long as kottke.org has…I guess this table is it.
internet  history  design  technology 
march 2017 by terry
Watching Grass Grow
Watching Grass Grow is more exciting than you might think - check out the pics below! It has also been the site of lotsa Halloween decorations and Christmas lights. Some people really enjoy watching grass grow - Liz even wrote a poem about it and God Himself Emailed His thoughts.
webcam  internet  history 
march 2017 by terry
Searching for Mr. Grass
Tim compares these experiences to ambient music. We can focus exclusively on them, losing ourselves in the notes and the small details, or we can have them on in the background. “It allows the person to establish their own relationships in it,” Tim says. “Yes, what you watch will be mediated. But typically they’re longer shots and it’s not rapid fire. You can make your own stories.”
webcam  internet 
march 2017 by terry
Manifestos and monopolies
There’s just one problem: first, Zuckerberg may be wrong; it’s just as plausible to argue that the ultimate end-state of the Internet Revolution is a devolution of power to smaller more responsive self-selected entities. And, even if Zuckerberg is right, is there anyone who believes that a private company run by an unaccountable all-powerful person that tracks your every move for the purpose of selling advertising is the best possible form said global governance should take?
facebook  politics  internet 
february 2017 by terry
Werner Herzog: 'My fake selves have some unifying sensory organ'
Time and again, his work depicts a natural world which is beautiful and terrible and ultimately uncaring. I wonder if the virtual world is really any different. Herzog frowns at the notion. “No,” he says. “Because it is not independent of us. When we speak of the horrors of the internet, it’s not the internet we are talking about – it’s humans. And human nature manifests itself in a way we have never seen before, because it’s anonymous and it’s on a massive scale. But it is not like nature, that is not it at all. It is human beings using the tool of the internet.”
film  internet  technology  art  movies 
february 2017 by terry
How baring and sharing online increases social conformity
Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?
internet  socialmedia 
january 2017 by terry
Dave Pell: This is why you hate me
Many of us early to the Internet business never would have imagined what really happened. If we had, I’m convinced our drive towards this progress would have been greatly diminshed. In short, everything turned upside down. The open communication network we thought we were building turned into a hunting ground for trolls and spammers; unavoidable because of our ferocious addiction to our mobile screens. Social media evolved into a confirmation bias-riddled cesspool of lies, hate, and totally unrealistic versions of our lives; which would gradually amount to little more than weightless collections of Retweets and Likes. And somehow — with more tools to connect than ever before — we made our lives less diverse; racially, politically, and culturally; each of us left to sink in the quicksand that lines the thickening walls of our silos of homogeneity.
politics  internet 
january 2017 by terry
Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’
Looking back at the 00s, the great mistake of the web’s idealists was a near-total failure to create institutions designed to preserve that which was good about the web (its openness, its room for a diversity of voices and its earnest amateurism), and to ward off that which was bad (the trolling, the clickbait, the demands of excessive and intrusive advertising, the security breaches). There was too much faith that everything would take care of itself – that “netizens” were different, that the culture of the web was intrinsically better. Unfortunately, that excessive faith in web culture left a void, one that became filled by the lowest forms of human conduct and the basest norms of commerce. It really was just like the classic story of the party that went sour.
advertising  internet 
january 2017 by terry
Building a website for your photography portfolio
That said, for all their strengths you’re ultimately just one photographer among many and using a site like Flickr as your primary online portfolio is a bit like going on holiday and sleeping in a shared dormitory rather than your own room.
internet  photography  webdesign 
december 2016 by terry
Creepy futures: Nicholas Carr’s History of the Future
And what glimpses we get of the whole are apt to curl our hair. (As Clay Shirky observes: “The internet means we can now see what other people really think. This has been a huge huge disappointment.”)
internet  technology  books 
november 2016 by terry
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