The week of January 18, 2015

The Equality Issue

How accessible is the Internet?

By S.E. Smith

We graded 10 popular sites on accessibility issues—and the results were shocking.

Quote of the week

“While there will always be a place for charismatic leaders that can channel the feelings and aspirations of different groups of people, these ‘lightning rod’ figures are no longer necessary for movements to form today.”

—Chris Messina


Mexico’s moment of clarity

By Ramon Ramirez

The disappearance of 43 college students has sparked a cultural tipping point.

The new era of hashtag activism

By Andrew Couts

The tides are turning on Twitter.

The weird racial politics of online dating

By Aaron Sankin

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.

10 women who changed the tech industry forever

By Olivia Cole

History might have forgotten the contributions of these female pioneers, but you shouldn’t.

Me IRL: Desus

By Ramon Ramirez

Twitter’s sharpest sociopolitical sounds off.


A virtual city without curbs

By Thomas A. Panek

We need regulations to make the Web more accessible for users—blind and sighted.

The way we talk when we talk about stuttering

By Mona Behnaz Maali

Stuttering is a profoundly isolating experience, but the Internet is helping change that.

The problem with #JeSuisCharlie

By Patrick Decarlo

Terrorism isn’t justified—but neither is racism.

It’s time to learn how to write about transgender people

By Samantha Allen

Let’s do better in 2015.