A death on Usenet: Sharon Lopatka and the strange case of “consensual murder”

July 3rd, 2016

To her neighbors she seemed quiet and unassuming. Online, she asked to be tortured and killed.  

How grassroots activists are forcing gun sales off Facebook

July 3rd, 2016

The social network banned private gun sales in January, but a dedicated group of users says it’s fallen to them to enforce the rules.

The sad, strange murder case behind @BillComeans

July 3rd, 2016

Bill Comeans was murdered 36 years ago, but he’s still tweeting from beyond the grave.

How Romania brought broadband to a whole country—and who got left behind

June 26th, 2016

Romania has some of the best broadband connectivity in the world. So why are so many of its citizens still offline?

The Lifeline program, “Obamaphones,” and the struggle to provide broadband for all Americans

June 26th, 2016

For more than 30 years, a U.S. government program has helped provide connectivity to the poor. It recently expanded to provide broadband access—but critics want to shut it down.

Can technology and a new way of teaching help Ghana’s schools?

June 26th, 2016

In the African country, an ambitious program uses video conferencing to train underfunded and overwhelmed teachers. But is it enough?

The digital future of work is leaving the poor behind

June 26th, 2016

Telecommuting is putting an end to long commutes—for everyone but those who need it most.

Reimagining the future of payphones in New York

June 26th, 2016

LinkNYC is a game-changer for New Yorkers who struggle to pay for Internet access.

Meet the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, one of the world’s elite hacking teams

June 12th, 2016

At Carnegie Mellon University, a loose crew of hackers has become a force to be reckoned within the niche cybersecurity competition known as Capture the Flag.

How big data and poker-playing bots are blurring the line between man and machine

June 12th, 2016

Computers have long outclassed humans at chess; more recently they’ve won at Go and even Jeopardy! Now they’re coming for poker. What’s that mean for their human creators?

When cybersecurity research leads to jail time

June 12th, 2016

Independent hackers often reveal security flaws that might otherwise go unfixed. So why are corporations and the government coming after them?

The indie game studio that’s betting it all on virtual reality

June 12th, 2016

Owlchemy Labs’ rise to the top of gaming in VR has been fraught with challenges and risks.

Inside the topsy-turvy world of Useless, Unsuccessful, and/or Unpopular Memes

June 5th, 2016

The successful meme propagates itself, multiplying far and wide across the internet. But what if it didn’t?

The rise and fall of Urlesque, the site that wanted to take memes mainstream

June 5th, 2016

For three and a half years, from 2008 to 2011, Urlesque was the definitive site covering the internet as its own culture. Then AOL shut it down and erased it from the web.

How to speak meme

June 5th, 2016

So you’ve finally decided to browse memes. Here’s how to use the lingo like one of “the crew.”

The enduring memeability of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

June 5th, 2016

Who lives in a pineapple under the meme?

How the internet reinvented a racist old meme to make it all about butts

June 5th, 2016

The “your girl” meme has been around for years, but it’s had a weird resurgence lately.

To whom do memes belong?

June 5th, 2016

I killed Dat Boi, and I’m not sorry.

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