Category: Internet

  • Technology, manipulation, things, easy life…

    Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge. The test saw Facebook “manipulate” news feeds to control which emotional expressions the users were exposed to. The research was done in collaboration with two US universities to gauge if “exposure to emotions led people to change […]

  • Facebook, Google, the death of Internet, true knowledge…

    In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is shifting. WhatsApp charges users $0.99 a year, a fee it justifies in a straightforward way—no […]

  • Internet, Brazil, freedom via oppression…

    Brazil’s internet now has its own bill of rights. On 23 April, the country’s president, Dima Rousseff, signed the Marco Civil da Internet, a bill that sets out new guidelines for freedom of expression, net neutrality and data privacy for the country’s 100 million internet users. (1) Can freedom be determined by a… law? Can […]

  • Animals. Facebook. Friends.

    We all know that the internet loves animals. Now you can take that adoration one step further and friend a wild animal on Facebook. The creatures are getting online thanks to WildMe, a social media app that pulls data from citizen-science platform WildBook and turns it into Facebook pages. The prototype app, already live online, […]

  • Blogging together… Dying together…

    We are the first generation of bloggers. We have seen the Internet born. We have watched it grow. We have started writing in it. Surfing in it. And some day, we will be gone. Some day we will simply not be anymore. Our sites, our blogs, our texts, the comments we made to other blogs, the […]