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Quote of the Day: The Frankenstein's Lab that Is the Internet

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 5 2012

"We think of [the Internet] as something like an abandoned mad scientist’s laboratory, in which various experiments in cognitive processing have been left to fizz and overflow together. Some of these experiments are turning into monsters, others unviable chimeras, others yet interesting hybrids." — Henry Farrell, parsing "The Politics of Open Data" on Crooked Timber. Read More

At Congressional Hearing, a Case for the Internet As Rough Consensus and Running Code

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, May 31 2012

A House subcommittee focusing on telecommunications issues on Thursday was the scene of rare bipartisanship between committee Republicans and the Obama Administration as the committee held a hearing on the prospect of a United Nations agency taking over governance of the Internet. Read More

Worth Watching: Pariser, Vaidhyanathan, Morozov and Weisberg On Whether the Internet is Closing Our Minds

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 18 2012

They say that anyone who knows what's good for him will avoid arguing on the Internet.

But what of arguing about the Internet?

That's what four net-centric thinkers — MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, "Googlization of Everything" author Siva Vaidhyanathan, Slate's Jacob Weisberg and "Net Delusion" author Evgeny Morozov — did Tuesday at an Oxford-style debate organized by Intelligence Squared U.S. and held here in New York. At issue: "When it Comes to Politics, The Internet is Closing Our Minds.”

Pariser — author of "The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You" — and Vaidhyanathan argued in favor and won by moving 25 percent of attendees over to their position.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner, Internet Daredevil

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner; photo credit: mysticchildz If you really pay attention to the details of this whole Anthony Weiner situation, one of the things that jumps out is just how amazingly reckless the 46 year-old married ... Read More

Web Filtering in One Virginia County's Schools "Gets Better"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 27 2011

A follow up on that ACLU project that asked kids to test whether gay-related sites, including the "It Gets Better" video effort, were being blocked on their schools' computers: school officials in Prince ... Read More

Clintonite: 'Birthers' Before Ken Starr

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 29 2011

A former Bill Clinton aide says that, compared to special prosecutors, Internet rumors are "lot kinder and gentler at the end of the day." (via Ben Smith) Interesting argument, though didn't Whitewater start as ... Read More

Lessig, Zittrain, McLaughlin, and Solomon Talk Internet Off Buttons

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Over on Al Jazeera, Larry Lessig, Jon Zittrain, Andrew McLaughlin, and Access's Brett Solomon discuss "the politics of the 'Internet Kill Switch,'" as in the idea that a society could have one or a few ... Read More

The Quotable Hillary Clinton

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Wael Ghonim tweets: "Dear Hillary Clinton, thanks to the Internet, we can search for anyone's quotes within any period of time. Did you ever try this?" Burn. (via Ben Smith) Several young figures in the ... Read More