Are you good bot or a bad bot?
Are you good bot or a bad bot?

Are you a good bot or a bad bot? We’re talking to you: the majority of internet traffic now originating from bots. You can’t respond? Aren’t you a bot? The latest report from web security and research firm Imperva suggests that – once again – over half the internet traffic today comes from bots. More […]

The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter?
Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter?

Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter? Twitter is afraid they might and it’s imposing – yet again – new measures to keep them at bay. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog announced February 7 it is rolling out its toughest tools yet to limit the ability of trolls to abuse other Twitter users. Measures taken in […]

Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces
Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces

Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces and maybe even transfer to the real world, building a better world with xocial. No, that’s not a typo. xocial is an app, a site (pronounced, “social”), dedicated to making compassion a digitally interactive pursuit, competitive even, where good works and empathy, genuine acts of kindness and […]

Facebook is a media company
Facebook is a media company

No matter if it likes to admit it or not, Facebook is a media company and, perhaps, its new Journalism Project will help it and its users understand that. The social media giant announced its new Journalism Project on January 11 and promised, among other points, it will be “collaborating with news organizations to develop […]

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.
A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S., if Republican telecommunications regulators follow through on a Christmas promise. Meanwhile, across the northern border in Canada its government formally declared just before Christmas high-speed internet access to be “vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive.” The yin and the […]

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Peace and joy to all the world! The wedding on the lawn was just about complete. The bride and groom completed their vows and the minister was just about to pronounced them husband and wife. Before he could finish his words, however, dark clouds suddenly appeared and tumbled overhead and sheets of rain […]

Internet fake news – also known as a lie
Internet fake news – also known as a lie

Internet fake news – also known as a lie – may be the biggest digital news of 2016. What do about it all may become a primary focus of 2017. Or, put another way, 2017 may become the year we grow up on the internet and retrain ourselves to not be so gullible and, well, […]

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers
Rule 41: the FBI in your computers

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers and mobile devices with a single warrant from a single federal judge anywhere in the nation. Yes, you read that right: as of December 1, the FBI can now get a single warrant to search anyone’s computer or mobile device anywhere in the nation in pursuit of whatever […]

Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills
Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills

Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills, according to a survey conducted and published by the Pew Research Center. Specifically, the Pew Study – published in September – found 52 percent of all Americans surveyed are “relatively resistant” to learning new skills needed to advance personal growth or understanding in the digital age. […]