Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts
Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts

Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts in the second half of 2016, according to its latest Transparency Report, published March 21. The company removed those accounts on its own, after its own investigations, without waiting for complaints to be filed by Twitter users themselves. Twitter users or governments reporting tweets promoting terrorism amounted to less […]

Surf the internet faster on U.S. coasts
Surf the internet faster on U.S. coasts

Broadband users can surf the internet faster on U.S. coasts than in middle America, according to a new report on connectivity speeds. What this means is residents of the American Midwest, the Great Plains, some parts of the South, the western mountain states tend to have slower internet speeds than residents of the U.S. East […]

Internet privacy is dead in America
Internet privacy is dead in America

Internet privacy is dead in America. Not that it was ever really alive in the first place. If you use the internet your digital life is an open book, there for anyone to see, corporations to use and governments to peruse. That is a fact of life in the digital age. But even the faintest […]

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 […]

FCC now building walls on the internet?
FCC now building walls on the internet?

Is the new FCC now building walls on the internet? A flurry of actions late last week by the Trump Administration’s new regulators of national communications – the U.S. Federal Communications Commission – certainly make it seem as if roadblocks at least are set to go up on the information superhighway in America. After pledging […]

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 […]

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. […]