Is being anonymous on the Internet really liberating?

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In 2023, it’s very likely that much of your life will be spent living anonymously on the internet. Whether it’s hiding in subreddits, scrolling on Instagram, or posting to a favorite Discord with a random username, most people’s digital diet is to browse and interact with the web without their identity attached. But for as … Read more

You (probably) don’t need Gigabit Internet

A screenshot of the God of War game being downloaded.

You’ve probably seen ads for gigabit internet services that promise blazing speeds that will eliminate lag when you play online and let you upload files in seconds. Upgrading to gigabit sounds tempting—after all, faster speeds are always better, right? Not necessarily. In fact, some entry-level to mid-range internet plans are fine for most people, even … Read more

A TikTok ban would make for an incredibly strange day on the internet

A TikTok ban would make for an incredibly strange day on the internet

Last chance to see? Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photo: Getty Images Last week, in a party vote, the Republican-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance a bill that would give President Biden the authority to sanction or ban TikTok. Over the weekend, Democratic Senator Mark Warner announced that, in cooperation with Republican John Thune, he would … Read more

How section 230 helped shape discourse on the internet

FILE - A sign at Twitter's headquarters is shown in San Francisco on Nov. 18, 2022. Thousands registered complaints about problems logging into Twitter on Saturday, July 1, 2023, after owner Elon Musk restricted most users to view the restrictions of 600 tweets per day he described as an attempt to prevent unauthorized scraping of potentially valuable data from the site.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, archive)

Twenty-six hidden words in a 1996 telecommunications overhaul law allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to become the giants they are today. A case the US Supreme Court heard on Tuesday, González vs. Googlechallenges this law, namely whether the technology companies are responsible for the material posted on their platforms. Judges will decide whether … Read more

Not, like, the nine biggest pundits on the internet: Judges appear wary of sweeping Section 230 ruling – SCOTUSblog

A man speaks at a conference in front of nine bench judges who all appear to be asking him a question.

TOPIC ANALYSIS By Amy Howe on February 21, 2023 at 4.31pm Eric Schnapper argues before the judges for the Gonzalez family. Justice Neil Gorsuch was “under the weather” and participated in the argument from a distance. (William Hennessy) The Supreme Court on Tuesday debated the scope of a 27-year-old federal law that protects social media … Read more

Is your internet connection slow on your Windows laptop, but not on your phone? Here’s how to fix it

Is your internet connection super-fast on your phone but acting like a lazy turtle on your laptop? Can you stream smooth HD video to your mobile device without buffering, but also struggle to open a website on your laptop browser? What is the reason for such a disparaging treatment of different devices by the Internet? … Read more

Iranians see widespread internet blackout amid mass protests

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives for an EU summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, June 29, 2023. European leaders meet for a two-day summit to discuss Ukraine, migration and the economy .  (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Iranians experienced a near-total internet blackout Wednesday amid days of mass anti-government protests over the death of a woman held by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating her strict dress code. An Iranian official had previously hinted that such measures could be taken for security reasons. The loss of … Read more

How Russia took control of the internet in Ukraine in the occupied territories

How Russia took control of the internet in Ukraine in the occupied territories

Internet traffic in Kherson is routed through Russia Internet routing data for a service provider in Kherson shows traffic began flowing through Russian networks in May before switching completely in early June. Internet traffic routed through: Source: Kentik Several weeks after taking control of the southern Ukrainian port city … Read more