internet

WSJ: FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Will OK Pay-To-Play

Initial reports about the FCC’s hotly anticipated net neutrality rules are out, and they are foreboding. While they will prevent broadband providers in the US from blocking legal content on the internet, it does not explicitly ban companies from paying for better service. While that’s bad for net neutrality, it’s not entirely a surprise.


Who Should Control The Internet?

This week, the world’s nations gather to discuss the influence the US wields over the internet and in particular ICANN — the web’s logistical core. But who, exactly, should have the keys to the internet?


What's The Strangest Thing You've Done To Get An Internet Connection?

We’ve all been stranded in an unusual location, desperate for an internet connection but unable to find one that’s easy to use. What’s the craziest solution you’ve ever come up with to get online?


Was This The World's First Emoticon?

The emoticon might be older than we thought. This passage of text, which includes a cheeky smiley, is taken from Robert Herrick’s 1648 poem To Fortune — and it might be the first ever use of an emoticon.


Seriously, Who Invented The Internet, And Why?

Video: People are always confused about who the hell invented the internet as we know it now. Even if they think they know, common mortals are most probably mistaken. This neat little video explains it clearly.


US Military Wants To Turn Its Drones Into Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots

Not to be outdone by Facebook’s vision of a drone internet, the military is whipping up unmanned aerial Wi-Fi hotspots of its own. Unused drones from the war in Iraq are getting a second life as part of DARPA’s Mobile Hotspots program.


Views Of A Dark World: Illuminating Unseen Infrastructure

For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines largely unaware of the hard and soft infrastructure — from pipes to policies — on which these systems rest. That is, until unexpected events, so-called black swans, illuminate the previously hidden pieces and surprise or unsettle us by their presence and function.


Should Copyright Law Also Cover Hyperlinks?

The US Copyright Office recently proposed a seemingly small addition to copyright law that bears some huge implications. It wants to enable copyright holders to protect unauthorised versions of their work from hyperlinks. You read that right: It could soon be illegal simply to link to certain content.


How Secure Are Your Favourite Websites?

Heartbleed is a scary thing. Aside from the violent-sounding name, the vulnerability in OpenSSL security protocols spans the entire internet and affects most of the sites we know, love and use on a daily basis. Even outside of Heartbleed, not all security protocols are created equal. So how do you know who to trust?


This Video Reveals The Origin Scenes Of The Internet's Most Famous Memes

Video: Memes are so damn clever at capturing emotion and feeling that they’re pretty much the clearest way to communicate on the Internet. Need to explain your disappointment in something? Throw up that facepalm. And though most pop culture junkies can figure out where most memes and image macros come from, this video shows the exact source and scene of the movie where some of the Internet’s most famous memes came from. It’s like seeing the Internet come to life.