internet

I Used A 56K Modem For A Week, And It Was Hell On Earth

In 1998, the year the first 56K modem was available for purchase, I was in the eighth grade. At that age anything that was not a video game was useless to me. Most of my reading material was still on paper. Porn was still the occasional nipple floating beneath a scrambled TV miasma. It was a simpler time.


ISIS Has A New Terrorism Tactic: Doxing US Soldiers 

The Islamic State’s “Hacking Division” has posted personal information about more than 100 US military personnel online, and is encouraging supporters in America to use the info to kill the military members. Doxing is the latest digital weapon in ISIS’s tech-savvy arsenal.


See How Data Moves With This Vintage-Inspired Map Of Submarine Cables

Do you like vintage maps? Do you like the internet? Then you’ll love this vintage-inspired world map of the underwater cables that connect the entire planet.


Relive The Internet Of The 1990s In 6 Gifs

Thirty years ago, on 15 March, 1985, the first .com domain name — symbolics.com — was registered by the technology company Symbolics, marking the birth of the commercial internet. But things started heating up in the 1990s. Click back to those days with these nostalgic gifs.


Read The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Here

This is it. This is the day that your overly specific and impressively sceptical questions about the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules can finally be answered. The agency just released the full text of the policy that will protect the open internet.


Why America's Internet Is So Shitty And Slow

You may have heard that the internet is winning: net neutrality was saved, broadband was redefined to encourage higher speeds, and the dreaded Comcast-Time Warner Cable megamerger potentially thwarted. But the harsh reality is that America’s internet is still fundamentally broken, and there’s no easy fix.


Why A Silk Road Retrial Is Necessary 

It only took a few hours for a jury to convict Ross Ulbricht of running the infamous online drug marketplace Silk Road, so the urge to write off Ulbricht’s lawyer’s bid for a retrial as a desperate move is understandable. But desperate or not, a retrial is important, and it should be granted. Because the FBI evidence that led to Ulbricht’s guilt may not have been collected legally.


Australia's Internet And Mobile Plans Are Slowly Getting Cheaper

Good news for all Aussies — our internet and mobile phone lines are getting cheaper, all around the country. Not overnight, and not by a huge amount, but it’s happening.


Inflight Internet Is The Most Useful Thing In The Entire World

As I write this right now, I’m over the coast of southern India, about 41,000ft in the air on an Emirates Airbus A380. But I’m not disconnected from the world; the ‘net up here is actually quite fast.


The Lamest Official Reactions Against Net Neutrality

Let’s all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America’s history is a step in the right direction. But that didn’t stop an army of naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their profits. Some chose half-intelligent ways to make those arguments. Others did some pretty dumb stuff.