For the past two years, Montreal-based artist Sophie Labelle has published Assigned Male, a webcomic about an 11-year-old transgender girl named Stephanie who is in earliest stages of transitioning and coming out to the people around her. While Labelle's work has been noted in the queer webcomics community for its frank and powerful portrayals of everyday life for trans youth, the artist has recently become a victim of a targeted attack from online trolls, who have sent her death threats and doxxed her personal information such as her address in an attempt to scare her.
In recent weeks, both Netflix and Disney have been threatened by movie pirates who demanded a ransom in exchange for not leaking big ticket films and shows. In both cases, the companies have refused to pay. The producers of India's most successful film of all time were also the victims of blackmail, and six suspects were arrested this week.
PayPal sued Pandora on Friday, claiming that the struggling music streaming service ripped off its distinctive blue logo in the hopes of piggybacking on PayPal's popularity. PayPal savagely disses Pandora's business model in its complaint, basically claiming that Pandora's user base is faltering so much that it has to trick PayPal's customers into accidentally clicking on the streaming app.
A couple of weeks ago, John Oliver asked viewers to express their concerns about net neutrality on the FCC's website. Shady antics ensued and the FCC claimed its official website fell victim to a DDoS attack. Activists, senators and security experts have demanded to see the logs, but the FCC has decided they can't show anyone because of "privacy" concerns.
Ashley Madison is back... supposedly. The cheating site claims it added more than 400,000 global users last month, according to a New York Post report. The supposed growth is especially surprising given that the site experienced a massive data breach in July 2015 that exposed thousands of names and addresses of adulterers including thousands of government employees and conservative reality television star Josh Duggar.
A week after WannaCry induced worldwide panic, another vicious ransomware attack is currently underway.
After seven years in a military prison, Manning was free on May 17. And over the last few days, her social media posts have been reminding us of the good old internet, before logging on meant bracing yourself for news of the next disaster.
The Australian porn scene is struggling.
Post-Pornhub, there's simply less demand — for paid content, for new content. But if history has proven anything, it's that pornography finds a way.
We spoke to some of Australia's premier porn performers and producers. They're struggling, they're doing it tough, but they're using technology (and their innate sense of hustle) in a last gasp fight for survival.
Three years ago, a website was created as a refuge for the communities deemed too hateful or toxic to exist on the lenient-to-a-fault social aggregator Reddit. That site was a knockoff called Voat which was identical in purpose and design, only its founding communities were groups like v/FatPeopleHate and the anti-black v/CoonTown.
In a completely expected but still crappy move, the US FCC voted today to move ahead with Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back net neutrality rules enacted under the Open Internet Order of 2015.