Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Wide Web): 2016 in Review

Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Wide Web): 2016 in Review By Danny O'Brien It’s been twenty years since John Perry Barlow declared cyberspace independent, but there continues to be a long line of not-so-weary giants aiming to expand their territory over the electronic frontier. Here is…

Here’s what a “digital Miranda warning” might look like

Here’s what a “digital Miranda warning” might look like By Cyrus Farivar Enlarge (credit: Thomas Hawk) Anyone who has ever watched an American crime movie or television show can practically recite the Miranda warning by heart, even if they don’t know its official name. You have…

Access to Public Information

Access to Public Information By Dr. Neal Krawetz I am a huge fan of the Internet Archive (archive.org). They have a fundamental belief that information should be retained. Unfortunately, other organizations seem to be intentionally blocking access. About Time When I first spoke with the…

DRM vs. Civil Liberties: 2016 in Review

DRM vs. Civil Liberties: 2016 in Review By Kit Walsh Imagine a world where your Internet-connected car locks you in at the behest of its manufacturer—or the police. Where your media devices only let you consume mass media, not remix it to publish a counter-narrative…

Before You Pay that Ransomware Demand…

Before You Pay that Ransomware Demand… By BrianKrebs A decade ago, if a desktop computer got infected with malware the chief symptom probably was an intrusive browser toolbar of some kind. Five years ago you were more likely to get whacked by a banking trojan…