So Open It Hurts
What the Internet did to Aaron Swartz
February 25, 2013

Aaron Swartz is only the latest web prodigy to commit suicide. Why does Internet culture keep devouring its own?

E.T. in the Age of the Cellphone Camera
Can UFO culture survive ubiquitous videography?
February 19, 2013

UFO believers used to cite grainy images as proof of visiting spaceships. But scores of people captured the Russian meteor strike via cellphone video cameras. Cheap and ubiquitous, that technology has changed the nature of proof for unusual phenomena. Which may be bad news for those UFO hunters.

Microsoft's Mark Penn Mistake
The tech giant is treating Google like a political rival
February 15, 2013

It's running a political campaign against Google.

The Inside Story of Why Aaron Swartz Broke Into MIT and JSTOR
The Italian retreat that radicalized the Internet prodigy
February 13, 2013

A two-day retreat helped radicalize the Internet prodigy.

What happens when the town hall goes digital?
February 11, 2013

Local governments have gone online with alacrity. What have their consitutents gained—or lost—as a result?

China Is Not the Gaming Industry's Next Great Frontier
The People's Republic may lift its ban on consoles. It wouldn't be the boon that many expect.
February 05, 2013

The People's Republic may lift its ban on consoles. It wouldn't be the boon that many expect.

Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media
February 05, 2013

Groups like Occupy Wall Street embraced the open-source logic of the Internet as an organizing principle. It explains a lot about why movements fail. 

The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution
Andy Carvin tweeted the Arab Spring. He still missed something by not being there.
January 31, 2013

Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way. 

How Do You Stop Racism on Twitter?
Not by shaming or prosecuting users, for starters
January 31, 2013

France wants to prosecute people who write racist tweets. America prefers a different approach: vigilante justice. Neither one will solve the problem.

Atari Is Not an Anomaly
The pioneering video game company is dead. Its successors are making the same mistakes.
January 29, 2013

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo think it's all about the console and blockbuster games. Atari thought so, too.