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The internet is getting less free

The internet is getting less free

Free speech and privacy on the internet declined globally for the ninth consecutive year according to the Freedom on the Net 2019 report by bipartisan watchdog and think tank Freedom House. The report’s authors cite two main reasons for the decline: increased online election interference — by government and civilian actors alike — and increased…
Netflix Is Testing Sped-Up Viewing — & The Internet Is Freaking Out

Netflix Is Testing Sped-Up Viewing — & The Internet Is Freaking Out

This test gives viewers the option to slow down what they're watching at 0.5 or 0.75 times the normal speed, as well as to speed it up by either 1.25 or 1.5 times (a feature that is already available on YouTube). Convenient, sure, if you're interested in watching a scene you love in slo-mo or…
AOC Grilled Mark Zuckerberg Over Facebook Lies & The Internet Is Here For It

AOC Grilled Mark Zuckerberg Over Facebook Lies & The Internet Is Here For It

"Do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact-checking on political advertisements?" she asked, to which he responded, "Well, Congresswoman, I think lying is bad, and I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie in it, that would be bad. That’s different from it being...in our…
Clueless Is Getting A Very 2019 Reboot & The Internet Says “As If”

Clueless Is Getting A Very 2019 Reboot & The Internet Says “As If”

It’s not like Clueless is pulling off an entirely new trick, either. Riverdale basically did the same thing for Archie Comics, and despite the fact that the show only makes sense 20% of the time, I’m still watching it, four seasons later. The CW’s latest, Nancy Drew, is already shaping up to be a super…
Vox Sentences: Internet down and protesters out in Iraq

Vox Sentences: Internet down and protesters out in Iraq

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Migrant DNA collection program to expand; Iraqi protests met with force. The Trump administration wants migrants’ DNA Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty…
Joker Is A Dangerous Film — & It’s Bringing Out The Worst In The Internet

Joker Is A Dangerous Film — & It’s Bringing Out The Worst In The...

The fact that critics — mostly women — are facing the wrath of Joker fans who are already invoking the fanboy venom we’ve become accustom to (see: Star Wars) doesn't surprise me. Unfortunately for women who write things on the internet, threats come to with the gig, particularly when the thing you are writing about…
These Are The Cutest Laptop Cases On The Internet

These Are The Cutest Laptop Cases On The Internet

A laptop is, in our humble opinion, an excellent opportunity to accessorize. Whether you bring it to your neighborhood coffee shop, to work, or to class, you should dress it up accordingly — for both function and fashion purposes, of course. Ahead, our favorite laptop cases that money can buy, from the practical, scratch-proof variety…
Pete Buttigieg says Americans should have the right to hide personal details from the internet

Pete Buttigieg says Americans should have the right to hide personal details from the...

If you live in the European Union, you can ask platforms such as Google to remove certain search results about you or a close associate. If you live in the United States, you cannot. 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wants to change that. On an upcoming episode of our podcast Recode Decode, which will be…
How prayer helped me detox from the internet

How prayer helped me detox from the internet

I was raised to pray daily. Orthodox Judaism values routine above all — there are specific windows of time for morning, afternoon, and evening prayers, in order to ensure consistency. As a teenager and in my early 20s, I loved this ritual dearly. The practice gave my day structure, purpose, focus. Wherever I was, I…
The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month

The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month

Nothing is ever free, especially on the internet. Internet companies collect data about you — what sites you visit, what you buy, what demographic you fit into — in exchange for “free” use of their products, like Google’s Gmail and Maps or Facebook and Instagram. They use that data in part to make your experience…

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