Hello there. How are you today? I'm good. Totally haven't been going through your Facebook wall, photos, mutual friends, attractive non-mutual friends, and interests for the past hours. It's great to see you again - it's been such a long time! This article is about that - and a little bit about robots, hacking, internet vigilantes.
digital spelunking [theatlantic.com]
Raiders of the Lost Web
Excellent long read on the nature of things that disappear from the web. While instant duplication and redistribution can save something from ever disappearing, we still lose things to the ocean that is the internet. If a major host of something goes down or removes that thing, there might be duplicates out there - simply too deep, unindexed, on the ocean floor of the web.
women who code [wired.com]
Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself
A great historical read on one of the most important women in space computing history.
neat term [fusion.net]
The rise of the ‘digilantes,’ the internet’s superheroes
Online vigilantes track down and shame child pornography consumers and sites. A look at the psychology of such a person - and the dangers of doing the dirty work outside of the law.
The Cyber Activists Who Want to Shut Down ISIS
GhostSec and CtrlSec target "Islamic extremist content" from behind the guise of the internet. It's democratically and legally ambiguous, but it also makes for great reading.
do I look like a dissident in this profile pic? [fusion.net]
The age of profile anxiety
Oh, just another Minority Report-is-actually-a-futureactive-documentary blog post about Peeple and China's social reputation system.
shame game [slate.com]
The Shame of Finding Your Younger Self Online
There's definitely some stuff online I'm not proud of (for instance: being a preteen on the internet). The worst part about this is that people are so frequently unable to perceive the depth or change in another person. A lack of perception of changing sense of identity in others - a difficulty understanding that you at one time may not even be tangentially similar to you in another time except in name and face.
let's get rich and party [nytimes.com]
The Death of the Party
I've been thinking a lot about scale lately, which had an interesting run in with this article. It seems like scale, city-congregation, and the "squashing" of space caused by ubiquitous, service-based technology are fundamentally changing the way that we interact, date, and socialize. I have a weird 90s-kid nostalgia for a past that I never experienced (thanks Hollywood), but it seems like we might have to start planning for an interpersonal future that's vastly different. Bring me my headset.