Posts tagged internet
“Introducing your home computer’s direct line to The Washington Post”
sounds useful. i wonder if they’d be so excited to send the paper digitally if they knew what would happen.
(via @Pergam on twitter)
Would you get cryogenically frozen?
Several weeks ago, 23-year old Kim Suozzi asked the Reddit community what she should do with the last few months of her life.
Suozzi has terminal brain cancer and is only expected to live for another three to six months. Among the many responses received, Suozzi was particularly intrigued by the suggestion that she have herself cryonically preserved.
A group of futurists to set up a charity to help Suozzi afford the expensive procedure — and it looks like they just might help her do it.
Sounds like a nice little party. Ukelele’s. Guac. People. You in? Who wants to go?
Well, I just invited 20,000+ strangers to a picnic.
If you haven’t heard of it, The Listserve is an amazing experiment out of ITP where one person a day from the list is chosen to send one email out to everybody. I got picked a couple days ago.
Most of the time, people tell stories or give life advice or share recipes. I thought it’d be interesting to take it beyond the screen and bring it into a different medium: PICNICS.
Here’s what I wrote:
My name is Nicole. I live in Brooklyn, NY, work at Kickstarter, and I like knitting, tiny instruments, and avocados. I’m interested in internet communities, but what really tickles me is bridging that terrifying gap between cyberspace and meatspace.
So, let’s try something.
On Sunday, August 26th at 1 pm EST, I am going to be at the following coordinates:
(Note: If you’re using an iPhone, Google Maps does a weird thing where sometimes it shows you an incorrect pin on a path nearby, which isn’t the right place, but it should show the correct pin on a computer. If it looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s correct. Email me for details. Or leave it up to fate.)
I will bring a blanket, a kite, a ukulele, and food. You will be there too, bringing your friends, your dogs, your friends’ dogs, cookies, napkins, instruments, brown-bagged beer, and anything or anyone else you’d like. It’s entirely possible that it’ll just be you and me, sitting awkwardly around a bowl of browning guacamole. Or maybe it’ll be you and me and 20,915 of our closest internet friends. Who knows?
I have a mole under my eye and I’ll be wearing red.
See you soon.
I’ve gotten about 80 emails in 30 minutes, so it seems like it won’t just be me and a couple friends knitting under a tree. (I’ll try to respond to everyone, but it’ll probably take me a bit!)
And since I’ve already invited most of the internet, I think I should take this opportunity to invite everyone to this thing, even if you aren’t on The Listserve. You too. I’m inviting you.
As for more verbal directions to getting to those coordinates, here they are: if you enter Prospect Park from Grand Army Plaza, you’ll see a huge field. Walk across the field until you see a line of trees on a hill. I’ll be there with a picnic blanket I just ordered on Amazon.
So, see you Sunday, internet?
In the space of about an hour Honan went from being a digital maven to a stone age basket case.
Hackers can do a lot worse than steal your data and identity. They can wipe your digital life almost entirely so you’ll never get it back.
Just ask Mat Honan, a writer for Wired who suffered this attack. Friday evening, the San Francisco-based journalist had his iPhone reboot to a setup screen, its storage erased. By the time he realized what was happening his MacBook Air had locked him out as part of a remote wipe, his iPad was nuked, his Google account was deleted and his widely followed twitter handle was spewing racist and homophobic garbage.
The net can be a dangerous place.
Before triple-jumper Voula Papachristou even had a chance to take the field at the London Summer Olympics, she tweeted the following: “With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”
The tweet set off a firestorm with many calling the tweet racist. Just days before the opening ceremonies, the Greek athlete lost the support of the Olympic crowd — and her chance to compete.
By now, you have heard the story of bus monitor Karen Klein and how she was horribly bullied by a busload of kids on a trip in Greece, NY.
Reddit user Max Sidorov of Toronto started a fundraiser for Klein after he heard of her salary of $15,506.
The site has pulled in more than $300,000!!!! And it keeps climbing. News of Klein’s experience has gone viral.
According to CBSNews, “Police said Karen Klein does not want her young tormenters to face criminal charges, partly because of the storm of criticism leveled at the boys from the Rochester suburb of Greece after the video went viral.”
And according to CNN, the children heard in the video are receiving death threats from others.
According to a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), led by associate professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Alessandro Acquisti, it is now even easier to identify and access your personal information from photos posted on the Internet
….In arguably the most disturbing experiment, Acquisti used students who had their date of birth and hometown publicly posted on their social network profile to predict their Social Security numbers (SSNs). By using techniques from a previous study showing that SSNs can be somewhat accurately guessed using public information, Acquisti correctly identified the first five digits of SSNs in 16 percent of the students. After four attempts, the accuracy rate jumped to 27 percent.