Mass Shootings Are Destroying Our Sense of Public Space

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 12:57 PM

This article is published in partnership with The Trace. An annual block party that for more than half a century has been a beloved reunion of longtime residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood.

The Art of Gig

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:37 PM

A weekly dose of soul food for indie consultants who insist on viewing gigcraft as soulcraft, and want to solve for deep fun and maximal interestingness while living from gigcheck to gigcheck. By Venkatesh Rao.

Researchers Show How Europe's Data Protection Laws Can Dox People

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:32 PM

Europe’s controversial privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulator—better known as GDPR—has been hailed by some as a solution to tech companies’ pervasive data collection and tracking.

WordPress team working on daring plan to forcibly update old websites

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:02 AM

The developers behind the WordPress open-source content management system (CMS) are working on a plan to forcibly auto-update older versions of the CMS to more recent releases.

Malvertising: Online Advertisings Darker Side

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:27 PM

By Nick Biasini, Chris Neal and Matt Valites. As this blog will cover in detail, malvertising is a problem not strictly associated with basic web browsing. It can also come with other software programs including adware or potentially unwanted applications (PUA).

Gender Will Be An Issue For Men As Well As Women In 2020

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 8:36 AM

Some voters are plainly worried about whether a woman can defeat President Trump in 2020. But maybe they shouldn’t be. This might seem like a strange argument to make — after all, I recently wrote an article outlining the many challenges that women face when they run for office.

Most Latinos Now Say It’s Gotten Worse For Them In The U.S.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:01 PM

The shooting in El Paso last weekend was one of the deadliest attacks against Latinos in recent memory. And in the aftermath, President Trump was blamed for encouraging the violence with his inflammatory anti-immigrant language, although he’s dismissed this criticism so far.

White House drafting executive order to tackle Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 9:06 AM

The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter — a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore “all r…

Detecting incognito mode in Chrome 76 with a timing attack

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Chrome 76 makes the FileSystem API available in incognito mode, preventing websites from detecting incognito users based on the presence of the API. In incognito mode, Chrome stores data written to the API in memory instead of persisting it to disk like in normal mode.

The Polite Landscape

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:26 AM

I was thinking about cave lions. ¬†These were British lions that were the size of a car, that haunted Britain ten thousand years ago. ¬† And by haunted, I mean the myth of the British lion extends into Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden.

Does talent matter?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:26 AM

I’ve recently been in Germany which, to a greater extent than many other countries (such as my own), is a functioning and prosperous liberal democracy. It wasn’t always thus, as every participant in internet debate know very well.

Why Joaquin Castro’s tweet of a list of Trump donors is so controversial

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:16 AM

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) is under fire for tweeting out a list of donors to President Donald Trump. Why the maneuver is so controversial isn’t entirely clear: It’s all information that was already public.

The Unsexy Threat to Election Security

Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 9:18 PM

Much has been written about the need to further secure our elections, from ensuring the integrity of voting machines to combating fake news.

A Military Contractor Is Flying Spy Balloons High Over the Midwest

Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 6:43 PM

The United States military is now testing high-altitude surveillance balloons across the Midwest, according to documents a military contractor filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The news was first reported by The Guardian.

America has a housing segregation problem. Seattle may just have the solution.

Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Most American cities have a stark racial divide. In Seattle, the divide runs north to south: North Seattle is largely white; South Seattle is largely not. And as is usually the case in the US, the racial divide is also an opportunity divide.