The 451 HTTP error code, first proposed in 2012 as a tribute to Ray Bradbury’s classic novel is now an IETF standard and is the preferred error message for a server to send to a browser when content is blocked for legal reasons. (more…)

New ten-part series on surveillance & corruption from creator of Aaron Swartz doc

animation (2)Brian Knappenberger, the documentarian who created The Internet’s Own Boy, a beautiful documentary about Aaron Swartz, has announced a new ten-part documentary series called “Truth and Power,” which will show on Pivot.(more…)

Researchers found Twitter users are happy to respond to calls to action from bots, but only if the bots don’t act too human.


“We know of no case where such an addition of exceptional access capabilities has not resulted in weakened security.” (more…)

The CIA Secret to Cybersecurity That No One Seems to Get
Native Videos Dominate on Facebook (Study)

With video beginning to dominate Facebook, native videos have been dominant in terms of engagement.

A new study by social analytics provider Quintly found that Facebook native videos are drawing up to four times more interactions than videos uploaded from other sources.

A Brazilian Judge Has Shut Down WhatsApp for 48 Hours, as Brazil’s Congress Looks to Shutter the Whole Internet

A judge in Brazil has ordered WhatsApp to be shut down for 48 hours due to the company “not cooperating” with an investigation into the company prompted by its telcom rivals. Additionally, the Brazilian congress is preparing a number of draconian bills that could damage or shut down social media in Brazil.
Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

Computer scientists are abuzz over a fast new algorithm for solving one of the central problems in the field.

Congress easily passed a thinly disguised surveillance provision — the final version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA — on Friday; it was shoehorned into a must-pass budget bill to prevent a government shutdown before the holidays.

Born of a climate of fear combined with a sense of urgency, the bill claims to do one thing — help companies share information with the government to heed off cyber attacks — and does entirely another, increasing the U.S. government’s spying powers while letting companies with poor cyber hygiene off the hook. It’s likely to spawn unintended consequences.

Bro: a free/open intrusion detection system


“Bro network” an (unfortunately named) open/free IDS that turns all your network traffic into events that can trigger scripts you write. As Nat writes, “Good pedigree (Vern Paxson, a TCP/IP elder god) despite the wince-inducing name.” (more…)

The 2015 Data Awards


A very special ceremony, honoring the year’s most interesting people and stories from the world of data. Presented by What’s The Point‘s Jody Avirgan and the FiveThirtyEight staff.

The best twitter bots


Zachary M. Seward picks the best Twitter bots of 2015 for Quartz. My favorite is Derek Arnold’s @FFD8FFDB, which tweets random screengrabs from insecure, internet-connected security cameras around the world.

peter-sundeFormer Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde has always been very outspoken about people’s inherent drive to copy things.

Why 2015 was the year of emoji


Let’s do an experiment. Grab your phone and open up your text messages. Scroll through a text thread until you land on an emoji. Chances are you didn’t have to scroll very far if at all, right?

Democratic Debate Spawns Fantasy Talk on Encryption

During Saturday’s debate, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said the U.S. should commission a “Manhattan-like project,” a reference to the secret World War II-era atomic bomb endeavor, to address the alleged threat encryption poses to law enforcement. She also admitted she doesn’t actually understand the technology.

The Untold Story of Silk Road’s Rise—and Fall

The Untold Story of Silk Road’s Rise—and Fall

The story how Silk Road grew into a $1.2 billion operation, and how federal law enforcement shut it down.

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