Cyberculture agenda: 2015 Pioneer Award Winners… More revelations from the Ashley Madison hack…

Ceremony for Honorees on September 24 in San Francisco

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce the distinguished winners of the 2015 Pioneer Awards: the late international privacy expert Caspar Bowden, the human rights and global security researchers at The Citizen Lab, international Internet access champions Anriette Esterhuysen and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and digital community advocate Kathy Sierra.


Annalee Newitz reports that very few of the female profiles at the hacked site appear to represent real people.

Before hack, Ashley Madison was building an app called ‘What’s Your Wife Worth’

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I think most people can agree that Ashley Madison is pretty terrible. But if it can be believed, the people behind the adulterous dating website were working on something just as appalling. According to the Daily Dot, leaked emails from the Ashley Madison hack last week show that Avid Life Media, the adultery site’s parent company, was working on a an app called ‘What’s Your Wife Worth.’ around 2013. It’s about as obnoxious as it sound.   Basically, the app would allow you to place a dollar value on women as a rating system. It’s somewhat akin other attractiveness-rating sites, just framed under…
Report: Yep, Ashley Madison is full of Fembots

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In the wake of the scandal-inducing Ashley Madison data dump, there has been plenty of skepticism regarding the demographics of the site’s 37 million users. The hackers who orchestrated the dump, Impact Team, have accused Ashley Madison of fraud and claimed 90 to 95 percent of female users are robots created by the company. Ashley Madison and its parent company, Avid Life Media, was also sued by an employee in 2013 who claimed her role was to write thousands of fake profiles. Armed with the data from the dump, Gizmodo parsed through user data to find out whether allegations of…
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It happens to everyone at some point: You look back on a website design and realize that you made a mistake.

Watch Out, Twitch: YouTube Gaming Just Went Live

Watch Out, Twitch: YouTube Gaming Just Went Live

Twitch meets a formidable competitor in YouTube Gaming, which works surprisingly well on its first day out.

Your Dreams of Using Nothing But Emoji Are Realized

Your Dreams of Using Nothing But Emoji Are Realized

Mavis Beacon would be ashamed.

Accountability projects that track deleted tweets from politicians and public officials suffered a critical setback this week when Twitter killed their ability to collect that information. This move comes a few months after the service shut down the U.S. version of Politwoops, the best known of these projects, and extends the ban to some 30 other jurisdictions.

IBM’s lost, glorious fabric design

It’s a pity that IBM hasn’t made this fabric since 1950 or so, because I would rocka pair of pajamas in this pattern (or hell, a big suit!).

Facebook’s M is a Siri-like personal assistant for Messenger

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Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging Products David Marcus today announced a new service called M. M is designed to be your personal assistant, which you can use to ask for recommendations such as gift ideas or restaurants to visit when you’re traveling.

Twitter is heavily male and white, but it has a plan to change all of that

Twitter has released its diversity numbers, and the company is unsurprisingly skewed toward white males. Overall, Twitter is 66 percent male, and 59 percent white. In tech, the number of males skyrockets to 87 percent, but the percentage of white dips slightly to 56 percent.

The Evolution of the Facebook Algorithm: What it Means for Your Social Strategy

Remember when we could post on Facebook and our fans would actually see it? Those were the days. Let’s get nostalgic and take a look at some of the major updates.

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