#Cyberculture agenda: “The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online (PEW report)

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

In late 2016, Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as the word of the year, defining it as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Denuvo is billed as the video game industry’s “best in class” DRM, charging games publishers a premium to prevent people from playing their games without paying for them. In years gone by, Denuvo DRM would remain intact for as long as a month before cracks were widely disseminated

Ernie Smith’s Motherboard article on the early years of DRM gets into some fascinating stories about things like IBM’s Cryptolope and Xerox PARC’s Contentguard (which became a patent troll), Intertrust’s belief that it is “developing the basis for a civil society in cyberspace” and the DeCSS fight.

The KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, explained like you’re five

Yesterday, we learned about KRACK (or Key Reinstallation Attack) – a security flaw in the WPA2 protocol, which could see an adversary break the encryption between a router and a device, allowing them to intercept and interfere with network traffic. Or, more succinctly, shit’s fucked. But understanding the issue beyond glib remarks like “shit’s fucked” is tricky. This, obviously, is profoundly complicated stuff. To help clear things, I spoke to David Gorodansky, CEO of AnchorFree and HotspotShield, and asked him to explain KRACK like I was five. Step one, Gorodansky explained, was a hacker finds a network they want to breach…

#MeToo – How One Tweet Inspired a Movement

If you’re like me you’ve noticed your social media feeds are flooded with #MeToo statements, stories, and voices. While it’s sad to think of the number of women who have been impacted by sexual violence, it’s also empowering to know that so many feel brave enough to share their voice via #MeToo. Sexual harassment and assault has been placed front and center from both female and male perspectives, in essence encompassing a Me too-You too-We too-She too-He too dialogue. If anything positive came out of the Harvey Weinstein floodgates it’s that more people than ever are taking to social platforms to shine a light on sexual harassment and assault. Let’s dig into the social data of these #MeToo voices to see a more in depth picture of its impact.

First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society

Dating websites have changed the way couples meet. Now evidence is emerging that this change is influencing levels of interracial marriage and even the stability of marriage itself.

Demonstrators in Barcelona, 2006. Banner reads “We are a nation and we have the right to decide!” Photo by Friviere via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.5)


Rose McGowan has a question for Twitter.

Twitter has been home to many hashtag campaigns, but tonight one is trending that’s a little different: #WomenBoycottTwitter. Sparked by its “temporary lock” of Rose McGowan’s account yesterday, the movement’s purpose is to go dark

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