CNN: Yahoo Wins the Web

(CNN) — This week’s announcement that Yahoo is hiring away Google exec Marissa Mayer as its latest CEO has been met by both Wall Street and the tech industry by yawns and worse.  Yawners cite the fact that Yahoo – by all measures a dying corporation – has hired five CEO’s in as many years. […]   read more »

CNN: Will ISP’s begin spying on users?

  (CNN) — This month, if everything goes according to schedule, your Internet service provider may begin monitoring your account, just to make sure you aren’t doing anything wrong with it — like sharing copyrighted movie or music files. While we might all agree that copyright holders need to be protected, we may not all be equally happy […]   read more »

dr. DR

This is what a dissertation defense ceremony looks like in Utrecht, Holland, where it is conducted pretty much the same way as it was in the 1100’s. I was honored by an illustrious panel of professors who flew in from across Europe to challenge my critique of corporatism as a media environment. It was at […]   read more »

When Change is Always On

My talk from Social Media Week is finally available. This was back in February, when Jeremy Linsanity was at its peak – and while I use his style of play and leadership as a metaphor, the speech is actually about the new form of activism embodied by Occupy and beyond.    read more »

Blessed With Technology: Government Worms

(CNN) — The recently discovered Flame virus bears all the hallmarks of a cyberattack concocted by a nation-state. It’s big and complex and pointed directly at a geopolitical hot zone, Iran. What really gives it away as a government project is the extent to which its programmers sought to keep it out of civilian hands. The malware seems […]   read more »

Child Porn is a Poor Basis for Net Policy

(CNN) — Underage sex trafficking is an awful thing, on that we can all agree. But the growing clamor by individual U.S. states for the shutdown of Village Voice Media’s web-based advertising site, Backpage.com, is panicky, scattershot, legally suspect and potentially just as dangerous. Backpage.com is a personals website with a special “adult” section containing […]   read more »

CNN: State ban on sex listings is a dangerous move

If you go to Backpage.com, you’ll find sexual advertisements such as these. (CNN) — Underage sex trafficking is an awful thing, on that we can all agree. But the growing clamor by individual U.S. states for the shutdown of Village Voice Media’s web-based advertising site, Backpage.com, is panicky, scattershot, legally suspect and potentially just as dangerous. […]   read more »

CNN: The cyberwar may be headed to your computer

Much of the Flame virus code is simply camouflage — 3,000 lines of programming that make it hard to understand. (CNN) — The recently discovered Flame virus bears all the hallmarks of a cyberattack concocted by a nation-state. It’s big and complex and pointed directly at a geopolitical hot zone, Iran. What really gives it away as a […]   read more »

CNN: The IPO that Swallowed Facebook

Facebook advocates are touting the company’s initial public offering this week — the biggest ever for an Internet company– as if it will save the net, the economy and the American way. Its detractors see the final chapter in the rise and fall of a smart but solipsistic Harvard dropout, and predict the inevitable decline […]   read more »

CNN: Why Reining in Google is Good for Us

Google is in the cross hairs as the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission are challenging the firm’s monopoly. (CNN) — I don’t like feeling stuck in a particular operating system, social network or piece of software. It’s not that I won’t commit to a product or company — it’s that I don’t trust any of […]   read more »